Redevelopment happening at Fremantle

by Aaron Delaporte

The Fremantle Bowling Club is part of a $4.28 Million redevelopment of sporting facilities on iconic Fremantle Park, in the centre of Fremantle. The redevelopment commenced on 1st April and the new 2 story clubhouse will be home to the Fremantle Bowling Club, Fremantle Lawn Tennis Club and The Fremantle Workers Club. The scope of the project also includes the installation of a new sandfilled synthetic green to replace an existing grass green. The estimated time for completion is mid-December. The result will be that the Fremantle Bowling Club has two excellent grass greens and one synthetic green. This outcome is the culmination of a long process over an 11-year period and many thanks must go to the various committees for their tireless work to achieve such a great outcome for the club.

In addition to new facilities, the future for the Fremantle Bowling Club, a club that is 123 years old and the oldest in the state in its original location, is about to enter a new era on the greens. From as few as 29 members some years ago, there has been a steady increase in playing numbers.  Over last winter the club attracted 24 new members including 20 men and 4 women. In the 2018/19 Bowls season the club had 4 Saturday divisions (2, 3, 4 and 5) and 3 Thursday divisions (2, 4 and 5) for men. The women had a single division for Tuesday pennants (3rd Division).

The 2018/19 pennant season has been very successful, having gained promotion to Division 1 Blue on both Saturday and Mid-Week. A check on pennant history shows that it has been 30 years since Fremantle has had a 1st division team. Additionally, the club has also gained promotion in Men’s Mid-week pennant from Division 4 to Division 3, while winning the flag as well. The ladies 3rd Division finished the season in 3rd position which is a good improvement over last season. There is a strong possibility the women will enter a team in the Saturday competition next season.

The Fremantle Bowling Club is supportive of all levels of bowlers, from our Sunday social bowlers to new pennant playing members, while offering a friendly, diverse and progressive club with an exciting future.