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Bowling for love... Husband and wife duo Bill and Noeline Crawford have been members of the Gore Bowling Club for 32 years. PHOTO: LUCY MCDONOUGH

‘The numbers kept going down . . . when we joined it was a job for a lady to get a spot because they had so many already.’

Bill and Noeline Crawford have been married 62 years and for 32 of those they have been members of the Gore Bowling Club.

In their time as avid bowlers the pair had seen and experienced many ups and downs, they said.

The couple, who are life members, joined the club after Mrs Crawford tried croquet. It was not quite for her, so she went with Mr Crawford to the bowling club she said.

“It’s much more enjoyable,” Mrs Crawford said.

“We had always played sports, so we thought why not give bowling a go?” Mr Crawford said.

Throughout their time at the club they had made many friends and enjoyed going to different clubs and meeting new people.

They had played and won as a doubles team many times.

“We play together most of the time. As of late we have been, anyway,” Mrs Crawford said.

“We’ve played in quads and triples, too,” Mr Crawford said.

Over their time at the club the couple had noted a few highs and lows.

Mrs Crawford said she saw a difference in the number of women playing the sport.

“The numbers kept going down . . . when we joined it was a job for a lady to get a spot because they had so many already,” she said.

“When we started there there were 80 members and now there are about 20-25 members.”

Mr Crawford said he felt like the lack of numbers was due to not as many young people playing sport.

“Everybody used to play sport on a Saturday,” he said.

The pair said there were many benefits to getting out there and playing the sport, including keeping the body and mind active.

For now the pair said they would be playing less bowls but Mr Crawford would still be heading down to play on a Saturday, while Mrs Crawford helped with the afternoon tea.

To anybody considering playing bowls, Mr Crawford said to get in contact with the Gore Bowling Club and give it a go.