Melbourne Bowling Club was established in 1864 and is the oldest bowling club in Australia, and one of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere!Conveniently situated in Windsor, only a few metres from Chapel Street, close to public transport, the club is a busy and thriving establishment with many members both young and old. The club provides a wide variety of bowls experiences, from competitive pennant competitions, to tournaments and social bowls. As well as 4 bowls greens, we offer a wide range of facilities to cater to any function, large or small. Together with our friendly staff, we are here to assist you in planning your event as well as enjoying your special occasion at our club Melbourne Bowling Club was the major location site for the movie ‘Crackerjack’ starring Mick Molloy – it has gone on to be one of Australia’s highest grossing movies.
Another sunny Saturday
|Saturday social bowls is continuing to lead a charmed run of great weather. Saturday 3 June saw a good turn out in sunny conditions with eight lucky individuals taking home the wine. In this photo left to right is Whitey’s mates Matt and Lance then Lucas on the mat, Kevin, Keith and Jack. Byron was skipping on the rink next door and to quote him, “this is more serious than pennant”. He was gunning for the bottle of wine. After a close tussle all day at 14 all with two ends to play he brought the side home with a blinder of a conversion on the second last end. His team of Max, Janine and Timothy walked off with the wine as did the two Kevin’s, Lucas and Jack.|
Gordon – New chairman of selectors
The match committee had its first meeting on the 1/6/17 and selected Gordon Lowing as the chairman of selectors for the coming season. He leads the intrepid band of Greg Hogan, Ron Jackson, Grahame Fraser and Sean Ingram who intend to take all before them in 2017-18. The four teams will be in Premier Division, Division 2, Division 4 and Division 5.
In the Sandbelt region there has been a 9.6% drop in membership over the last three years. Average membership of the 42 clubs in the region last season was 86.9 Bowls Vic members. Melbourne was slightly above this.
We currently hold the State and metropolitan pennant titles but need to make it our aim to be at least 20% above the Sandbelt average for Bowls Vic members. That means the target is at least 105 bowling members for the 2017-18 season.
It is a conundrum that although huge numbers have now experienced bowls through the barefoot ‘Cracker Jack’ experience competitive bowls is shrinking. The match committee and board encourages everyone to make it their priority to buck the overall trend.
Time to manicure the greens
|Our long standing green keeper Brett ‘Cutter’ Leighton has been busy over the last couple of weeks of May aerating, top dressing and fertilising the Campbell and Watson Greens to ensure that they are in pristine condition for 2017-18 pennant season.It is now up to the members to spread the word that the best place to bowl is The Melbourne Bowling Club. Get busy and sign up your friends. New bowlers to Melbourne have their membership fee of $100 waived for the the first season.|