Vic Open is a family business
Family is, and always will be, an integral part of the sport of bowls.
Family brings people in, bowls helps bring new families together, and there aren’t too many sports where multiple generations of the same family can play together.
That tradition continues at the 2015 Victorian Open with a number of family combinations in the pairs and triples events.
Familiar names like Edwards and Wilson feature again with Hanley, Protopapas, Russell, and Nemeth a few more of the many families taking part in this year’s Open.
Father and son pairing Kevin and Luke Nemeth of Bendigo BC are taking part in their first Vic Open together.
Kevin and his son Luke took part in the men’s pairs, while 15-year-old Luke also took part in the men’s singles.
“We normally play pairs together at the club, so we thought it’d be great to do it at the Vic Open. It’s good to learn a few things off Dad, and it’s a good chance to spend some time together.” says Luke, who is also a member of the Under 18 State Silver Squad.
Kevin adds: “As a parent it’s great watching him bowl and develop against some quality opposition. It’s our first year here but we’ll probably go in all of the events next year.”
There was also exciting news for a couple of other bowls families on day two, with mother-daughter combination Louise and Tayla Morison through to the women’s pairs quarter-finals and brothers Cain and Curtis Hanley into the last 16 of the men’s pairs.
Good luck to all the families competing in this year’s Vic Open.
No doubt there will be a bit of bowls chat around the dinner table in the coming days.
For 2015 Vic Open results, click here
– by Scott Nicholas