Bungaree bowling toward the future
There’s great news in the bowling community coming out of the Ballarat region with Australia’s newest bowls club, the Bungaree Bowling Club commencing their maiden season this year.
Whilst we hear too often of clubs having to close their doors, it’s wonderful to hear that Bungaree Bowling Club has formed and the local community is getting behind the young club.
The Bungaree Bowling Club associated with the newly developed Bungaree Community Centre, have commenced their first ever pennant season out of the Ballarat Bowling Club whilst they fundraise to get their own green built 15km out of town.
Whilst the Bungaree Community Centre received funding of 2.3 million dollars to invest on a re development project, turning the centre into a modern sporting complex with new club rooms for AFL, Netball and Bowls, the bowling club still needs to fundraise a further $280,000 to build a synthetic green.
The Ballarat Bowling Club have been good enough to host Bungaree for their home games in 2015, however Bungaree hope to have raised enough funds for the 2016 pennant season to be played on their brand new home green.
Bungaree Bowling Club already have 45 registered bowling members including new bowlers playing their first ever season of competitive bowls.
11 members have previous bowling experience whilst a significant 34 others were attracted to the game of bowls simply through word and mouth around the community and through family influence.
It is not uncommon to see a family combining on one rink during pennants and juniors as young as 10 have joined to participate in a sport alongside their parents and grandparents.
Bungaree Bowling Club prides themselves on being an accommodating club with many of their members still in the work force.
Promotions Officer John Maher spoke on behalf of Bungaree Bowling Club to say thanks for the support the club has received.
“I’d really like to mention how appreciative the Bungaree Bowling Club is of the amazing support the Ballarat Bowling Club has been in providing us with their venue so we can practice and play our home games there,” Mr Maher said.
“Peter Nixon (Regional Bowls Manager Western Victoria), Rod Lindsay (BDBD Secretary) and the whole BDBD competition in Ballarat have been incredibly supportive and that’s why Lawn Bowls is such a great game,” Mr Maher said.
Bungaree have formed a proactive committee who are working together with their members to make the Bungaree Bowling Club are great success for the small farming community.
Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the hard work of the committee and congratulate them on achieving such a wonderful accomplishment for the sport of bowls.
Tony Trigg (President)
Jayson Frawley (Treasurer)
Patricia Watt (Secretary)
John Maher (Promotions Officer & Coach)
For more information on the newly formed Bungaree Bowling Club please check out their face book page.