On the Lawn at Souths Suburban Bowls Club
Did you know that lawn bowls is not only fun, it’s actually a great low-impact exercise? Develop better coordination and balance, while you chill out with mates by having a day on the green. A great way to improve your mental and physical health, all in one!
Interested in barefoot bowls or keen to throw your own bowls party? Get in touch with us today on 4957 3233.
Tuesday Mixed Bowls 1.15pm
Wednesday Men’s Bowls 1.15pm
Thursday Ladies Bowls 1.00pm
Friday Mixed Pairs 2.00pm
Saturday Mixed Pairs 1.15pm
Sunday Mixed Pairs 1.15pm
Warehouse Bowls Wednesday nights 7pm start
Club President: Allen Bennett
Club Treasurer: Alan Cooney
Club Secretary: Les Rogers
Suburban Bowls Club Celebrates 50 Years Club grew from humble start FROM humble beginnings, 50 years ago the Mackay Suburban Bowling Club has grown into one of the largest and most popular bowls clubs in the district. In 1941 it became apparent that the two existing bowls clubs in Mackay at that time (Mackay and City) were insufficient to provide playing room for the many men and women who wanted to play lawn bowls. With a view to providing an additional green, a small group of men comprising the late Mr Alex Hamilton, the late Mr Charlie Bagley and the late Mr Norman Bennett decided to form a new club to be known as the Mackay Suburban Bowling Club. On September 25, 1941, the Suburban Bowling Club was formed and a committee was elected and charged with establishing a playing green and a clubhouse. The foundation committee was: President N. Bennett; Vice-president C. McKinley; Secretary H. Scott; Committee men A.S Hamilton, A.R. Gesler, W. Guthrie, W. Retchless and C.R. Gill. The first trustees were Messrs C.F. Bagley, N. Bennett and A.S. Hamilton. The first land purchased by the club was the three corner allotments bounded by Wardrop and Adrian streets in West Mackay. The original clubhouse was a four-room cottage with a front and side veranda which was shifted to the site from a property owned by the late Mr Fred Lapsley. The green was constructed by the late Mr Bill Guthrie. The official opening was on August 8, 1942, when the club had a membership of 82 men. The women’s associate club was formed in September, 1942, with a substantial membership taxing the green’s capacity. So immediate consideration was given to building a second green. With the Mackay and City bowls clubs not having women associates, the Mackay Suburban Ladies Bowls Club later grew into one of the largest ladies clubs in Queensland. The construction of the second green at Suburban necessitated purchasing two more allotments facing Wardrop Street and one facing Adrian Street so the clubhouse could be shifted. Eventually the Suburban club purchased the four remaining allotments facing Adrian Street. The first allotments cost $200 each and the last cost about $1500. The second green was opened in June 1945 when the men’s club membership reached 141. The club progressed, and increased membership forced redevelopment and construction of a new clubhouse in 1974. The Mackay Suburban Bowling Club currently has about 320 members, led by madam president Mrs Del Strickland. Tournament marks 50th anniversary THE 50th anniversary of the Mackay Suburban Bowling Club will be celebrated this weekend when 112 players take part in one of the richest club tournaments in the district. More than $5000 in prize money will be up for grabs in the two-day event and more than 90 of the players will be members of the Suburban club. The 50th anniversary men’s fours event will require competitors to play two games on Saturday, starting at 12 noon, and three games on Sunday, starting at 9am. The best team over the five games will receive $400 a player. Second prize is $275 a player, third prize $120 a player and fourth prize $80. The teams which have the best scorecards on Saturday and Sunday will receive $40 a player and any team which can win five out of five games will be given $30 a player. Club president Mr Alan Murphy said players would be limited to one prize only and 48 of the 112 players would definitely win prizes during the weekend. Teams will be drawn out of a hat and the draw was expected to be held tomorrow at the clubhouse. Jubliee Dinner SAM Thorning is the only surviving Foundation Member of the Mackay Suburban Bowling Club and he will be a special guest of the club at a 50th anniversary dinner to be held at the clubhouse on Friday night. Sam, who lives in Evans Street, South Mackay, won the club singles championship in 1948, 1949, 1969, 1963 and 1966, and he represented Queensland. He is also a life member of the club; other life members are Dan Crowley, Jim Tame and Don Mackay. More than 150 men and women will attend the 50th anniversary dinner, where special guests will be the President of Bowls Australia, Mr Vic Renton, who has recently returned from the world championships in England. Mackay Mayor Ald Greg Williamson, Royal Queensland Bowls Association president Mr Alex Sinclair and Mackay District Bowls Association president Mr Len Blanchard will also be special guests. Master of ceremonies at the dinner will be club Vice-president Mr Ray Ellick. New club was fifth in Mackay district THE Mackay Suburban Bowling Club was fifth in the Mackay district when it was officially opened on August 8, 1942. Fifty years ago, all the Mackay clubs were affiliated with the Central Queensland District Bowls Association which included clubs from as far south as Gladstone and as far west as Winton. The Central Queensland district president was Mr Fred Harrup, of Rockhampton, who officially opened Mackay Suburban club by rolling a bowl of green at the corner of Wardrop and Adrian streets, West Mackay. The original clubhouse was a cottage shifted to the green site from a property owned by the late Fred Lapsley. The original area occupied by the club consisted of three allotments with a frontage of three chains to Wardrop Street and two chains and 12 feet to Field Street. When it was decided to build a second green, it was necessary to purchase two more adjoining allotments facing Wardrop Street and one more in the middle, facing Adrian Street, which the clubhouse was shifted on to. The original clubhouse had numerous extensions and alterations during its 30-year history. It has since been shifted to Seaforth and is current clubhouse of the Seaforth Bowls Club. The new clubhouse, covering 6000 square feet, was officially opened in August, 1974, by foundation member, life member and former club president Mr J. Waghorn.