Cobram crusader challenges Gippsland

A WORLD record attempt in the name of lawn bowls and prostate cancer research brought Cobram crusader Chris Thomas through Gippsland on a whirlwind tour this month.

In an attempt to set the record for most bowls clubs played at in one year, Thomas visited Yallourn North Bowls Club last Friday to tackle club champion Joe Garrido in one of several pit stops across the region.

The 10-end tie went the way of the traveller, who proved a worthy adversary, according to Yallourn North club secretary Ralph Maslen.

“When you’re playing a top division bowler you try your hardest but Joe wasn’t successful,” Maslen said.

“Put it this way, (Thomas would) probably get a game in any division one side down in our area.”

Throughout his adventure Thomas has been collecting donations for the Cancer Council of Australia while playing at three clubs most days.

His journey to date has seen him visit about 500 clubs, with another six months left, accumulating some $22,000 to help battle the disease that claimed his father.

The Gippsland sojourn also included matches at Moe, Yallourn, Heyfield, Traralgon, Maffra, Sale, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and a host of other bowls clubs.

To make a donation visit or check his Facebook page Chris Will For Cancer.

Yallourn North’s next event will be a barefoot bowls and barbecue evening on Wednesday, 11 February for $10 per adult starting at 5pm.

For more information phone Ralph Maslen on 5174 6840 or Frank Rooney on 5167 1565.