They’re both 82, carry similar averages, and neither can remember how many teammates they’ve bowled with.
But Elma Dalziel and Isabel Postill have bowled with each other on Thursday afternoons at Lincoln Lanes for the last 50 years.
Dalziel and her then-husband moved to Vernon from Victoria, while Postill and her husband came in 1950 from the Kootenays, where they were operating a dairy farm.
“Sheila Kassa was on the team and she phoned me up asking if I was interested in bowling,” said Dalziel recently before the second-to-last Thursday afternoon session of the season.
Postill said she knew of Dalziel before bowling but couldn’t remember how she came about to be on the same team.
Not that it matters. The pair have been fixtures on Thursdays at Lincoln Lanes since 1963,
“These two ladies are amazing,” said Lincoln Lanes’ Sandi Soroka, whose parents, Allan and Ev Wiffen, operated the lanes when Dalziel and Postill began bowling.
“I can’t believe they’ve been on the same team for 50 years. They are both so much fin, nice to everybody and they are both so energetic.”
The only times the pair have missed bowling are for medical surgeries or for becoming moms.
Dalziel gave birth to four children, Postill delivered two babies.
Yet it’s really only the bowling alley where the pair see each other, on Thursdays, from September to April.
“The odd time we’ll get together socially, but not very often,” said Postill. “We both do other things.”
Postill, who carried a 147 average into the final weeks of the season, likes to garden and travel with her family to cutting horse shows when she’s not bowling with Dalziel and fellow teammates Linda Kane and Marilyn Zupp on The Go-Getters.
Dalziel, with a 152 average, plays badminton twice a week, plays bridge, gardens and travels when not mowing down the pins.
“Some days we have good days bowling, some days we have bad days,” laughed Dalziel, who has no plans to hang up her bowling shoes.
Neither does Postill.
“The friendship has a lot to do with it,” said Postill of bowling every Thursday with Dalziel and others in the Thursday afternoon league. “We’ve bowled with a lot of people over the years. Lincoln Lanes has always been a friendly place, and we have a lot of fun.”