CELEBRATING: The RSL Sandflies – which now boasts more than 100 members – recently enjoyed their 25th anniversary at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club.
CELEBRATING: The RSL Sandflies – which now boasts more than 100 members – recently enjoyed their 25th anniversary at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club. Rebecca Lollback

Sandflies celebrate 25 years

RAIN, hail or shine - nothing was going to stop members of the Ballina RSL Sandflies from celebrating their 25th birthday last Sunday.

The hail storm which tore through town in the afternoon just added to the atmosphere, reckons Patrick Kearney.

"It was a bit of a shame that several foundation members couldn't make it, but the day went off without a hitch," he said.

"The Sandflies started 25 years ago and we've now got about 100 members.

"We're just all good mates.

"We get between 30 and 35 blokes here every Sunday, which is a pretty good turnout.

"It's a really great day, it's just social and we enjoy ourselves and each other's company.

"The Sandflies have gone from strength to strength.

"But we've got a lot of members now who are too elderly or to frail to play much anymore.

"So we're always looking for new members to join us. Anyone who wants to can just come along one Sunday and have a roll."

Treasurer Alby Waldron said it was a group of golfing mates who originally started the Sandflies.

"We'd play golf at 5.30 in the morning, but then we'd be in trouble because we'd have too many beers by 9am," he said.

"So we decided that we'd play golf afterwards instead.

"But don't put that in the paper."

The RSL Sandflies play at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club, near Fripp Oval, every Sunday morning from 9am.


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