Three Melbourne bowls club members have channeled their inner Beyonce in a bid to save their beloved club against the threat of a new stadium.
Terry Foster, 82, Janine Hall, 82 and Wyn Hewett, 72 are from Chadstone Bowls Club and made a video parody of Beyonce’s hit “Single Ladies” – but instead of singing about broken hearts and sisterhood, the trio sing about how much they love their club while appealing to Stonnington Council to “pay attention”.
Their committee is currently fighting Stonnington Council’s decision to bulldoze the club in favour of a new “multifunctional indoor sports stadium” which is set to cost around A$25 million.
The three friends originally made the video in the hopes they might draw a bit of attention and support from the local community for their club.
However, since it was uploaded to youtube on Saturday, the video has been viewed more than half a million times with even The New York Times writing about it.
The three dancers are said to be “gobsmacked” at the attention their little video is getting.
In the video, the trio can be seen emulating some of the very moves from Beyonce’s original while singing: “Cause we’re bowlers and you can’t take this away from us/Now we’re mad and you won’t get away with it/No no no, no no no, no no no.”
Chadstone Bowls Club has been around since 1958 and has more than 660 members.