MOIRA Cooknell is one of City Memorial’s youngest Tuesday pennant players.
Cooknell, 53, is in her second pennant season with the successful Warrnambool-based club.
She joined the Western District Bowls Division when she and husband Ray moved to Bushfield from Kyabram with teenage daughter Erin.
“My husband has always played sport and when he started playing bowls I thought I’d tag along and I enjoyed it,” Cooknell said.
“I used to play tennis as a young person but I hadn’t played sport for years.
“If you move to a new area it’s a good way to make new friends and meet people and City Memorial is a very good club like that and they have social days as well.”
Cooknell is a member of City Memorial Pink’s newly-promoted division one team.
It had a tough start to its division one campaign, recording a 104-50 loss to Warrnambool Gold in round one last week.
The defeat included a 50-7 capitulation on one rink.
City Memorial Pink plays clubmate City Memorial Green, which is coming off a loss to Port Fairy Gold, in round two today.
She said she expected this season to be tough while the Pink combination found its feet in the top grade.
Cooknell, who works part-time at Mercy Place Aged Care, said playing lead was difficult at times.
“Beginners always start off as a lead. Then you become a second and a third and a skipper are the very experienced ones,” she said.
“Everyone is watching and if you only have a few bowls on the green, there is nowhere to hide is there?
“If there is a lot of bowls out there and they are a bit obscure they can be hidden.”
The Cooknells moved to the Warrnambool and district area to be closer to family, with Ray’s family from Timboon.
Along with Erin, they have six adult children between them.
In other round two games today, City Memorial Gold and Warrnambool Gold clash in a top-of-the-table battle, unbeaten sides Port Fairy and Terang meet and winless pair Warrnambool Blue and Timboon play.