Mar 25

AGM Postponed

Dear Members,

The AGM was due to be held on Wednesday 6 May 2020 but due to the COVID-19 this meeting will be postponed until further notice.


Ian McKay, Secretary

Mar 23

MCC Bowls Section Closed Indefinitely

Dear Members,

Following the latest COVID-19 updates from the Prime Minister and the Victorian Premier it has been decided that the MCC Bowls club will be closed until further notice.

This means members cannot access the club premises and therefore there will be no club games, social bowls or card playing at our venues. Outstanding club games are postponed and the playing of these games will be addressed at a future date.  If any member needs to collect belongings please contact Ian McKay to arrange access to the premises.

Please stay safe and follow the COVID-19 self-isolation directives to do our bit to contain this virus outbreak.

On a lighter note, for those members who don’t know, the MCC Bowls Division 1 Side was successful on Saturday against Warburton (89 to 61) and will be promoted to Premier Division next season.

Mar 20

Club Policy – COVID19 Virus

As a duty of care to our members, the following rules will be in place immediately due to the COVID19:

  • Wednesday Midweek Bowls will cease.
  • Bankers on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday will cease.
  • Meeting of our Bridge Players will cease.
  • Club games that need to played to enable an event to finish will be allowed to be played. Spectators are strongly discouraged, but must adhere to the distance requirement of 1.5m between people.
  • Members Day and Two Bowl Singles will not commence.
  • Casual roll ups are not encouraged but allowed at this stage providing no more than 4 players to a rink and an empty rink between any rinks with players.

Any person who is feeling unwell please refrain from attending the club in any circumstance.

At this stage, Southern Indoor Bowls Club have postponed the start of Night Winter Pennant. In addition, we have had no advice regarding whether the Saturday Winter Pennant will proceed.

Please note, details regarding the Annual General Meeting and Presentation Night will be announced shortly.

Ian McKay, Secretary

Mar 19

2020 Biggest Morning Tea – UPDATE



Due to the current heath concerns with COVID-19, this year Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser event scheduled for Thursday 23rd April has been CANCELLED.

We obviously regret having to make this decision but, in the circumstances, there is no option.

HOwever for those who would like to to take the opportunity to make a donation, the Cancer Council has made it possible, by the way of a link  which has been established for our specific event.

Thank you,

Annie Kendall – BMT Coordinator

Mar 18

Update on Pennant Finals from Bowls Victoria

Bowls Victoria has just released information about the remaining Pennant Finals for both Midweek and Weekend Pennant. See link for updated details

Midweek Pennant

Finals will continue tomorrow as planned. Sectional Final for MCC 1 will play at Heathmont BC and MCC 2 will play at Rosanna BC. Following these matches all game will be postponed to try and play them at a later date.

No spectators are allowed at these venues and will be asked to leave upon arrival.

Weekend Pennant

The Division 1 Semi Final will go ahead for our top side against Warburton. As with the Midweek Sides this game will be spectator free and anyone not approved to be at the venue will be asked to leave. We ask that our members respect these rules that have been put in place by the Controlling Body Bowls Victoria. We will work out a way of providing score updates through our Facebook Page for the game.

Good luck to all our bowlers in finals.

Mar 13

Weekend Pennant Finals Still Going Ahead

Pennant Finals are still scheduled to be played this weekend.

Bowls Victoria has released advice for the game which include:
– Games are for Players, Managers and Coaches only, which means spectator free
– Refrain from normal hand shaking
– Refrain from picking up other players bowls

We will keep you informed if more information comes to hand.

Feb 25

2020 Footy Season Ebeling Room Function

The date for our first MCG Footy Function in the Ebeling Room has been set as Thursday 19th March (Round 1 – Carlton vs Richmond).
We’ll be doing the same format as previous years with a Cocktail Style Function with finger food before the game and at half time, plus a 4 hours drinks package.

Details of the game:

When: Thursday 19th March 2020 – game starts at 7.25pm – function to start approximately 6pm
Game: Carlton vs Richmond (Round 1) – First game of the season
Where: Ebeling Room – MCG

MCC Member Pricing
Alcohol = $70
Non Alcohol = $45

Non MCC Member Pricing – which includes a Visitors Ticket for Entry into the MCC Members Reserve
Alcohol = $100
Non Alcohol = $76
Kids = TBC

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Culum by Friday 6th March 2020 at

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, 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.


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