Lawn bowls with lawyers anyone?

Perhaps not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Friday night fun – but we beg to differ!

Last month FGD Melbourne hosted some of our nearest and dearest at our first of many Balmy Twilight Bowls Night in Flagstaff Gardens. Despite the unpredictable Melbourne weather, we were graced with a blissful spring-time evening and the perfect backdrop as the sun set behind the CBD skyline.

Upon arrival guests collected their team colours for the inaugural bowling contest and began working the room in search of fellow team mates. After weathering the inevitable ice breaking and the popping of a few champagne corks, shoes were scattered on the sidelines and teams began rallying on the greens to face off with their opponents. The air was rife with competitive spirit and speculation over the mysterious Grand Prize.

Occasional displays of exceptional bowling precision were frequently disrupted by rogue bowls from neighbouring lanes providing for endless entertainment. The fierce contest could only be interrupted by the sounding of a gong calling guests to watch the incredible Flying Wok team toss dumplings, Thai curries and noodle boxes together over sizzling woks as dinner was served.

In the midst of all the fun and excitement – the scoreboard was initially overlooked resulting in a desperate dash to the finish line (to win first prize). The competition concluded with a widely debated and controversial win to the Blue Team – but the scoreboard doesn’t lie (despite being largely unsupervised). As the Grand Prize was revealed – a lucky dip of highly coveted items – any remaining hint of team spirit left the building as the Blue Team then turned on their own and into a battle of first-in best-dressed. As cap guns, slinkies and Magic 8 fortune balls (to name a few) were vigorously unwrapped and shamelessly flaunted, the less than successful teams looked on in envy dreaming of a second chance.

The night concluded with a heartfelt address from our Associate Directors, Frank Chila and Joe Buckley, great catch ups with new and old friends and a slow dance to the sweet sounds of local musician Lachlan Hurrell.

All in all lawn bowls with lawyers was a great success. We couldn’t have pulled it off without an incredible team of workers – our hats go off to:

Finally, the biggest thank you to all of our joined us and made the night one to remember. We can’t wait to do it again next year and give everyone a second chance at the grand prize! Be sure to check out the gallery below for some of our favourite moments from the night.