Phil Flood’s induction into the Northern Territory Tenpin Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame might come as a surprise to some, but none more so than Phil himself.
Phil’s wife, Pat, and some of his old bowling friends from back in the NT secretly put together an induction nomination which was eventually accepted by the board.
It was not until five days before the induction ceremony that the Clare resident learned he had sealed a place among the best.
“I was shocked, stunned and amazed (about the acceptance),” Phil said.
“I only found out on the Sunday night when we were flying to Darwin on the Thursday.
“I had no idea at all that they had been doing this behind my back for about six months to get all the criteria together for it.”
Phil said he was humbled to receive the honour of being immortalised in the Northern Territory’s tenpin bowling history.
“It is a bit humbling really,” he said.
“It was a fair time ago when I was bowling in the territory, I have been down here for about 20 years.
“Most people that are down here would not know that I had anything to do with that sport.”
Phil started bowling in 1980 after moving back home to Alice Springs when work in Port Lincoln dried up, and within three years he won his first NT Masters Championship.
Six years later he followed that up with his second and final championship, while also placing fourth at the Australian Masters in 1987 and travelling to Singapore for training.
The Floods relocated to Clare in 1996 and traveled back and forth to Adelaide once a week for a period of time because there was no bowling alley located anywhere in the Mid North.
Eventually, with the amount of travel, Phil hung up his bowling shoes.
Phil was never selected to represent Australia, but he has no regrets about the way his career played out.
“Once you realise in sport your ambitions and your capabilities, you really do not get disappointed,” he said.
“I would have loved to have gone away, and the only way would have been as a manager.
“But I think I got as much out of the sport as I could have hoped to have, and the honour that came my way I never really gave any serious thought to.”
Phil played a vital part in getting tenpin bowling recognised by the Northern Territory Government after forming a partnership between bowling alleys in Darwin and Alice Springs.
Today, tenpin bowling is still a respected sport in the Northern Territory with participants being the first squad admitted to the Northern Territory Institute of Sport.