Kangaroo Island Bowling Association combined teams won the 2019 Bates Shield after being denied for the past two years by the Great Southern Bowling Association (GSBA). GSBA executive Margaret Borlase welcomed all Bates Shield participants to Myponga Bowling Club on Sunday, December 1.
Icy cold, windy conditions on the first day of summer didn't dampen enthusiasms or camaraderie and the islanders combined teams from Birchmore, Kingscote and Parndana proved too strong on the day.
GSBA teams from Myponga, Goolwa, Milang, Strathalbyn, Yankalilla, Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale and Willunga were gracious in defeat and tried to conjure up other events inside the club rooms where it was considerably warmer.
A selection of four men's and three ladies teams from both associations played for the shield and the winners were determined by total of shots. This competition was instigated by King Bates in the early '80s to bring players together from different areas for friendly rivalry and fun.
King's interest in starting the event stemmed from the fact that his family arrived on KI at Destrees Bay in 1878. The family then moved to Cygnet River before leaving the island in 1911. King was a great stalwart of the bowling fraternity, being a past president, life member and patron of Myponga Bowling Club and GSBA.
This remains a great annual event for fellowship and bowling.