A bowls tournament calls for a family holiday for the Davies clan.
Six members of the family have competed in this year’s Victorian Open, splitting in half for the triples events.
Dad Glenn and sons Lauchlin, 16, and Jarryd, 15, took the green for the men’s event, while three generations were at Shepparton Golf on Monday for the women’s competition.
Grandmother Marion Pokrovsky joined forces with daughter Marianne Davies and granddaughter Emilee, 11.
Not for the first time has the trio contested the Victorian Open, now returning to Shepparton for the third year.
Marion said the week provided an opportunity for the family to spend time together.
‘‘We don’t win big things, but we enjoy ourselves, it’s a good girls get together,’’ she said.
Having been reluctant to try bowls, Marion has become one of the sport’s biggest supporters.
‘‘When I retired I thought I needed something to do, so I said I’m going to take bowling lessons and as soon as I went onto the bowling greens I said this is for me,’’ she said.
From that point onwards her daughter said there was no way to pull Marion away from the sport.
‘‘She got right into it that much that my husband used to say to her ‘if we want the kids to see you we’ll just meet you at the bowling green somewhere’, and now we’re probably worse than her,’’ Marianne said.
With a family of five all playing bowls, not a weekend in summer goes by where no-one takes to the greens.
The Davies children are also building into successful bowlers themselves, with Emilee recently named in the under-18 Victorian team to face South Australia next year.
Having began contesting the Victorian Open at seven years of age, Emilee took the plunge to enter the singles for the first time.
‘‘It was good, the only thing making me nervous was marking because I’ve never marked before,’’ Emilee said.
The family has seen plenty of Australia thanks to bowls, with Marianne’s love starting after a Christmas party playing bowls socially.
‘‘Glenn and I bought bowls from Ebay on the way home and then Emilee used to sit on the side of the green and I thought she’d never bowl and one day she said ‘I think I want to play mum, I want to be better than the boys’,’’ Marianne said.
Staying in Shepparton until Friday, the first month of next year will again be action-packed.
‘‘We go to a tournament in Barooga which is an under-18s event, that follows onto Tocumwal and then we come back and we’re literally back for a day and then one of the boys go to Yallourn for a singles tournament,’’ Marianne said.