Tranquil Waters players win annual bowls tournament

TEAMWORK: The Tranquil Waters Winning Team of Marg Cassidy, Graham Bray, Jean Hardman, Janice Sichter and Barry Moore.
TEAMWORK: The Tranquil Waters Winning Team of Marg Cassidy, Graham Bray, Jean Hardman, Janice Sichter and Barry Moore.

TRANQUIL Waters Retirement Village players have dominated the annual indoor bowls tournament among other Redland villages and winning the Home Instead Shield.

The competition saw 32 players from eight retirement villages flock to Tranquil Waters on August 22 during Queensland Seniors Week to play fours and enjoy a lunch together.

Salford Waters mixed team placed second while Adventist Retirement Village came third.

Long standing resident and avid bowler Marg Cassidy said the day was competitive but everyone enjoyed themselves.

“It was really wonderful camaraderie between players from all of the local villages who bowled on the day,” she said.

“It was exciting to have a back to back win on last year’s tournament, but just the enjoyment of participating and sharing our lovely location with others is what’s so important.

“The majority of us are recreational players so it is always really lovely to meet up once a year and catch up.”

Ms Cassidy said she remembered when she joined the event that had been running for about 20 years.

“I have been playing in the tournament for 14 years and the tournament was well established before I began playing,” she said.

“I remember being told the Adventist Retirement Village were winning the trophy every year.

“They had magical bowlers in their 80s and 90s and I was in my 60s at the time.”

Ms Cassidy said she credited the late Jack Voller who taught many players at Tranquil Waters how to bowl.

“He was also a fantastic player that taught me how to play while he was in his 80s,” she said.

“He was like the Adventist players – it was like he had the bowl on a string and developed us into all good players.”

Ms Cassidy recalled the first time they won the tournament.

“In 2004, Jack’s wife said we won’t win Marg because that village is so good,” she said.

“Being a newbie and hoping for the best I said we can try.

“We won our first game then.”

Ms Cassidy said she looked forward to the next tournament in a year’s time.