‘Troublemaker’ challenges bowls club blacklist
A SUNSHINE Coast retiree is taking her bowls club to court after she was black-listed by its "cowboy" male hierarchy, claiming she was wrongly accused of slamming another lady's cooking skills.
Robyn Perren, 67, from Woombye, claims chairman Ralph Wells wrongly accused her of saying "I won't eat anything prepared by that bitch" about a fellow club member.
She claims she was wrongly labelled a "troublemaker" who was disliked by lady members and this led to her being "pushed out of the" membership of the Nambour Bowls Club "by two men (both chairmen)", documents filed in the Supreme Court in Brisbane state.
Ms Perren says in court documents she has been humiliated and bullied by the "bunch of cowboys" who run the 130-member club.
After three years of membership, including as secretary of the board, she was officially banned from the clubhouse and its grounds in a letter sent by the clubs lawyers in January.
She admits she was critical of lady club members who spent more than $1 per head on club afternoon teas but denies claims she had been "running around the club criticising" member and catering manager June Robson to other members in November 2016 after the club ran out of coleslaw at a lunch for 112 visiting lady bowlers on October 11.
Ms Perren admits yelling "extremely loudly" when Ms Robson told her how to use the dishwasher and labelled her a control-freak who likes "to organise everything", court documents state.
Ms Perren has gone to court in a bid to be allowed back onto the bowling greens and to clear her name.
"People would say I should just forget about it and let it go," she says in court documents.
Ms Perren told Bowls Queensland in a letter (filed in court) that when fellow bowlers talk to her about her ban she has to "turn away so that they don't see the tears".
"I have done nothing but ruffle a few feathers," Ms Perren says in court documents. "A club member can have a stand-up fight and just be suspended for a few months."
She told then-chairman Ralph Wells that she was not going to allow him to drive her and her husband, Neville, from the club.
Ms Perren told the court that on November 10, 2016 then-club chairman Brian Flux told her "none of the women like you" and that he had received "many complaints about you from the women in the club".
Ms Perren claims club manager Graham Corps told members "we don't believe Robyn gets along with other people" at a meeting in April 2017 which blocked her from rejoining the club.
"A person's membership can be rejected if the committee believes that they are not of good character," Mr Corps allegedly told the meeting.
Last May, Ms Perren complained to Bowls Queensland president Peter Williamson in a bid to get him to intervene in the fight.
"Clubs are being allowed to become a law unto themselves operating as a 'bunch of cowboys'," she wrote to Mr Williamson.
Her case is due in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.