How Ken kicked off four generations of passionate bowlers at Clarence Gardens

by Michaela Massey on November 4, 2022

30 years ago, across the ditch in New Zealand, Ken Munro took his first steps onto a bowls green to start a long-term passion with our game. Then, some 17 years later, his relocation to Adelaide saw him join the Clarence Gardens Bowls not long after stepping off the plane. A club to which he has been passionate supporter ever since.

So great was his joy for bowls that nine years later, his daughter Paulina Lawrie joined the sport along with her husband Paul, as members of the Morphett Vale Bowling Club, before they too joined Ken at Clarence Gardens this year. Continuing the family obsession, Paulina’s sons Tristan and Brett are also members of Clarence Gardens, with Brett being the Club Coach for the last 3 years.

And to make it a generational bowls ‘clean sweep’, Brett’s two children, thirteen-year-old Mia and Cruz, at the tender age of nine, both play pennants on Saturdays.

Last Saturday, all four generations of the family came together to celebrate and of course, play the game they love together at their club. The importance of such an occasion was highlighted when Great Grandad Ken played alongside his Great Grandson Cruz – separated in age by a mere 72 years.

Recently diagnosed with cancer, the occasion was especially important for Ken and his extended family. The bowls community wish you all the best and can’t thank you enough Ken for the passion you have given bowls over decades in South Australia and for introducing generations to the green.