A day with the Streaky Bay Indoor Bowls Club highlights the social atmosphere generated on a weekly basis.
Just one end elicits the full range of emotions, from howls of joy to screams of anguish, as well as laughter.
Players debate over how to tackle the next bowl, they share afternoon tea and swap stories in what is a social and friendly atmosphere.
It’s all possible because of the hard work of the Streaky Bay Indoor Bowls Club committee members.
The club meets every Wednesday at the Community Complex for an afternoon of indoor bowls, where on this occasion 20 players were eager to get the action underway at 1.30pm.
“We all get on well, we joke among ourselves, then we sit down and have a laugh – it’s a tight-knit group,” club secretary Wayne Miller said.
For Mr Miller and committee members the day started earlier to prepare.
“We have it down to a fine art when we go in to set-up and get it down in about 20 minutes,” he said.
Mr Miller was busy vacuuming the mats and rolling them flat with Sharon Kitson, then when the bowlers began to arrive he took money for the day and Ms Kitson and Bev White organised teams.
“We share the chores around and don’t want committee members just standing around,” Mr Miller said.
With teams organised, the first round starts and teams play two rounds of eight ends before afternoon tea.
Kay Wait won the lucky number contest and all the while there was friendly chatter before getting into the final round.
“It’s absolutely fantastic here and speak to any of the people and they would say the same, they love coming down and the older people look forward to Wednesdays because they know it is bowls day,” Mr Miller said.
He and his team won on this occasion but the main aspect of the day is social.
Mr Miller started playing at the club three years ago and joined as a committee member two years ago when the club looked like closing.
At the previous Montgomerie Terrace premises the mats would have to be rolled out each time, the club could not operate all-year round as it does now and there were just two committee members compared to nine.
“I started as a player and saw the excitement on people’s faces who felt good to go out and be part of something,” he said.
“It’s the pleasure of seeing others happy that drives me on but I don’t deserve all the thanks I get because there are others on the committee too.”
Mr Miller said he believed the club would grow.
“People are made to feel welcome and so like coming here,” he said.
“While we can only have three mats out, I think we can regularly get 20 to 30 people a week playing.”