Sunbury enjoyed a family affair in Bowls Victoria Pennant division 1, section 1 on Saturday.
The club’s top side had four different families making up 10 members of the side’s 16 players against Moonee Valley.
Shane Trewarne and his children, Todd and Lisa, and Wayne Long and his children, Paul and Mikayla, made two father-daughter-son combinations.
Regular skips Mark Cowan and daughter Elise were both in the team, as were sister and brother Tayla and Lachie Morison.
Bowls Victoria said it was rare to have father-son-daughter combinations, let alone have more than one in the same side. The other family combinations made it an even rarer event.
Sunbury’s David Glennon said the weekend’s line-up showed that it was a real family club.
He saw the number of teenagers in the side as a good sign for the club’s future.
The family atmosphere was slightly soured, though, with Sunbury suffering its second loss of the season.
Facing Moonee Valley, one of two undefeated sides, Sunbury went down 81 (13)-74 (5).
Mark Bullows’ rink continued its unbeaten start, winning 20-19, and Todd Trewarne, in his first game for the club, led his rink to a 20-17 win.
Mark Cowan’s rink shared the points, after finishing 18-18 and Elise Cowan’s rink lost 27-16.
Glennon said it was pretty close match all day. Having lost to both the undefeated teams in the competition, he said the team had a good idea of where it sat.
“They’ve been narrow losses in both those games,” he said.
“There’s not much in it … one or two shots here or there and it’s a different story.
“We’ve drifted a little bit from the top sides with those results, though.”
Despite the loss, Sunbury remains fourth.
Glennon said the club still had a few players to come back into the side, including Carla Krizanic, who was missing due to other bowling commitments.
In the Central Highlands Bowls Division top grade, Lancefield lost to Bacchus Marsh Gold 105 (16)-84 (2), Gisborne beat Kyneton 105 (16)-86 (2), Kyneton Golf defeated Romsey 102 (16)-79 (2) and Trentham beat Bacchus Marsh Blue 129 (18)-67 (0).