90 years of Freer time worth it

January 08, 2018

Bingo: Mooroopna's Geoff Freer was recently officially recognised for continuing to play bowls at the age of 90, despite having turned 91.

The certificate was coming, but the presentation just needed a little more time to be organised.

Last month Mooroopna’s Geoff Freer was officially recognised for his achievement of playing bowls aged 90.

But Freer, now 91, saw the humour in receiving his Bowls Victoria acknowledgement 18 months on from when he turned 90.

He had already received the certificate from the state’s governing body, but his beloved Mooroopna Bowls Club wanted to also do something to honour Freer.

Freer has a sneaking suspicion the club had to remove something from his flat at Shepparton Villages in order for secretary Graeme ‘‘Peewee’’ Young to make the presentation.

‘‘He said ‘you haven’t got one of these things (certificates)’ and I said ‘no’, I’d forgotten they’d (Bowls Victoria) given it to me,’’ Freer said.

‘‘(After the presentation) I thought ‘I’ve got two of these things’, so I studied it up and thought ‘that’s definitely the one’, some bugger must have taken it when I was out.’’

He proudly has the certificate as well as a Bowls Victoria super veteran badge, recognising those playing after their 80th birthday.

While he played bowls at age 90, Freer no longer sends some stirling deliveries down the green.

But that does not mean he is not involved at the bowls club any more.

‘‘Not too many people play after they turn 90, I don’t play now, but I live there (at the bowls club),’’ Freer said.

A life member at the club, every Wednesday night he runs bingo with Ian Russell, as he has for the past 32 years.

‘‘We look forward to it, we’ve developed it into a real social night and they come from Shepparton, Tatura, Murchison,’’ Freer said.

‘‘It’s just people that like bingo and we have a great bit of fun and we tease the hell out of them and they enjoy it.’’

Freer has been a member at the club for more than a decade longer than the time he has been running bingo, having joined in 1973.

He follows the tradition of his father Alex who was a founding member of Mooroopna Bowls Club.

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