Our profile 'victim' this time is one of the game's gentlemen – Colin Evans of Rhos Park. Like most players, Colin leaned to play bowls from his father at Rhos Park BC ' I suppose he wanted to keep me where he could see me.'
Colin was born in Colwyn Bay and took up bowls at a time when many of his friends were doing the same. He was 16. He joined Rhos Park in 1959 and has played for that club ever since , ' I am proud to be a 'one club man' and besides, why would I want to play anywhere else when I already play for the best club in Wales?' I think he's after free tea and buns at Rhos Park for the rest of the season!!! Colin used to play five times a week, but says that 'old age' has brought it down to three. Colin has helped administer Rhos Park Club for the best part of 45 years. At times he has been Secretary, Chairman and Captain. He was also Manager of the one time North Wales Parks Team. As a retired accountant, he has never been Treasurer of the Club ' They are too wise for that,' he quips.
His list of bowls successes may surprise some having won the Welsh Senior Merit twice and the Welsh Vet's Merit. He has a number of tournament titles under his belt as well as pairs victories with partners Arthur Ollerton and Jim Smith. He reckons his best bowls moment came in 1988 when he won his first Welsh Merit title against old friend Ivor Jones at East Parade, Rhyl. Colin is also proud of all his wins for Wales back in the 70s and early 80s. His worst moment was clearly losing in the semi final of the BCGBA Senior Merit in 1988 as one of our representatives at that years top competition. ' All was going well until I made a mistake – I still have nightmares about that game.'
Like many seasoned bowlers, Colin says that no game is ever easy and remembers many tough matches against other veterans of the sport, Ivor Jones, Mike Barrodale and Gwyn Morris. He hopes to keep playing as long as he can and would love to see Wales win the BCGBA County Championship one day.
When not playing bowls, Colin is an armchair spectator and tunes in to cricket, football ( he is a Stoke City supporter ) tennis and golf. In his younger days, he also played table tennis, tennis and badminton. ' I had rather a thing about racket sports.'
Colin remembers Arthur Mountford who helped many youngster in the 50s at Rhos Park as being tough but fair. The 'late, great' Gwyn Morris was also an influence on Colin. 'Just to stand near him at the side of a bowling green and listen to him talking gave you a wealth of information about a game.' Music, and Colin likes the golden tones of Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash, but also likes Status Quo. He laughs to Tommy Cooper and Michael McIntyre and 'any number of Jack Hunt's iffy jokes.'
He is fond of the epic in movies with 'The Inn of The Sixth Happiness', 'Titanic' and 'Zulu' particular favourites – 'all films that bring the softy out in me. The rendition of 'Men of Harlech' from the film 'Zulu' would stir any Welshman'.
Family concerns stress him sometimes and having to Captain his 'motley crew of Vets at Rhos Park', but relaxes to the TV and time spent with daughter Lucinda. Colin admits to having a shy personality and is a reluctant leader. He doesn't like bad behaviour on or off the green and would like to see a more professional look to some league clubs with a dress code more rigorously enforced. This, he feels, would be more impressive to visiting non players.
Colin feels highly honoured that Rhos Park was chosen to host the BCGBA Junior Merit Final in 2015. The Club worked hard and received acclaim from players, officials and visitors. We will round this profile off with Colin's own words. 'I have made numerous friends in the sport over my 59 years in the game and I would like everyone to know that I value each and every one of them.'
Colin and Club being presented with commemorative plaque for BCGBA Junior Merit 2015.
Colin in action at the 2018 Vets Merit at Bryn Newydd