Bowlers go undercover at Bribie Island

Published 9:00am 17 January 2024

Bowlers go undercover at Bribie Island
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Players who are on a roll at Bribie Island Bowls Club will no longer need to stop their game when bad weather arises thanks to the installation of two new undercover greens.

As part of a multi-million redevelopment, the club officially opened the 3,500sqm shaded playing surface on January 13, much to the delight of members who were excited to try the new facility for the first time.

Longtime member Lachlan Deakins won the right to roll the first ball, which he did using wooden bowls donated by Keith Vines. The bowls belonged to his father and were handcrafted in 1929, which was the same year the club opened.

Bribie Island Bowls Club general manager Kevin Bertwistle said the opening of the new undercover facility marked a significant milestone in the club’s commitment to providing an exceptional experience for members and visitors, with the playing surface now available rain or shine.

“While we do lose out on a lot of game time due to the rain, it’s the sun exposure that we are more concerned about, given that at the moment many of our games start in the middle of the day when UV is at its strongest,” Kevin said.

Equipped with advanced lighting systems, the covered greens will also provide extra flexibility and convenience for bowlers with busy daytime schedules to play in the evening.

“It’s not just a fabulous development for the club, but it will be fantastic for the local community as our bowls tournaments will become a major drawcard on the playing calendar,” Kevin said.

The club is keeping one green as a traditional ‘real grass’ playing surface, while the rest of the back area will become a carpark.

Above: Lachlan Deakins had the honour of rolling the first ball on the new undercover greens at Saturday's official opening ceremony. 

Investing in the club

The new greens are part of a $4 million redevelopment project, which the club is completing without any financial assistance from the government. 

Part of the construction also includes a bowls viewing section, combined with a new contemporary alfresco dining and bar area.

The outdoor kitchen and barbeque area is also undergoing renovation to provide greater capacity for bowls events and community fundraising activities.

“This investment reflects our dedication to providing a top-tier bowling experience for all, ensuring that our members can enjoy the sport they love in a comfortable and inclusive environment,” Kevin said.

Bowlers go undercover at Bribie Island
Above: More than 130 members of the club attended the milestone event. 

About the club

The Bribie Island Bowls Club was officially formed in 1929 by members of the Brisbane Windsor Bowls Club after their many trips to the Island.

It’s one of the largest bowls clubs in Queensland, featuring modern facilities, dining options and a bar overlooking the Pumicestone Passage.

Visit the website for more information. 

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