News & What’s On

Greens Upgrade Project                            17/4/2017

Hello Members,
An update regarding current progress with the upgrade of C & D greens to a synthetic  surface and to cover both with an innovative dome shaped roof.

Council Meeting 28th February 2017
The President and Upgrade Team were in the Chamber at CTTGully to hear Councillors vote again, unanimously, for the project to go ahead and to consider a contribution of $500,000 towards the project.

Committee Presentation

The Upgrade Team met with the full Committee of MBC to provide update information on the progress of the project. We provided the latest on our funding situation and gave the Committee our preferred contractors to build the “Thunder Dome.”
The Committee approved our recommendations of MakMax for the roof and Sports Build for the greens. These are the same contractors who are currently completing a single roof project to cover 10 rinks at the Salisbury Bowling Club. Can I recommend Members take a drive to Salisbury and have a close look to get an understanding of what will happen here at Modbury BC.
Please note, no contracts have been written yet, and cannot be, until we have our finances in place.  The Upgrade Team are still working on final quotes from all contractors before we finalise our decisions which will be dictated by our financial position.

You will be aware of the unfortunate negative publicity in the local Messenger Newspaper including the headline “Cost Jacked Up” referring to the indicative quotes we offered the CTTGully Councillors a year ago. It is true, all contractors’ quotes are higher now, and that was to be expected.
The Geo Tech Survey soil test gave a very negative report regarding the reactive soils under our greens. To this end we are currently waiting for a second set of soil test results, to give us and the contractors a more defined report of the soils 2-3 metres below C and D greens.
I am sure all members will agree that we must produce the best base and surface we can. And we will!
Our budget for the project has grown to more than $2million, due mainly to the shock Geo Tech soil test results. Every effort will be made to reduce costs.
Trevor Reade has met with the following who have provided support letters for the Modbury BC application to the Office of Sport and Recreation Facilities Grant 2016-17.

Tom Kenyon, MP Newland Electorate
Frances Bedford, MP Florey Electorate
Kevin Knight, Mayor CTTGully Council
Felicity Birch, Project Manager CTTGully Council
Mark Easton, CEO Bowls SA
Our application for funding was delivered to the ORS on Monday April 10th, 2017.  We expect to hear a result by May 31st, 2017. I would like to thank all of the above supporters and also Taylor and Erin from the Development area at Bowls SA for their assistance.
In all of our conversations to date with Members and other interested parties, we have made the point that nothing will happen without a successful fund-raising program. We are approx. 70% covered and can only proceed if our current application is successful.
Please understand there is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge!
Importantly without financial surety we cannot contract with preferred contractors. For example the roof design and engineering will take 8-10 weeks and at least 6 weeks for the greens design and the CTTGully Council will have to provide Development Approval, but only when we are successful with our fundraising.
If we were to “crystal ball” some time frames, and we were able to start, with finances in place, with the greens preparation on July1st, we probably will not be able to play on the greens until December 1st, 2017. Be assured our current preferred contractors are aware we would like a quick turnaround.

Can I ask all Modbury Bowling Club Members to please attend the Club’s Annual General Meeting on Friday May 26th when we should have some important developments to bring to the attention of Members.

 Trevor Reade
Modbury BC Upgrade Committee (John Cooper, Peter Tiss, Roy Howcroft, Basil Bennell)

NOTE: new photos have been added to “Synthetic Greens” page.


It is that time again for the club AGM. This is an exciting time for the club with the prospect of the new undercover Greens and much much more. All member must attend.

We are looking for members to be nominated for the following positions and take the club to the next level. All positions are open.

  • President
  • Vice President – Ladies’ Co-ordinator
  • Vice President – Men’s Co-ordinator
  • Secretary
  • Assistant Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • Bar Manager
  • House Manager
  • Greens Manager
  • 2 (two) Committee Persons

All Nominations for positions on the Committee are to be put in the Nomination box using the correct form by 5pm Friday 19th May – (Nomination Forms and the Box are located on the table next to the front door / Noticeboards)

Any motions must be proposed and seconded and handed to the Secretary by 5pm Friday 28th April to be included in the Agenda for the AGM.

