Intense game of indoor bowls hits Ridgehaven
IT WAS the battle of old against young on the makeshift indoor bowls greens at Ridgehaven.
Squeals and cheers from the Ridgehaven activities room indicated something serious was going down, and indeed, it was.
An indoor bowls competition had St Therese Catholic Primary School students come down to the retirement centre and test their skills on a game few had played before.
One of the students' tougher opponents was 95-year-old Grace Radel.
Ms Radel used to be the Ladies President at Monto Bowls Club.
"Some of the kids bowled really heavily and some a bit more controlled," she said.
"They know what they're doing and would make good bowlers in the future."
While some of the Ridgehaven teammates played in wheelchairs, the St Therese team was not short of injuries.
Kayne Robert Mitchell managed to finish third for St Therese with one working arm - luckily his good one.
"I broke my right arm playing footy," Kayne said.
"It's a bit of a challenge as I can't move arms well but I am left handed."
As the oldies went in front, the young team gained some respect for their experienced opposition.
"They are amazing for their age and are tougher than they look," said St Therese student Fayeona Herrera.
In a twist of events, the St Therese team raced in front and came away as indoor bowls champions.
Ridgehaven activities coordinator Connie Forsyth said the morning was of benefit to everyone.
"Seeing the kids lets the older residents remember when they were young, and you can see the joy on their faces," she said.
"The students were very helpful, and would carry the ball to the residents.
"And it benefits the young ones by connecting with the older residents and makes them aware of their lifestyles."