An excited crowd gathered yesterday as Peg Edwards and Mim Guilfoyle stepped onto the mat.
They suddenly felt the pressure of bowling first on the new synthetic bowling green at Tarcoola Village.
Mrs Edwards, 94, rolled the first kitty before Mrs Guilfoyle, 96, delivered the first bowl to applause from their fellow Shepparton Villages residents.
"I haven't bowledfor 18 years, so I was just a bit rusty," Mrs Guilfoyle said.
"I was nervous on the mat, then proud after I bowled.
"My bowl was just fair. My son would say 'not up to standard'."
Mrs Edwards has lived at Tarcoola for the past 30 years - the most of all her fellow residents.
She said she has not bowled outdoors for five years.
"I bowl indoors, but it was a bit nerve-racking to be outside in front of everyone," she said.
"I felt honoured to be given the first bowl."
The $140,000 green was part of a $4 million project to start the $30 million Tarcoola redevelopment plan.
The first stage of the four stage project built 15 new independent living units, the three-rink green and extended the activity centre.
Residents started moving into the new units last week.
The finished redevelopment will have 60 new independent living units and an aged-care facility for 90 people on Chas Johnson Reserve, replacing Hakea Lodge.
As printed in the Weekend News on Saturday April 28, 2012.