The man popularly known as ‘Bomber’ Mitchell is the sole team member to have played in both victorious Yarrawonga Mulwala RSL Lawn Bowls teams for Victoria’s Duke of Edinburgh Shield.
“I’m privileged to have played in both teams,” the 75-year-old retired waterside worker told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“I remember vividly the first time when we won by 126 shots. This year it was 188 shots.”
The first time was in 2002, 15 years ago. The Edinburgh Shield was introduced in the late 1950s and is a prestigious shield to win amongst RSL Clubs throughout Victoria.
This year, about 1600 bowlers took to the lawn greens with six teams for each of the 15 venues.
“ ‘Bomber’ does a fantastic job as team manager,” Victorian RSL Lawn Bowls President Herb Mason told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“He’s been involved for many years and has been a member of the state team.”
A big personality in the sport, Bomber acquired his nickname in the 1940s while at St Joseph’s Primary School in Port Melbourne.
“There was a plane called the ‘Mitchell Bomber’ and the kids started calling me that,” he explained.
In 1998 Bomber moved to Yarrawonga and has played lawn bowls here since 2000. Two years later he was a member of the inaugural Yarrawonga Mulwala RSL team vying for the Duke of Edinburgh Shield and is now the local record holder to be associated with two shields.