Over the last weekend in April, Graham Evans had the opportunity to play bowls in Singapore for a Northern Territory “Representative” team against the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) and Tanglin Club (TC) teams. The matches were organised by Bowls NT.
Established in 1852, the Singapore Cricket Club is today a premier sports and social club in Asia. It is the second oldest sports club in Singapore, junior by 10 years to the Singapore Sporting Club, now the Singapore Turf Club.
In October 1865, “forty good men and true” convened a meeting for the purpose of forming a suburban social club to meet the wants of the British living in the settlement, and founded The Tanglin Club. Today, The Tanglin Club is one of Singapore’s oldest & prominent social clubs.
The NT Team included their women’s and men’s top bowlers, Colleen Orr and her husband Barry. Graham had the pleasure of playing as Colleen’s third both days. We played triples both days. Good fortune for the NT team both days with a close win by 4 shots on Saturday and 24 shots on Sunday.
SCC’s green is grass and TC artificial. They were very different to play on with SCC being slow where there was very little bias and you had to almost throw the bowl to the other end whereas at TC the bowl would take at least a full rink plus 1/3rd and then come in at almost right angles.
It was a pleasure to be part of the NT team and meet many wonderful bowlers from Singapore and partake of their wonderful hospitality.
A few pictures to tell the story…..
The Tanglin Club