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Flying the flag . . . The Riversdale Bowling Club team which won the Eastern Southland pennants competition are (from left) Terry McKenzie, Phil Cross, Barry Winwood, Lindsay Hall, Ross McKee, Alex Cross and John Mackay. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Riversdale Bowling Club trophy cabinet is looking very prosperous.

The club has ended the season with nine trophies won in either Eastern Southland competitions or interclub meetings.

Club president John Mackay said he could not remember a year when the club had done so well.

”We’ve obviously had a very rewarding year,” Mckay said.

It was not easy to explain why and might be more about luck than good management, he said.

”Sometimes we might lose a couple of games by one point and sometimes we win a couple of games by one point,”

”We just had a good year.”

The club lost some experienced players at the start of the season but newer players took their place.

”Some of the new players coming in really stepped up.”

There was a wide age gap difference between the youngest player in the club Alex Cross (15) and the oldest Norman Waller (93).

”It would be fair to say they both played the majority of the games.”

The club had about 25 members.

”Were a club that get on pretty good and we have a lot of fun as we go along.”

Alex said he had been playing for about five years.

”I love it really,” Alex said.

”You’ve got to be interested in the sport if you want to play well and obviously when I was little I was really interested in it.”

His grandfather, Phil, had taught him how to play.

As well as the club trophies he had helped win he also won the Southland development singles and skipped the team which won the Southland development triples.