Eagles soars as best male over 60’s bowler

by Aaron Delaporte

Bowls WA Awards Night – Men’s Over 60’s Bowler of the Year

An exceptionally consistent and exceptional season saw Sorrento’s Bruce Eagles named as the Male Over 60’s Bowler of the Year winning the Trevor Barron Award at the Bowls WA Awards Night.

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Presented by Bowls WA CEO Ken Pride on behalf of Life Member and Past Bowls WA President Trevor Barron it was noted Bruce had win the award by a fair margin given his exceptional year. Bruce won the Men’s Over 60’s Singles and reached the semi final in every Over 60’s event which included the Men’s Pairs, Triples and Mixed Pairs, a really remarkable effort.

Bowls WA CEO Ken Pride with Bruce Eagles

Master of Ceremonies Clive Adams was straight to the point when chatting with Bruce asking him “What’s the secret?” Bruce’s reply was that “I try to look after myself, I practice a lot and I enjoy the game immensely.” Bruce who was a relatively late comer to the sport has really excelled in recent years winning the Men’s State Pairs in 2020 with teammate Greg Taylor, someone who he has forged a great partnership with along with his other Sorrento teammates who have supported him.

The Over 60’s events are of course an important part of the bowls calendar and as Bruce pointed out being in the mid seventies age wise it provides a highly competitive series of events which people can aim at later in life. However, it also a good event for building friendships making it a beautiful space in which to play bowls, to use Bruce’s own words.

Bruce saved his final thanks to Graeme Whitehorn who he labelled a superb friend, mentor and encourager along the way and someone instrumental to his development as a player from when he started at Sorrento Bowling Club just over a decade ago.

Congratulations once again to Bruce Eagles on a fantastic season and the Trevor Barron Award winner as the most Outstanding Male Over 60’s Bowler of the Year.