- Breaking News 14 August, 2018
We are very pleased to announce that current Jackaroo Barrie Lester is back at our great club wearing the mighty red and blue again.
In his bowling career Barrie has amassed 380 games for Victoria, played in 2 Commonwealth Games and has a long list of achievements as long as Chapel Street including multiple state titles.
We’re excited to see Barrie work his magic on the greens and also around the club. He will be working driving the club’s Public Relations and Marketing strategy and we look froward to him help thrust the Melbourne Bowling Club forward to even a brighter future.
Welcome aboard Baz. Go Dee’s
- Club history comes home to the M.B.C. 21 June, 2018
Another item of club history comes home
The Great Great grandson David Canterford of one of the clubs founding fathers George Lewis visited the club recently and presented us with a silver cradle for a bowl that was originally presented to George Lewis in 1871 by members of the club for service as club secretary. George and his son Edward who was club champion 6 times and served on RVBA committees as a selector amongst other tasks have a number of items in the trophy cabinet linked to them. A silver cake tray was also given to the club by David. This was presented to George by the club to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary. The board thanks David for presenting us with items that go all the way back to the founding of the club. It is truly appreciated.
- Mikey Xxi True Colours 17 June, 2018
Melbourne member and street artist Mikey (acca MikeyXxi) who along with Wade (acca Lucks) painted the water tank, currently has an exhibition “Mikey Xxi True Colours” at Bromley & Co around the corner in Chapel Street Windsor. Well worth seeing.
- Peter Curwen-Walker voted to life membership 24 May, 2018
Peter Curwen-Walker voted to life membership of the MBC at the AGM on 22/5.
Peter joined the Club on 14 October 1986
Since that date he has very ably represented the membership in the capacities of
General Committee Member 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90 and 1990/91
Vice President 1991/92
General Committee 1993/94
Vice President 1994/95
President 1995/96, 1996/97
Secretary 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000
President 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05
General Committee 2005/06
Secretary 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11
General Committee 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 & 2014/15
Board of Management 2015/16, 2016/17
The full citation is presented in the club newsletter.
Congratulations Peter on a truly deserving honour!!
- Victoria successful in the 2018 Australian Sides Championships 10 May, 2018
Quoting Bowls Australia “The sport’s most coveted state versus state event”.
Each state and territory is represented in the annual competition. Among those in attendance were numerous Australian Jackaroos squad members, world champions, and Commonwealth Games representatives.
Victoria claimed the men’s Alley Shield honour a game clear of NSW, with Tasmania finishing in third spot ahead of Queensland. The Victorian women coming second in the women’s overall title.
Melbourne had 3 current members; Curtis Hanley, Matt Ellul and Shane Fordham, with three former members, John McCarren, Barry Lester and Dylan Fisher in the side of 12.
It is always great to turn the tables on the likes of NSW and Qld.
Well done guys a truly impressive result .
- Bear 26 April, 2018
Bear’s Big Day Out
Life is a journey,
As somebody once said,
Some of us smell the roses,
While others race ahead,
Today is a day of reflection,
Of loving, of giving, of care,
On this special Anzac Day,
That we’ve dedicated to Bear.
Bear’s Big Day Out,
Is a result of many hands,
The more of life we experience,
The more each of us understands,
That, yes, our life is precious,
We don’t know where it ends,
But, the ride of all our lifetimes,
Is made better with great friends.
And, today, has been selected,
As a special day of care,
To highlight one big bastard,
The ever-loving Bear.
Most of us will know him,
From our love of playing bowls,
But, there’s so much more to Chris O ‘Meagher,
Than ever could be told.
Bear has been adept,
At many different sports,
Lacrosse, yes, many sorts.
And, in Bear’s interactions,
In his many walks of life,
He has so many mates,
Not least of all, Shirley, his wife.
The backing of Bear’s family,
His Mum, Dad, Elai, Chris, Andrew, Neil, Monika & Michael,
Has been a massive comfort,
As Bear battles through the cycle.
Of treatment for his illness,
The big C, the terrible cancer,
While each of us would love to eliminate it,
We don’t quite have the answer.
But, today, we all attempt,
To give all that we can,
As a mark of respect and love,
For this mountain of a man.
And, if our love was a healer,
Bear would be all cured,
So, know that we all love you Bear,
Of that, you are assured.
We’ve been with you through the battle,
In many different ways,
The culmination of efforts,
Is this most special of days.
But, the care isn’t just today,
We also have a fight!
Young Matty Ellul, on the 29th of June,
Is going to be punching cancer with all his might!
Yes, Matt has been in training,
Getting punched around the ring,
Another example of love & care,
And giving his everything.
So, thanks to you all here,
We each make a small fragment,
Of the love that’s there for Bear,
From those present & also absent.
Special thanks must go,
To those who have contributed,
And all of you for your dress up!
Good to see you aren’t inhibited!
To the 2 Bowling Clubs,
Melbourne & St Kilda,
Thank you both for hosting,
And helping us to build a,
Successful, collaborative effort,
That we’d love to do next year,
That’s our ultimate intention,
To see you all back here!
Special mention goes,
To Michael, Bear’s number one,
The main impetus of this day,
Of bowls, beers, caring & fun!
And, in no particular order,
A massive group thanks goes,
To the following for their assistance,
More than many of us knows.
Michael, Monika, and
The whole Bear Clan,
Shane Fordham, Rick Lawler, Jason Kuiti,
Matty Ellul, our boxing man!
Macca from Toorak, for the printing,
Bear’s family for the food,
To all those who helped out & dressed up,
To really set the mood.
To St Kilda’s President, Dan Manger,
And to Ewen Wilson, The President of Melbourne, Go Dees!
Thanks for the use of the bowls clubs,
It’s made that part a breeze!
To the whole bowls community,
You all know who you are,
A big thanks goes to everyone,
Any takers for a Matty Ellul spar?
Thanks to AFB,
St Kilda’s Andrew Fowler-Brown,
For the artwork & donations a plenty,
Working tirelessly in the countdown.
And thanks, of course, to Bear,
Yes, I know, not for getting sick,
But, for bringing so many together,
The spirit of the day to make it stick.
So, enjoy the day together,
And hats off to you all,
Thanks for your contributions,
No matter how large or small.
Your help, love and mere presence,
Shows just how much we care,
Raise a drink & here’s cheers from everyone,
To our dear mate, here’s to Bear!
Click here to see Justin reading his poem
- Bowls survey – future participation opportunities 21 April, 2018
Bowls Victoria with support from Gemba (a sports marketing agency) are seeking feedback from both the bowling and general community to identify future participation formats and opportunities to engage more participants and grow the sport of bowls.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and is to be completed by 5pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018.
Completed surveys will go into a competition to win 20 x $30 Coles-Myer Gift Cards.BV will be using the results to assist them in establishing how existing competitions might be modified and what new initiatives would have support.It is IMPORTANT that as many non-bowlers also complete the survey as possible. Depending on whether you are a bowler or not will depend on the questions you are asked
Who is the Melbourne Bowling Club
The Melbourne Bowling Club is more than just a bowling club it is a social club! It is arguably one of the most successful bowls clubs in the Metropolitan region with six premierships and seven runners up titles since 2000 in the Premier Division competition along with three State champion titles.
Not interested in bowling become a social member and enjoy the benefits of a relaxed friendly environment and members prices. It is becoming the gathering place for Windsor locals who like to have a quite break from the hurley burly of Chapel Street.
A place to drop in during the week after work before heading off down the C street.
Alternatively looking to have a function that is number one for breaking that awkward silence when acquaintances or work colleagues meet for the first time at a social occasion then barefoot bowls is for you!
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