Churchill Bowls Club - Moving Forward

Bowls Victoria was conducting the 2023 Victorian Bowls Open across the wider Gippsland region last month, commencing Friday March 24, with Churchill Bowls Club nominated as a host club. The club was allocated two games during the championships, the Ladies Triples on Sunday March 26, and the Men’s Singles on Thursday.March 30.

Being selected by Bowls Victoria as a Victorian Open host club is a significant achievement in our brief history and shows the club is moving forward with our objective of providing a welcoming and inclusive bowls club for Churchill and District communities.

Chuchill Bowls Club - Midweek Pennant Team

The Strzlecki North Pennant Season has concluded with the Churchill Division 4 side just missing on playing finals by two points. This was a great effort, as it was our first season in Division 4 since being promoted from Division 5 last year. Our Division 6 side also had a good year finishing in the middle of the ladder.

Not to be outdone the club entered a composite team in the Strzelecki Midweek Division 4 Pennant competition this year, with outstanding results. The team consisting primarily of women, finished on top of the ladder and went on to win the Midweek Division 4 Pennant Flag. This was a significant accomplishment considering some of these ladies were in their first season of lawn bowls.

The club held its presentation night on March 10, with the club recognising and presenting our club champions with their awards.

Craig (Bluey) Flanigan receiving his Singles Championship Award
Craig (Bluey) Flanigan receiving his
Singles Championship Award

The Ladies Championship Singles winner for 2022/23 season was Cathleen Dodds who had a very good and consistent season. Runner up was Marion Newton a regular and reliable performer who always gives her best.

There was no Ladies’ Pairs championship this year.

The Men’s Singles Championship was won by Craig Flanigan a relative newcomer to the game of lawn bowls; however, he has grasped the fundamentals of the game very early on, and is already showing he will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

Runner up was Craig Roberts, who joined the club this year and has shown he is a skilled and experienced player with a lot of potential.

The Men’s Pairs winners - the Flanigans
The Men’s Pairs winners the Flanigans,
father Barry and son Craig

The Men’s Pairs winners was a family affair with the Flanigans, father Barry and son Craig, taking out the championship.

Another highlight of the evening was the Churchill Bowls Club presenting life memberships to Vern Hargreaves, Herb Kennedy, Marion Newton, and Kevin Turpin for their selfless service, hard work and dedication over many years of extensive involvement in making our club what it is today.

The club is looking for past/current players, for next season, anyone interested in being part of a welcoming inclusive and friendly club can call mobile 0444 539 922 for further details.

Life Members - Herb Kennedy, Marion Newton and Kevin Turpin
Herb Kennedy, Marion Newton and Kevin Turpin
receiving their life membership awards

Runners up were the experienced combination of Tony Colwell and Herb Kennedy who put up a great fight and fought the game out to the end.

The Churchill Bowls Club Conducts Indoor Bowls every Thursday night commencing at 7.15pm and concluding approximately 9.30pm. Cost is $5.00 per person with tea and coffee supplied, all welcome to attend a fun and interactive night.