Batavia Bowling League: Senior pennant skipper Shane Giudice-Nairn an early convert to the sport

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Shane Giudice-Nairn cheers a bowl.
Camera IconShane Giudice-Nairn cheers a bowl. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Shane Giudice-Nairn didn’t want the regret most have — “I started too late” — when they get “hooked” by lawn bowls.

So when he was in Year 10 at Geraldton Grammar School and part of their sporting program was a visit to Geraldton Bowling Club, Giudice-Nairn made the most of it.

The old fellas took him under their wing.

Giudice-Nairn listened and learnt and fell in love with the sport.

Earlier this month, the time and effort the club put into Giudice-Nairn paid dividends.

The 29-year-old skipped the club to the senior pennant in the Batavia Bowling League.

Shane Giudice-Nairn (left), Jon and Kim Trotter and Mike Ford. Giudice-Nairn skipped the winning Geraldton senior bowling team while Ford was in his side.
Camera IconShane Giudice-Nairn (left), Jon and Kim Trotter and Mike Ford. Giudice-Nairn skipped the winning Geraldton senior bowling team while Ford was in his side. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

“Big thrill, we came from about 20 shots down,” Giudice-Nairn, a stonemason with the family funeral company said.

“It’s such a good game, I cannot understand why more younger people don’t get involved in lawn bowls. I got shown the ropes by a couple of older fellas, Merv Reid and Alec Watt, who coached and showed me what to do.

“I started off as a lead in second division and worked my way up. Took a while but we’re here. I also play hockey and tennis but this (bowls) is as good as it gets.”

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