Social Bowls Friday 7th April 2017
Once again the weather was pleasant though there was the occasional gust of wind which played havoc with some bowls.  As much as the organizers tried to get an additional player to even up the teams, they were unsuccessful and so one team were a player short.  It was good to see there was a team of ladies among the field of 71 players.
For the second Friday in succession the contest for 2 game winners ended up in a tie with both teams on 55 points, but with a 10 point difference.  First prize went to John Eldridge, Michael McCallion and Steve Leister on 25 shots up and the runners up were Peter Porter, Peter Goodchild and Graham Fishlock with 15 shots up.
The usual thanks go to Tim and Greg for the time they put in for preparing the greens, Trevor and Ally for providing bar service, Les for running the raffle, David and Sylvia for setting up and tidying up the kitchen.
Keep Bowling,
George Swandale, Graham Fishlock and Ian McPhillips

The Bowls Show to return to SBS for season two in 2017                  6/4/2017

Bowls will continue to be broadcast on free-to-air television in 2017.
The sport of bowls will remain on free-to-air television in 2017, following the announcement that Bowls Australia and SBS have renewed their partnership with the extension of The Bowls Show for a second season.
The Bowls Show’s second season will return to SBS on Sunday, May 14, in the new time-slot of 3.00pm nationwide.
The hour-long weekly program will again be shown across 20 weeks, up until October 22, due to a four-week hiatus from July 2-23 for SBS’s broadcast of the Tour de France. Viewers will be treated to content from this year’s World Junior Championships, Australia v England Test Series, Australian Open and Australian Indoor Championships, as well as segments on coaching, development, high performance, club and social bowls and club profiles, in addition to feature interviews with stars of the sport.

Good Friday Triples
On Good Friday we are having a social game of triples for those of you interested in having some fun.  We will be have a BBQ lunch and Nibbles after the game.
Lunch will start at 11:30 with the game starting at 12:30.  The Bar will be open for refreshments.
Cost $10 per head.
Normal Friday Triples rules apply .  Great prize money for grabs.
Register your interest on the notice board at the club.

Grand Finals – Update

Our Premier team performed amazingly in the Grand Final On Saturday against West Lakes to take the game to the last end. The lead changed several times over the course of the match, however the result did not go their way, losing by only a few shots.

Our Division two team had a fabulous win to take out the pennant and be promoted to Div 1.

Well done guys you made us very proud to be a Modbury members and supporters.


 Oct.13                        44                       Jim Youngson
Oct.27                        97                       Nola Watson
Nov.10                       25                       Grahame Mansfield
Nov.24                       55                       Kerry Gray
Dec.8                          54                       Eunice Dunn
Jan.12                        38                       Sandra Bleeze
Feb.2                          57                       Rhys Taylor
Feb.16                        69                       Simon Dorr
Mar.9                         67                       Ian Brown

Final draws held Saturday 25/3/2017

$50                             12                       Michael McCallion
$50                             25                       Grahame Mansfield
$50                             90                       Lydia Thorpe
$100                           22                       Jennifer Scott
$150                           85                       Norma Smith
$300                           4                        Barry Trowbridge

Thursday Night Owls – 16th Mar

The 2016-17 Thursday night owl season was finalised on the 16th of March 2017. Congratulations to the winners ‘Shut up 

Gary’ for taking out the top spot and also to the runners up ‘Norfolk Inn Chance’. The night could have been won by a couple of teams had the results of some of the other games turned out differently. Congratulations also to Joyce Boehnisch from Strolling Bones for taking out the best female player for the season along with Steve Fishlock from Last Drinks for the best male player.

