Life Membership for bowls stalwart - Gisborne Gazette February 2021

Gisborne & District Bowling Club members voted unanimously at the Club's AGM on 14 December to award the Club's Bowls Director - John Evans - Life Membership.

Nominating member and fellow LIfe Member, Richard Newton, stated in his nomination that John has been an exceptional member of the Club from the moment he joined 15 years ago.

His considerable contribution includes having served multiple times as Club President and multiple times on the Board of Management.

He has also sat on the Bowls Committee and other committees, as well as selection committees for both Saturday and mid-week pennant. John has slso represented the Club at Association level. Richard said he doubted that John had ever missed a day's pennant play.

Perhaps John's most outstanding contribution to the Club has to be he care and maintenance of the grass green.

It seems that any day one drives past the Club, John's car is there in the car park as he is busy at work for the Club. 

Secondary students learn lawn bowls Gisborne Gazette December 2020

The Gisborne and Disrict Bowling Club, as part of its community bowls program, and Gisborne Secondary Collete have partnered to provide lawn bowls sessions to around 200 year 9 students.

Until mid-December the students are receiving tuition in lawn bowls in small groups from club members as part of their physical education program. The College is very appreciative of the six bowling club members who have volunteered their time to assist the students' development in the sport. All participants - students and club members - have been thoroughly enjoying the experience and look forward to continuing this relationship in 2021.

A number of budding bowlers have been identified and it is hoped that they take up the sport as an extra-curricular activity in the future. The Bowling Club is planning to provide coaching lessons to those students who may be interested as an after-school activity.

Two bowling teams in rare accomplishment - Gisborne Gazette August 2020

In the game of bowls, the highest score possible in pennant matches is 8 shots, which means all of a team’s 8 bowls have beaten all of the opponents’ 8 bowls.

This does not occur very often, however during the 2019-20 season, two different Gisborne Bowling Club teams managed to accomplish this feat.

The first team to achieve this (in October 2019 against Kyneton), consisted of: John Hunter; Brian Anderson; John Cowlishaw; and David Wesney.

The second team (in February 2020 against Woodend) was Peter Wellington; Brian Carr; Dominic Varrese; and Dennis Swainston.

To commemorate the accomplishment, Bowls Victoria provides special 8-shot pins for each of the players involved, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were unable to be awarded to the players until now.

The pins were finally awarded by the Central Highlands Bowling Division Chairman, Ian Ball, on Saturday 14 November prior to the commencement of the day’s pennant matches. 

Congratulations to all eight players on their great accomplishment.

Bowling Club thanks Sponsors and Members - Gisborne Gazette August 2020

While the Gisborne & District Bowling Club has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, membership remains strong and supportive.

The Club has worked closely with Bowls Victoria to implement social distancing and sanitising rules to allow limited bowls activity to be undertaken so that members can keep active.

Everybody involved with the Club, including sponsors, acknowledges that we each have an important role to play in maintaining our health in these uncertain times.

The Club would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors, of which there are many, for their continued support over this period.

Champion Bowlers Make Their MarkGisborne Gazette June 2020

In May the Gisborne and District Bowling Club was delighted to learn that the Bendigo Bank had awarded $1300 sponsorship to the Club for its annual community bowls program.

The sponsorship deal replaces a previous lower level of annual sponsorship by the Bank. It also formalises a laissez-faire arrangement over the pat 10 years of bank support for the community bowls program.

So get excited all of you would-be bowlers out there - here's our chance to get serious about participating in a fun community bowls program. It runs for six weeks before Christmas (November/December) and six weeks after Christmas (February/March).

You need a team of four players (preferably five for interchange) who are prepared to go the distance. It doesn't matter if you haven't played before - the Club provides bowls and instruction to get you going. You have a choice of whether you play on a Tuesday night or a Wednesday night (both starting about 5.30pm for 6pm). There is a sausage sizzle every night and the bar is open.

The sponsorship funds enable the Club to award prize money to the lucky winners each night and at the end of the hard-fought but lots of fun competitions, the Bendigo Bank Community Bowls Shields will be awarded to the overall Tuesday night and Wednesday night victors.

