THE saying “like father, like son” doesn’t ring true for Port Fairy’s Murray family when it comes to lawn bowls.
Son Brett was actually the first of the clan to play for the Western District Bowls Division club.
His father Jim followed suit, before mother Patti joined them on the greens.
“My husband and my son played, I had sat and watched them for years and I thought I’d have a go,” Patti said yesterday.
“I wish I had done it years earlier. I’d always encouraged people to play but I’d never done it myself.”
That was 14 years ago, in 1999. Patti is these days a valued member of the club’s Tuesday pennant division one side, Port Fairy Gold.
“I started pennant in division two and we won the premiership. We haven’t won one since,” she said.
The WDBD Tuesday pennant season is still in its early days, but the signs are all positive for Port Fairy Gold.
It is on top of the ladder after two rounds, thanks to wins against City Memorial Green and City Memorial Blue.
Port Fairy Gold has lost just two rinks in that time and has a plus-58 shot difference.
Its next challenge arrives today, when it travels to play Warrnambool Blue in round three at the Timor Street greens.
Murray, who spent years as a leader but plays third to skipper Gill Phillips, said she was pleased with the promising start.
She said Port Fairy Gold had “a little bit of confidence” heading into the match.
“That’s not their top team, we could possibly beat them but anything can happen on the day, with the wind and the weather,” she said.
“When you get down there, especially at Timor Street, you cop it a bit.
“I say we’re going in with a good chance but I wouldn’t put my money on it.”
In other WDBD Tuesday pennant matches, City Memorial Blue takes on City Memorial Gold in an intraclub derby at Cramer Street.
Reigning premier Terang hosts Timboon at Terang while City Memorial Green plays Warrnambool Gold, also at Cramer Street.