Golden couple on the Wonthella Bowling Club green: Valerie and Kevin Exten

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WBC’s Kevin and Val Exten.
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Val Exten knows she is in “trouble” when she is called Valerie.

Val, the ladies’ captain at Wonthella Bowling Club, may be the boss at home but when it comes to lawn bowling matters, husband Kevin pulls rank.

After all, he is the president of the WBC.

“Yes, Val’s in trouble when I call her Valerie and I’ll probably be in trouble for saying this,” Kevin said.

And from all reports, the WBC was in a “bit of trouble” before the Extens walked through the doors five years ago.

Kevin, reared on a farm at East Yuna, and Val, with a rural background from Kellerberrin, have made a positive impact at Wonthella.

“I was goaded into the role as president nearly three years ago; being told the place needed steadying financially,” Kevin said.

“My first role was getting the Chapman Valley Football Club to make us their Geraldton base.

“They’re doing such and it means when (lawn) bowls drops off in winter, the place still has an income.”

The visionary planning — like ‘outside’ income — continues.

“We had five greens and we’ve leased one to soccer,” Kevin said.

“We’re also turning another green into a synthetic rink. We’ve gone thirds in the costs with the City (Greater Geraldton) and the Government. We’ve got four of the premiership players from the Eagles coming here on December 21 for a sportsman’s night. We’re pretty excited about that.”

And what about matters of the home?

“Yes, there’s a lot of lawn bowls talk at home, as you can imagine. It’s probably not ideal with Val being the ladies’ captain and myself the president, but that’s the way it is,” Kevin said.

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