To find out more about the Community Bowls Program contact Rob Paterson on 0417 283 382 for Tuesday nights, or David Wesney on 0413 838 548 for Wednesday nights. Let us know your interest by 30 September.

Gisborne Bowlers Celebrate Getting back on the Green - Gisborne Gazette May 2020

Pictured: Bowlers Roland James & Vlod Cyrulo practicing good hand hygiene.

Thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Gisborne bowlers have returned to the green from Saturday 16 May after a long absence, albeit under strict conditions.

 Our members are very excited to be able to get out and bowl again, and took advantage of the three days of wonderful sunny weather conditions on the weekend of the re-opening.

 The Club is strictly adhering to guidelines from Bowls Victoria, and ultimately, the Victorian Government and the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

 Conditions of play include only 10 bowlers allowed on the premises at one time, social distancing, and hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser it readily available around the green, as is spray sanitiser for the mats and jacks. Players are also required to register their attendance to allow for contact tracing in the unlikely event of an infection

 Unfortunately under the current restrictions only Club members are permitted to play, and the indoor facilities and bars remain closed. Hopefully restrictions will be eased further in the near future allowing for a full return to all activities and functions.

 Thanks go to Club Chairman Rob Paterson, and Deputy Chairman Russell A Walker OAM, for their work to facilitate the re-opening.

Smokey and the Bandits win Bendigo Bank Wednesday Community Bowls Shield for 2019-20

The Wednesday night community barefoot bowls competition sponsored by the Bendigo Bank drew to a close on 11 March 2020 after 12 weeks of fun, laughter, and fiercely fought games of lawn bowls among the 12 teams of players drawn from the local Gisborne community.

On the final night the top four teams played off in a finals format vying for the prized Bendigo Bank Wednesday Community Bowls Shield. In the first round of five ends, Smokey and the Bandits defeated the OCs (Old Chaps), and Mothers of Invention defeated the 3 Little Pigs. The play-off for the minor placings over a further five ends saw the OCs victorious for third place over 3 Little Pigs who won fourth place. In the grand final Smokey and the Bandits emerged as the winners of the shield after comfortably defeating the Mothers of Invention (runners-up).

The members of Smokey and the Bandits were Smokey Treloar, Ian Carmichael, Peter Taylor, Wayne Pegg, Jason Treloar and Graham Carmichael. Congratulations to the winners of the Bendigo Bank Wednesday Community Bowls Shield for 2019-2020. 

The Club is currently closed due to the health crisis, however if you would like to join the fun when life gets back to normal, get a few mates together and register a team by calling David Wesney on 0413 8838 548, or email him at In the meantime, we hope that you are all staying home and staying safe.

Pictured: Smokey and the Bandits with Dominic Andreacchio, Director of the Gisborne District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank after presenting them with the shield.

Chicken & Champagne Tournament Sponsored by TD Automotive Services

Pictured: The winning team from Bannockburn with tournament organiser, Dorothy Evans (centre)

The 2020 annual Chicken and Champagne Tournament was held on Friday 22 February. This much-anticipated annual event was bigger and better than ever this year and attracted 24 teams from Kyneton, Sunbury, Esendon, Trentham, Kilmore, Wallan, Maribyrnong Park, Golden Square, Lancefield, Melton, Bannockburn, Castlemaine, Broadford, Aberfeldie, Harcourt, Woodend, as well as Gisborne - a total of 96 players.

Participants enjoyed a day of bowling and fun, including raffles, door prizes, lucky numbers and a delicious luncheon and afternoon tea, as well as the champagne which flowed freely throughout the day. 

This year's winner was Geof Taylor's team from Bannockburn, which won both games and scored 34 points, beating Jenny Holburtn's team from Golden Square on a count back. Interestingly, a team from Bannockburn were runners up last year. The best last game was won by Dianne Marsh's team from Maribyrnong Park. 

Thanks go to all Gisborne cub members who assisted with organising the day, including (but not limited to) Teresa who was in charge of catering and her crew; all our drink waters and food servers; Robyn for the stalls and Dorothy for organising the teams.

A special thanks to the major sponsor - TD Automotive Services. Without our sponsors we  would not be able to run these events so we encourage all attendees and members to patronise our sponsors wherever possible.

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