Stalwart still king of his own green

LEO Farrell’s contribution to the Corowa Services Bowling Club was recognised at the weekend.

A club green was named in his honour and his family was presented with a Bowls Victoria outstanding service award.

Farrell, 76, died in August before he could receive the award from Bowls Victoria vice-president John Fisher, of Rutherglen.

Farrell joined the Corowa Services bowls club in the mid-1960s and was secretary from 1971 to 1976.

He returned to the role in 1993 and only resigned when his health started to fail about 12 months before he died.

“He was a stalwart within the club,” president Ted Hovard said.

His enormous contribution to the club was recognised when a green was named after him in the 1990s.

But the club later moved to the Ball Park centre where it has played for years.

Many members have returned to the RSL club and others have remained at the newly-formed Corowa Civic club.

Mr Hovard said it was fitting a green be renamed in honour of Farrell.

Fisher said Farrell was a long-standing member of the Ovens and Murray Bowling Association.

“He was just one of the blokes who did it his way, but it was always done properly,” Fisher said.

About 70 people attended the renaming and presentation of the outstanding service award.

Forty-eight people played bowls before a barbecue lunch.

Hovard said apologies were received from several others.

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