Neville Day

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Earlwood resident and champion lawn bowler Neville Day was the oldest person ever to play for Australia at age 63 in 1987. He played for New South Wales 78 times in the years 1974-1991, winning about 100 titles ranging from club to state level. He played in 5 state finals and won 1. Neville has the rare distinction of winning 3 No. 1 state pennants, skipping a winning rink on each occasion. Played for Earlwood.

Mr Day was born on the South Coast, but moved to Arncliffe in Sydney where he attended Arncliffe Public School. He stopped playing A Grade tennis at 42, and began an illustrious association with the game of lawn bowls.

His career highlights include playing for Australia against New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman series, 80 matches for New South Wales and numerous wins at club, district and state levels. In 2000, Neville won the National Sports Medal. He has also coached bowlers at Toongabbie, Marrickville and Peakhurst, Concord as well as Earlwood. He has also played Australian Rules Football, Rugby League, Cricket an was also a keen surfer. Neville has lived in Earlwood all his married life.

To acknowledge local athletes, the Local Sporting Identities Plaques Recognition Program honoured local athletes for their achievements. Neville Day was acknowledged in a plaque unveiled in September 2007.


"Day bowled over by honour". Cooks River Valley Times, 21 December 2000