Neil Martin, the organiser for Thursday nights, thanked John Cooper for his assistance during the season and to David Incher for his untiring work behind the scenes assisting to make the nights run smoothly. Also a thank you must go to the bar staff, Alison and Trevor Morrison, for their assistance during the year and to anybody else who helped out behind the scenes.

A thank you also to all teams that participated during the season and we hope that you all had an enjoyable time. It was an excellent 2016/17 season and look forward to seeing you all again next season.

CPR and Defib Training

For those of you that have expressed interest in our CPR and DeFib training course you will need to obtain a USI (Unique Student Identifier) before you can attend this training. If you do not already have a USI, please go to and register for one today.

Wednesday Night Owls – 15th March

Last night we finished our 2016 / 17 Wednesday night owls competition. Congratulations to Paramount Dealers for taking out the top honours and Spank the Monkey as runners up. It all came down to last night’s game.

Congratulations to Gary Lang and Nola Watson for taking home theBest Player awards. NFI was awarded the Encouragement award.

Roy Howcroft made a cameo appearance which was very well received and talked about his latest fund raising endearvours for Prostate Cancer Research. Over the season the night owler’s raised over $100 for this cause through wrong bias walk of shame and donations. During the month of November the Night Owler’s also raised money for Gary Lang’s Movember campaign.

Jose Gil the organiser thanked Barry Trowbridge for his assistance during the season and David Incher for his help in making the nights run smoothly behind the scenes. He also thanked the Bar Staff (Alison Morrison and Trevor Morrison) for they assistance during the year.

Thank you to all the teams that participated this season and we look forward to seeing you next season.

On Thursday the 23rd of March the top four teams from Wednesday Night will be playing against the top four teams from Thursday night. For those teams attending supper will be provided.

High Achievers                       7/3/2017
Many people regard climbing Mt Everest as the pinnacle of achievement.  In Lawn bowls fours pennant play, achieving 8 shots in one end is similarly regarded.
The 2016 – 2017 season has seen two  Modbury pennant rinks achieve this feat.
In Division 3 North , playing against Port Adelaide  in December 2016, the rink of Ray Cook(Second), Peter Tiss(Third),  Merv Edwards(Skip) and Graham Deguet (Lead) achieved an “8 badge.”

Even more surprising, in Saturday Pennants Division 2, was the “8 Badge’ won by the rink of  Rhys Taylor(Skip), Kelvin Salmon(Lead), John Cooper(Second)) and Barrie Wilton (Third).
Congratulations to all Players.

Job description for the Men’s Coordinator’s position in 2017-18 season is available on board for those interested in applying.

Chairperson’s and Selectors for 2017-18 both Sat and Wed positions are available Please check notice board for your Nominations.

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                 SUPPORT YOUR CLUB  

Tickets for this lottery are now available for purchase online, and our club can pocket 100% of every ticket purchased online before March 31st through our own lottery page. Just click on the Link    and make your purchase.
To be eligible for the early Bird Prize (Toyota Yaris) tickets must be purchased online before 31st March 2017. Final draw for major prizes is 4th October 2017.
Since 1984, the Community Lottery has returned over $16 million to more than 1,500 not-for-profit groups.
The Lottery is a self-help scheme for not-for-profit sporting clubs, schools and pre-schools, community groups and charitable organisations.


 Green’s Upgrade                     17/12/2016

Go to Synthetic Greens page to  see an artist’s impression of “C” and “D” Greens with roof.




PINTS $5.00


ALL OTHER DRINKS  – Normal Prices


Adelaide’s Wild Weather                           12/6/2016
The picture below shows the results of the hailstorm at about 9.45am on Tuesday 12th July. Our already saturated greens appeared to have had a severe dusting of snow. For those interested in Trivia, my rainfall stats at Walkley Heights indicate that we had just 10 rain free days in June, and just 5 in the first 13 days of July.
B Green 0950 12July16

 Calendar of Events 2016 – 2017
Monday 3rd Apr. 2017                         Ladies Triples Day

Viewing Photos                                          17/12/2015

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