GRAEME Simpson will celebrate his 300th game for the Buninyong Bowling Club tomorrow, when he lines up against Smeaton in round three of the Ballarat District Bowls division one pennant season.
Simpson bowled at South Australia’s Prospect-Broadview Bowling Club for eight years before moving to Victoria, and is currently in his 19th season at Buninyong.
He has been a selector for the club and is now a skipper in Buninyong’s top side.
“Buninyong is just a nice, friendly country club and a great club to bowl for,” Simpson said.
“It’s nice to have a number next to your name, but it doesn’t really compare to playing 300 games of footy or anything like that.”
Selector Colin Hayes has valued Simpson’s presence around the greens, believing him to be a key figure in Buninyong’s rise into division one these past few years.
“He has a great sense of humour and is just an all-round good bloke,” Hayes said.
“He’s been a very valuable asset to the club and is a great personality to bowl alongside.”
Buninyong has had a solid start to this season, easily beating newcomer Daylesford in the opening round, and losing a tight one to Webbcona last week, but Simpson believes that the club is a strong chance of securing a win over Smeaton away from home.
“We’ve been pretty solid in division one over the past few years, always finishing around the sixth or seventh mark, but we were only one or two wins away from making finals last year,” he said.
“It would be nice to have a win tomorrow, but we usually have pretty good, close games against Smeaton, so we won’t be taking anything for granted.”