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'All the bowling ladies': Beyonce anthem used in bid save Melbourne club

Jul 30, 2017
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Updated July 31, 2017 01:11:35

A Melbourne lawn bowls club at risk of redevelopment to make way for a new stadium is fighting back using the power of dance — and Beyonce.

Three ladies from the Chadstone Bowls Club — Terry Foster, 82, Janine Hall, 82, and Wyn Hewett, 72 — star in a video featuring them dancing to Beyonce hit Single Ladies.

But instead of singing about break-ups and sisterhood, the trio sing about their love for the club and ask Stonnington Council to “pay attention”.

“Cause we’re bowlers and you can’t take this away from us,” the chorus goes.

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“Now we’re mad and you won’t get away with it.”

Since being posted to Facebook on Saturday night the video has been watched more than 400,000 times and the bowling ladies have attracted plenty of wider media attention for their cause.

Denise Wallish, from the Save Chaddy Bowls committee, rejigged Beyonce’s world-famous lyrics and the performers had some choreography help from two other members of the club.

Despite two of the bowling ladies not being familiar with Beyonce and some difficult dance moves, the video was filmed within an afternoon.

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“If you ask the ladies, they didn’t know what they were in for,” Ms Wallish said.

“I think they are starting to enjoy the notoriety.”

Late last year Stonnington Council nominated the park where Chadstone Bowls Club sits as the preferred site for a proposed new $25-million indoor stadium.

The Council has said it was struggling to keep up with increasing demand for sporting facilities and was also considering building the stadium three other locations.

“A new indoor facility is particularly important to meet the needs of women’s sport which is currently under-catered for,” the Council said on its website.

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While the Council said they have not made a final decision, the club is determined not to lose its beloved green.

“The bowling club is not just a just sporting outlet, for many people it’s their connection with their community,” Ms Wallish said.

“We have a man in his 90s who said he would chain himself to the fence to save it.”

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Topics: community-and-society, music, local-government, arts-and-entertainment, chadstone-3148

First posted July 30, 2017 23:53:26

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