Aug 17

Opening Day 2018

More details now available about our 2018-19 Opening Day.

When: Saturday 1st September 2018 – must arrive by 12.15pm
Where: Swinburne Avenue Club Rooms
Whats happening:

  • Must arrive by 12.15pm
  • The greens will be opened by the local member the Honourable John Pescutto, MP
  • A social game of bowls will follow the Official Ceremony
  • A BBQ will be put on for after the game

How to register you name:

  • Lists have been posted at Swinburne Avenue and Glen Street
  • Or, you can register your interest online HERE

We look forward to what will be a fantastic day.

Aug 17

From the Green Keepers Shed – August 2018

All is going well and looking good for the start of the season. We have had a cool and reasonably dry Winter, so we don’t have a lot of moss hanging around the greens.

We are looking to have the greens available for use from Thursday 23rd August, but this will be confirmed over the weekend, weather condition permitting.

Soon we will start to cut and roll the green on a more regular basis as the weather gets a bit warmer and the green come out of their dormancy.

Looking forward to getting everyone back on the greens.

Warren Maynard

Aug 16

Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Lunch


Kick-off Grand Final Week at the MCC Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon in the Members Dining Room on Monday September 24.
Hosted by the dynamic duo of Ian Cover and Tony Leonard and featuring Gold Coast Suns Senior Coach and dual premiership player, Stuart Dew plus a host of give-aways, this function is a must in grand final week.
The luncheon includes a sit-down, three-course meal with beverages (beer, wine, sparkling and soft drink).

Date:  Monday September 24, 2018 12.00pm for 12.30pm
Location:  Members Dining Room Level 2, Members Reserve
Dress:  Jacket and tie for men and equivalent standard for women (strictly no denim, please)
Cost:  $125.00 MCC members and guests

RSVP: John Graham (0417 034 417) no later than September 11th with any special dietary requirements

Payment by EFT to MCC Bowls account BSB 083184; Account # 036472704 specifying your name and “GFLUNCH”

Aug 10

Pennant Practice for Upcoming Season

With the Season only just over a month away and Opening even sooner, details of Pennant Practice are outlined below:

Midweek Pennant

Chairperson of Midweek Selection – Linda Moore

Pennant practice will occur on the following dates from 10am at Swinburne Avenue

28th August
4th, 11th and 18th September

First Round of Midweek Pennant will be on Tuesday 25th September.

Lists are up at both Club Rooms, or you can register online at the following link below.

Midweek Pennant Practice Registration

Saturday Pennant

Chairperson of Saturday Selection (Sides 1-4) – Paul Daniel
Chairperson of Saturday Selection (Sides 5-8) – TBC

Pennant practice will occur on the following dates at Swinburne Avenue (times to be determined, but generally roll from 12.30pm)

1st September – Opening Day (no formal practice, but please come down for our ceremonial opening of the greens and bowls after)
8th September – 2 x games vs Malvern @ MCC (generally sides 4 and 7) – all remaining players will be playing Intraclub games
15th September – Games vs Whittlesea – Top 2 sides at Whittlesea – all remainder games at MCC
22nd September – Games vs Mulgrave Country Club spread across both venues – more details to follow
30th September (Sunday after Grand Final Day) – Intraclub games at MCC

First Round of Saturday Pennant will be on Saturday 6th October.

Lists are up at both Club Rooms, or you can register online at the following link below.

Saturday Pennant Practice Registration

Please DO NOT use the selectors email to registering your interest, please use the lists at the club or the above online portals. If you have any questions, please write to the Selectors at or the Bowls Director at

Aug 06

Special General Meeting August 9

A Special General Meeting is being held to discuss and vote upon a proposed amendment to the MCC Bowls Section’s constitution on Thursday 9 August 2018 at 7.30pm in the Swinburne Avenue Pavilion.

As background information, the current Bowls Section constitution, which was adopted in 2016, requires any nominations for the three executive positions of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer be from the required MCC member base of the Bowls Section. No such nomination has been received for the Treasurer’s position in 2018/19  and the constitution does not provide any other avenue to fill this position. MCC  has provided legal advice that there is no clean way that this can be resolved without an amendment to the Constitution.

Accordingly, we have drafted an additional clause which has been approved by the MCC and its legal advisors.  The proposed clause does not change the existing requirement for nominations for these positions to only come from the MCC member base in the first instance.  Instead, it tries to address the anomaly where there is no fallback position if nobody nominates. This anomaly needs to be addressed to fix today’s problem and to stop it from potentially happening again for any of the three executive positions of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer in the future.

The proposed new clause reads as follows:

New Clause:  9.5 (c)

If the Committee does not receive any nominations for the positions of chairperson, secretary or treasurer in accordance with clauses 9.5(a) and (b), the Committee may nominate any member of the Section listed in clause 3.1 to be elected to those positions.

Jul 24

This Friday Night @ Swinburne Ave

Thank you to everyone who popped down to Swinburne Ave on Friday night, we hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Also a thank you for those who helped change over the barefoot bowls stickers, it’s much appreciated.

Jul 20

Coaching Videos

Recently Lachy Tighe with two of our coaches from last season Dan Mars and Scott Mejean plus other well respected coaches around Melbourne put together some coaching videos which were produced at our Swinburne Avenue venue. The videos include practical and panel sessions providing insight into coaching and management aspects.

If you would like to see these videos, just click on the link below which will take you to the YouTube page.

YouTube Coaching Videos

Jul 16

Bowls Vic Smoke Free Policy

The following extracts are from a recently issued amendment to BV’s smoking policy:

Note that it does not currently apply to Pennant events.

“This policy applies to players, coaches, officials, volunteers, staff, contractors, visitors and host Clubs during BV governed events (excluding Pennant) and applies to electronic cigarettes, shisha tobacco and traditional cigarettes.

Whether they are acting in an official BV capacity or not, any player, coach, official, volunteer, staff, contractor or visitor during a BV governed event are not permitted to smoke within the grounds of the bowling Club or within 10 metres of the perimeter of the Club.”

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