Hey, it’s your shout Tom!

Tom Geoghegan (left) and Tom Edwards enjoy a beer or two at the Byron Bay Bowling Club.
Tom Geoghegan (left) and Tom Edwards enjoy a beer or two at the Byron Bay Bowling Club.
On any Saturday afternoon you can find two of Byron Bay’s most admired and respected senior citizens doing what they like most – having a bet and a beer with their mates at the Byron Bay Bowling Club.

‘Old Tom’ Edwards, 89, and ‘Young Tom’ Geoghegan, 86, share a common interest in horse racing and that challenging task of picking a winner.

Originally a bricklayer and in RAAF telecommunication during World War II, Tom Edwards came to Byron Bay in 1986 with his now late wife Phoebe.

 His daughter Pam used to run a café in town. He has an excellent historical knowledge of the Sydney racing scene, being able to recall past champions and their trainers and jockeys.

Tom Geoghegan was a ‘ten pound Pom’, migrating to Australia in 1954 after service in the Eighth Army in Africa and Italy.

He was a successful painter and decorator in the bay for some 40 years and with wife Peg, has raised three daughters and a son. 

 As for getting a winner or two, ‘Old’ Tom says you can’t beat breeding and form.

‘Young’ Tom is more of a systems man.

The ‘two Toms’ may not agree on all topics, especially when it comes to Ashes cricket, religion and politics.

But one thing they always have the same answer for is if one asks the other whose turn it is to buy the beers, the answer will definitely be.

“It’s your shout, Tom!”

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