Liz, you attended primary school in Camperdown. Did your parents have a farm?
Yes. Our property was called Kariahh and it was on the banks of Lake Colongulac. It was a dairy farm on more than 400 acres.
I often think back to the struggles my parents must have had to run the farm and educate their children.
I can vividly remember catching the bus into school.
We had a wonderful lifestyle, as we were always outside having a good time.
The first sport I played was netball at primary school before going to boarding school in Ballarat.
Where was your first job?
My first job was at the Warrnambool Base Hospital in 1965.
I worked in the pathology department.
I found it really interesting as I loved chemistry and biology at school.
I worked at the base hospital until 1973.
When I moved to Warrnambool, I started playing squash down at the Warrnambool squash courts in Timor Street.
I used to play in the ladies pennant competition on Thursday nights.
I also played squash over at Port Fairy.
I played in a couple of premiership sides in the Port Fairy competition, but could only play in semi-final sides in Warrnambool.
I started playing golf when I was 40 years old.
What was the reason for taking up golf?
My husband Vince purchased a set of golf clubs for my 40th birthday, so I thought that I better use them.
Port Fairy was my home golf club as we were living out that way on the farm.
I used to play second division ladies golf on a Thursday.
Liz, in your opinion what’s the hardest hole to play at the Port Fairy golf course.
I found the 16th hole very difficult.
I played golf at Port Fairy for 12 years until I injured my back.
I developed a prolapsed disc, so I had to give golf away.
I was really disappointed as I met some wonderful friends from all over the district playing golf.
We used to play golf at courses like Dartmoor, Camperdown, Mount Gambier and anywhere in between. They were enjoyable days.
Liz, you are now heavily involved in lawn bowls. How did your involvement begin?
It all started in 2008. We were living on the farm out at Toolong where we ran dairy cows and sheep.
After a bit of encouragement, I went and had a couple of rolls at the Koroit Bowls Club.
I thought lawn bowls was not too bad.
But after a few more tries, I was hooked.
We left the farm at Toolong in 2011 and moved into Warrnambool.
But I stayed on playing bowls at Koroit until 2013, when I decided to join the Warrnambool Bowls Club.
It was just easier for me to play bowls in Warrnambool because we were living here, than going out to Koroit, but I must admit I did miss the people at Koroit.
What level lawn bowls do you play now?
I play in the division 2 pennant on Tuesdays.
The Tuesday pennant competition goes for 14 weeks plus the finals.
While the Saturday competition is for 18 weeks, plus finals.
The season goes from October through to March, with a break over the Christmas holidays.
I’ve found lawn bowls to be a great sport as you meet some wonderful people.
The other great thing about lawn bowls is you can go anywhere in Australia and play the game.
I’m fortunate to be playing at the Warrnambool Bowls Club as they have excellent facilities.
The club is based in the centre of town, which I find to be a real advantage.
You are also on the board of the Warrnambool District Bowls Division. How many years have you been on the board?
It’s my first year. I’ve found it very interesting as you get an insight into how lawn bowls works across the region.
We have six people on the board. There are nine clubs in the league, which are made up of four divisions. Our boundaries are from Timboon to Mortlake and then down to Koroit and Port Fairy and it also takes in the clubs in Warrnambool.
There are 950 bowlers registered with us.
Are the number of lawn bowlers across the region growing or declining?
The numbers have been dropping slowly over the last few years.
The board is considering various strategies we may put in place to stop the decline.
We have a lack of young people playing the game and that may be due to work commitments or other reasons.
Sadly, a lot of people think lawn bowls is a sport for old people. I don’t agree with that view.
The funny thing is numbers for people taking up lawn bowls in the metropolitan area is growing at a healthy rate.
But unfortunately, in country areas there is a bit of a decline.
What is your main job on the board?
The six board members, all have jobs.
I keep the record of players that are playing in the area and how many games they have played, to make sure they can qualify for the finals or not.
Graham Kershaw used to do the job, and believe me he did a huge job as he would record manually all the details.
I’m lucky because we’ve got a computer program in place now which makes it a lot easier, but it takes time to compile and double check the details.