PAT Glennen has hazy recollections of the last time Terang won a top-grade lawn bowls pennant flag.
She can’t remember the year or who Terang played, but the celebrations remain vividly clear.
“I remember the last time we won the grand final many years ago,” she recalled yesterday, ahead of today’s Tuesday pennant semi-finals.
“There was a chap here called Bernie Clarke, he used to be a truck driver. His wife played and he drove us to pennant.
“When we got back to Terang he drove us around the main street blowing the horn like mad and made us wave our hats out of the windows.
“I think everyone thought we’d gone bonkers.”
The memory is a cherished one, but could be replaced with a greater triumph in three weeks’ time.
Terang will take on powerhouse City Memorial Gold in a Western District Bowls Division Tuesday Pennant second semi-final at Port Fairy today.
The side placed second after the home-and-away season, earning a double chance for finals — a remarkable result in an era dominated by clubs much bigger than Terang.
Glennen, who turned 86 on Saturday, said Terang had more than 100 female members when she started in 1958. That figure is less than 30 these days as more commitments, including work, take up the lives of potential players.
And as small-town clubs battle to fill sides, the gap between them and larger clubs in regional centres — in both numbers and strength — increases.
Indeed, a lot has changed in the 55 years since Glennen picked up a bowl for the first time, aged 31.
Players no longer have to have their “old-fashioned dresses” at “a certain length” or wait until the president takes her hat off to do likewise.
But spending summer on greens across south-west Victoria has remained a tradition — one Glennen enjoys as much today as yesteryear.
She has won almost every lawn bowl accolade there is to win at Terang but is keen to play in another pennant title as a second to Margaret Sumner.
“We’re playing the top team so it will be tough. We’ll do our best,” she said.
“It’s very good — we haven’t finished second for many years.
“We’re scratching for players all the time. We’re battling to have good teams and make up the numbers for two teams, one in each division.
“It’s not easy at a small club. We’re rather proud of it.”
The winner of the City Gold-Terang contest progresses to the grand final at Dennington on February 26.
The loser will play in the preliminary final against the winner of today’s first semi-final at Port Fairy between Warrnambool Gold and City Green.