Feb 21

Correct Headwear & Rules for Bowling Arms

John Roberts, the chief umpire for Bowls Vic has issued the following reminders in light of the upcoming Pennant finals….


Of late I have noticed a significant number of bowlers not wearing correct hats or caps. I would suggest that with finals coming up Presidents of all clubs remind their members they must be compliant. Clause 12 of the Metropolitan Pennant Conditions of Play sets out the penalties. These may result in either a deduction of four points, or a $100 fine and with further breaches competition points being deducted from the side concerned for that round.

White, Coloured or Registered Club coloured headwear may be worn. Such headwear, in all Pennant, Championship Events and Other Tournaments as specified must have the NMP (BA) Logo. White block hats with club hatband may be worn (no NMP, BA logo required). Headwear is always optional; however, Bowls Victoria recommends all members always protect themselves from the elements.

Bowling Arms:

A reminder that all Bowling Arms need to have the appropriate BA logo (hologram) sticker. Don’t have one? Send an email with a picture of your bowling arm to Andrew Gommers, agommers@bowls.com.au and you will be sent one by mail, a BA accredited sticker. There is NO cost involved here. Don’t get caught in the finals without the correct sticker on your bowling arm device – umpires may check. By the way, players’ names on adhesive tape on arms is NOT considered a modification of the device.

Enjoy the last rounds of Pennant.

John Roberts
Officiating and Laws Committee.


Feb 05

2019/20 Men’s Singles Club Championship

Yesterday afternoon saw the playing of the 2019/20 Men’s Singles Final between Russell Green and Ray Jansen.

The game was played in great spirit with Russell taking out the game 25 – 16 with a great fight back from Ray.

Thanks to all that came down to watch the game.

Jan 27

2019-20 Women’s Singles Club Championship

So 2019-20 Women’s Club Championship Final has been run and won.

The battle was between Anne Draffen and Tris Doolan, with Tris coming out on top, claiming her 3rd Club Championship in a row at MCC Bowls.

Well done to Anne on getting through to the Final in her first Season at the Club.

Thanks to all the supporters who came down to watch today.

2019-20 Women's Singles

Jan 27

2019-20 Yarra Region Success to date

MCC has done really well to date in the Yarra Region Championships.

An update on how our bowlers have fared to date:

  • Tris Doolan won the Women’s Region Singles Championship – making it back to back achievements
  • Brendan Gallagher came Runner Up in the Men’s Region Singles Championship
  • Melissa King came Runner Up in the Women’s Region Novice Singles Championship


  • Tris Doolan & Anne Draffen won the Women’s Region Pairs Championship with Louise Mejean coming Runner Up with Jody Nevill from Bundoora RSL
  • Brendan Gallagher & Mike Haigh won the Men’s Region Pairs Championship


  • Alison Hall & Dee Smith won the Women’s Region Over 60’s Pairs Championship with Gillian Baxter & Fay Winther coming Runners Up
  • Scott Wellington & John Leitch won the Men’s Region Over 60’s Pairs Championship


  • Alison Hall won the Women’s Region Over 60’s Singles Championship with Gillian Baxter coming Runner Up
  • Peter Marget won the Men’s Region Over 60’s Singles Championship with Tom Ristic coming Runner Up


A great effort by all our member bowlers to date. We still have 4 teams in the Last 16 of the Mixed Pairs, plus the Triples and Champion of Champions Singles coming up. We wish all our bowlers will in these events.

Jan 25

2019-20 Women’s Singles Semi Final & Final

The Semi Final and Final of the Women’s Club Championship will be held tomorrow from 11am.

  • Semi Final: Tris Doolan vs Alison Hall
  • Final: Anne Draffen vs Winner (Doolan/Hall)

Get down and watch at Swinburne what will be 2 great matches.

Jan 15

Update – Swinburne Avenue Greens

After discussions between the Greens Director and Greenkeeper it has been decided that the Swinburne Ave greens will re-open on Thursday 23 January for practice and pennant.

Accordingly, those members playing in the Midweek Pennant sides playing home on Tuesday 21 January (1st, 4th & 5th sides) will be playing at Glen St.

Dec 11

Post Pennant Christmas Breakup Function

Next Tuesday (17 December) and Saturday (21 December) will be our last games of pennant prior to the Christmas break. It is traditional that Christmas Breakups are held to celebrate the festive season.

Midweek Pennant

After the completion of games on Tuesday (17 December), members from all sides are invited back to the Swinburne Avenue Clubrooms for some nibbles and refreshments.

Saturday Pennant

At the completion of pennant games on Saturday (21 December), all members are invited back to the Swinburne Avenue Clubrooms for a Christmas Breakup including complimentary fingerfood and drinks at bar prices.  For catering purposes, it is requested that members wishing to attend put their names down on the lists located at the Swinburne  Avenue and Glen Street clubrooms, or advise Ian McKay via email by no later than COB Monday 16 December 2019.

If members have any dietary requirements please advise Reg Davis 0409 771 086 or regbd50@yahoo.com .

Dec 11

Swinburne Ave Greens Renovation

This year our Green Keepers will be renovating both greens at Swinburne Avenue starting on the Sunday 22nd December. They will be top dressing the greens as well as other maintenance activities.

As we will be top dressing, the green keepers are seeking willing members to come down the club on the morning of Sunday 22nd December to assist in moving the top soil around the greens. So if you can spare some time to assist it will be much appreciated. A BBQ breakfast/lunch will be provided for those who can come and assist. Timing will be provided

With the greens being close at Swinburne Avenue until Thursday 23rd January there are a few important things to note:

  • If you want to play your club games at Swinburne Avenue you will need to have these completed prior to Sunday 22nd December.
  • Glen Street (grass and synthetic) will be available during this period for all games
  • With Midweek starting back on Tuesday 21st January, games to be played at home will be played at Glen Street for this round. More details will follow from our Secretary.

We thank you for your understanding during this time, as the time we give the greens now will provide better greens into the future.

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