WHEN Kitty Bulic first came to Australia she hadn’t even heard of the concept of bowls, but 59 years after making the move from Holland as a 14-year-old, she has become one of the longest serving members of the Invermay Bowling Club.
Bulic has been with Invermay since its inception in the Ballarat District Bowling Division 20 years ago, and in that time has seen the club rise from a fledgling country organisation to a prominent force in the BDBD.
Bulic, 73, is this year’s BDBD champion of champions singles and appears to have it all figured out.
“I was born to the right parents, moved to the right country, found the right husband, lived in the right town and joined the right bowling club,” she said.
“My husband Eric and I lived in Invermay and one day we saw a sign on the edge of the road promoting the bowls club and went in for a look.
“We joined straight away and I quickly got addicted – I actually won the club championship in my very first year.”
To date, Bulic has three outdoor club championships and four indoor titles plus a host of association awards she has claimed across almost every season of her bowling career.
She is currently in her eighth-straight year as the women’s president and is happy to lend a helping hand to the club.
“I’ve been a jack-of-all-trades at Invermay,” she said.
“It’s a small club – you help out wherever you need to and all the men and women are prepared to work and play together.”
While Invermay will not be contesting this year’s finals series, Bulic is hopeful that the club can continue to make its mark in Ballarat circles.
“I’d like to see the club keep expanding – I wouldn’t leave it for anything because it’s like a second home,” she said.