Jun 05

Update on the Return to Play – Access Approved – Plan Below

Update 5th June 2020

Approval has been granted for us to now open our greens, please see below full details on the procedure and requirements for practice.

The Committee has decided that we will only open one venue at this stage due to the MCC and Council requirement to have a person monitoring the 20 people rule on a green. Accordingly, Swinburne Avenue will be open on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Our Bowls Director Ian Smith has volunteered to attend during these times to supervise the adherence to the guidelines below.  While this still doesn’t give all members the flexibility to have a roll when you want, it is still great to be back on the greens and I am hopeful things will progressively open up in the near future.

Unfortunately, the fences around Glen Street are currently being replaced and these greens will not be available until the week commencing 15 June 2020. The Committee will make a decision before the week commencing 15 June as to which venue we open from that week on.

Please note that the club is adhering to the guidelines below and any breach of guidelines may be subject to:

  • individual being fined ($1,652) and the club being fined ($9,913)
  • individual breaches may be subject to club disciplinary action if warranted.
  • Club may be closed again by MCC and/or Council.

As per the BV Restrictions Guidelines for Clubs:

  • Maximum of 20 people permitted per green (maintaining a maximum of 4 people per rink).
  • 1.5m social distancing still required at all times.
  • Spectators not permitted at the club unless required driver.
  • Members must sign attendance book on arrival and departure, including contact details.
  • Clubrooms open for access to toilets only.
  • Bar facilities closed at this stage.
  • Club social bowls is permitted but no club competitions can be played at this time.

The club will have the following general hygiene practices in place:

  • Wash hands before and after play, hand sanitizer will be readily available.
  • Refrain from shaking hands and ‘high-fiving’ others.
  • Mats to be handled by only one person per rink.
  • Jacks to be positioned by foot only.
  • Refrain from handling other people’s bowls.
  • All mats & jacks will be thoroughly cleaned before opening. Members to return of mats & jacks to tubs/buckets supplied after use.
  • Do not attend the club if you are feeling unwell.

To manage numbers on the greens, and so members can check the availability of spaces, we have an online booking system to book a time on a green. Please put your cursor on the following highlighted link then hold control key and click to book your green time to practice: https://www.trybooking.com/BJVWI .  Instructions are attached explaining how to book and cancel. Please note that bookings will close at 9:00 am each day the greens are open.  After that time, please check with Ian Smith (0425 759 544) regarding late availability. Rink allocation for members will be undertaken by Ian Smith upon arrival.

Booking slots will be:

                10:00 am to 11:45 am

                12:00 pm to 1:45 pm

                2:00 pm to 3:45 pm

This allows time for members to leave before the next bookings are taken up by the next lot of members.

If you are having trouble or unable to book a time on the online then please contact either our Bowls Director Ian Smith (0425 759 544) or myself to book a time on your behalf.

May 12

COVID-19 Update (12th May 2020)

Dear Members,

Further to the announcement from our Premier yesterday that sporting facilities can open from midnight tonight as per the Stage 1 guidelines, the club is awaiting approval from the MCC and the Boroondara Council to be able to open as per the guidelines. Accordingly, our club facilities will remain closed until these approvals are given.

Once I have approvals to open our club facilities I will inform all members and provide details regarding numbers and distancing requirements.

In the meantime keep well and safe.


Ian McKay

Apr 15

Update from the Committee

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all are well and keeping safe.

Even though we are unable to bowl at the moment, the Committee is still planning for when restrictions are eased, and finally lifted. As mentioned previously, the AGM will be later than in previous years. If required, we will apply to Consumer Affairs Victoria for an extension to the time limit in which it must be held. This being the case, the current Committee will continue until the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted sufficiently to hold the AGM.

Again, in planning for future lifting of restrictions, if possible, we will aim to get all unfinished Season 2019/20 club games completed before Opening Day for Season 2020/21 (which is tentatively set for Saturday 5 September 2020). Of course this will only be possible if restrictions are lifted.

I will be in touch with everybody again as things evolve in the Covid-19 world we live in.


Ian McKay – Secretary
MCC Bowls Section

Apr 14

Umpires, Measurers & Markers Re-accreditation

Bowls Victoria has advised that any official requiring re-accreditation during 2020 will have their current accreditation extended for a further twelve months due to Covid-19.

Apr 09

A Message from our Chairman

Fellow Bowlers

I hope and trust that you are all well and staying safe! At this time of the year we are generally finalising club events, preparing for the AGM and Presentation Night, having a roll on our greens and generally enjoying each other’s company. As you are obviously aware, the AGM and Presentation night have been postponed to a later date. There’s an old Greek saying , in fact it’s an Ancient Athenian phrase, that the great orator and aristocrat Pericles often used whilst addressing his peers, roughly translated is “we live in changing times”.

In the last week we were informed that John Burrows has passed away. John was an absolute gentleman, an excellent bowler and a great clubman. I got to know John over many years whilst playing with him at Glen Street in the winter months. I always enjoyed his company and it is very sad that as a Section  we were not able to attend his funeral to show him and his family the respect  we had for him.

Whilst writing this communique I have also been informed that Graeme Connelly had lost his long battle with cancer who was another massive contributor to our section. His hard work and commitment to mid-week bowls will be greatly missed.  Again, it is so sad that we won’t be able to show our respect for such a fine man.

On a brighter note, our Division 1 side won our section, then played off in a semi-final and won promotion to the Premier Division for next season. It was a very strange feeling  playing all our finals without spectators. After our win against Warburton BC we came back to celebrate at the club. Although we couldn’t enjoy the occasion with you, we certainly made the most it. Thank you to Michael Wilson’s wife Amanda, for driving me home, the rest of the team very sensibly took Ubers home, except for Peter Marget who caught an ambulance to the Box Hill Hospital and spent a night in emergency. He is okay now but I suspect his ego isn’t.

I would encourage you all to make a few phone calls or send an email to your fellow bowlers. I have received several calls from members just wanting a chat. We will get through this together but in the meantime let’s still communicate with each other. Stay safe and stay connected.

Best wishes to you all.

Manny Galanos

Chair – MCC Bowls Section

Apr 06

Vale Graeme Connelly

Dear Members,

It is with great sadness that I advise that Graeme Connelly passed away yesterday after his battle with cancer.

Condolences to his wife Penny and family.


Ian McKay, Secretary

Apr 01

Back up to Premier Division Next Season

Amid all the changes to our lives recently, our top side played off in the Division Semi Final against Warburton at Mooroolbark on Saturday 21st March.

The game was played in great spirit with our MCC team coming away with the win and promotion through to Premier Division for Season 2020/21.

Scores from the game:

Gallagher 22 – 17 Van Der Zweep
Green 19 – 15 B Woods
Jansen 23 – 12 Brookes
Wilson 25 – 17 P Woods


Mar 26

Vale John Burrows

Dear Members

I write to inform you that our fellow member, John Burrows died last night in Hospital. He would have been 90 years of age in June. John has been a member of the MCC Bowls Section since August 2001 and was an enthusiastic and valued member. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He was a gentleman and great fellow.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions on attendances at Funerals, members of the Club will not be able to attend his funeral. Rev Jim Donaldson a member of our club and will be the officiating Minister at his service, will pass on our condolences and wishes to his family.


Ian McKay, Secretary

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