Rocky Bar Trophy and Orme Griffiths Trophy


Eric Gibbon was a stalwart for sport in the Charters Towers district and had a passion for lawn bowls. He was also the owner of “Rocky Bar Station’, hence the naming of the trophy. Eric was a champion of his time and was known for his bowling prowess around the north – he had a particular number of mates at Jubilee and decided to instigate the trophy for play between the two clubs. The trophy was first contested in 1964, and has been played for each year since – 2014 saw the 50th consecutive year of competition for the cup between the two clubs - a record in itself.

Not much is known about Orme and Griffiths, other than the fact that they were bowlers in the Towers, one being the local Chemist the other a Solicitor. It appears that competition for their shield has been ongoing since 1996.

Saturday 15th November 2014

The intrepid 16 departed Jubilee at 0645 hrs aboard the PCYC Bus. The bus was hired at a cost of $400 (paid for by Jubilee BC) which included fuel and the driver for the day. Arrival at Charters Towers at 0830 hrs was uneventful, and as the local police Sergeant lives across the road, most utilised the coffee urn provided by mine host – there were some parched throats by 10:00am. Green fees for the day were $20.00 per player and were paid by the individual combatants.

Games got underway at approximately 9.15am with the Rocky Bar being won by Jubilee 11 to Nil – some very good bowls were delivered in these games. The 2 ORME GRIFITHS Triples games were also played in the AM and at the bell Jubilee was behind by 3 shots, with both clubs having a win each. The afternoon fours games were contested in harmony and there was a bit of fellowship involved. At the end of the day Jubilee were successful with an overall score of 4 wins plus 3 shots – as can be seen, a very close result.

The journey home was also uneventful, and even though the Charters Towers President, Wayne Lestone, had shouted a 30 pack for the trip, only one unscheduled stop was necessary. A great day had by all.