ABOUT 120 past and current bowlers turned out at Hibbard Sports Club to pay tribute to Port Macquarie Panthers president Diana Upcroft on the club’s 30th birthday on Wednesday.
Bowlers from around the district joined state bowls president Patricia Reynolds at the club for the function which included a luncheon and action on the greens.
Upcroft teamed up with Reynolds to play, and wasn’t perturbed about losing.
“We got absolutely slaughtered today,” she said.
“But that doesn’t matter at all.
“It’s a pretty special day for me.
“It’s the best day I’ll ever have in bowls.”
Just playing alongside Reynolds was a thrill for Upcroft.
“She’s the highest of the high,” Upcroft said.
Reynolds also had a day to remember.
“Yes, I’m having a very nice day,” she said.
Reynolds handed out merit pins for club members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
They went to club secretary Robyn Crosariol, Estelle Long, vice-president Sue Gates and former publicity officer Antionette Farmer.
Upcroft’s husband Ken was an honoured guest on Wednesday, sharing in his wife’s achievements.
An original member of the club, Leeta Lamb, was also in attendance.
This is Upcroft’s last term at the helm. Her time as president will finish at the club’s AGM in July.