Legends of SA Lawn Bowls


For those who have competed in all levels of bowls over the last 50 years the name of Mary Ormsby OAM is synonymous with excellence. Her record at club, State, National and International level is legendary and may never be equalled by a South Australian woman. A member of the Grange “Team of the Century” she represented South Australia on 167 occasions but it was in the Green and Gold and at National level that Mary really impacted on our sport. On the International stage she is the only person, male or female to have all three national titles – Singles, Pairs and Fours and at International level she represented Australia in the 1967 test series against South Africa, the 1969 inaugural World series and won the Mixed International Pairs in !997 and 1988.

Arrienne Wynen is one of our latter day, Champions, and many still competing in bowls would have followed her career with great interest. She has represented the State on over 100 occasions and along with winning numerous Club titles at her home club of Woodville, has held several Administration positions. The winner of State titles in Singles, Pairs and Triples she has also picked up the Metro Pairs as well as the Master Singles, Triples and Fours along the way. Arrienne was a member of the 1991 Australian Fours combination and went on to represent Australia in the 1993, 1994 and 1999 Emerging Players series. In 2000 and 2002 she represented Australia in the Trans-Tasman series and having won Silver in the Pairs and Bronze in the Fours at the 2000 World Bowls Titles continued her success winning Gold in Triples and Fours in the 2001 Asia Pacific Games. Arrienne’s final appearance in Green and Gold came at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games alongside Gordana Barick, Jan Palazzi and Jenny Harragon in the fours.

We will continue the Legend series with the six male bowlers inducted into the inaugural Bowls SA Hall of Fame over the next couple of weeks.

John Bevin        

29th November 2020