The Vasse Community Bowls Club is situated on the heritage rail reserve. It’s nestled in amongst the Vasse Old General Store, Timothy Vasse and Wardandi Track. The club was originally started by local Vasse resident Neil McDonald over 20 years ago.
History of Vasse Community Bowls Club
Ian MacDonald, brother to Neil, reflects back on the club’s humble beginnings. “You wouldn’t believe this, but at first we were bowling in the carpark out the front of the old General Store with a tilly light at one end so that we could see the kitty. And then it progressed from there to the original bowling club. Neil put a lot of time and effort into it. We got grass donated to us from a tennis court and had about 28 men work on it voluntarily to bring it up to scratch”.
When the Vasse redevelopment came in place, the City of Busselton and Vasse Development Partners contributed towards the infrastructure associated with their relocation to the current position. Neil and Gloria McDonald support the club by providing a storage area and a barbeque area for the members. Neil is a life member of the club.
Bowls Club Community Spirit
The club has a close-knit community that work together to achieve fundraising goals. So far, the club have raised and invested $17,000 for the current bowling green. Fundraising has contributed towards the new grass, lighting & electrical, fencing, seating and the gates. The club members are also active volunteers, contributing labour to larger renovations, as well as mowing, rolling and fertilizing the green each week.
Behind the motivation to do this is a lot of laughs and camaraderie that keeps the Vasse bowling club tradition alive.
“When you get to our age you start talking about your problems” laughs President of the VCB, Eddie Trew. “It’s good to be able to share with a bunch of blokes things that are going wrong in your life, things that are going right. We have an absolute ball.”
Even if you don’t know anything about bowls, the Vasse Community Bowling Club are a welcoming bunch and will soon show you the ins and outs. The club focuses on enjoying the social element of the bowls, with a touch of community spirited competition.
Social competitions run for about 6 weeks and prizes are sponsored by local Vasse establishments, such as the Magpie Café and Leeuwin Fish & Chips.
Where & When
The club play from November through to May, although “we have been known to be bowling out there when it’s raining” says President Eddie Trew.
Wednesday nights at 6.30pm: Men’s bowls teams, open to members only. These teams compete in social competitions and occasionally against other club teams such as Cowaramup and Novacare.
Friday nights at 6.30pm: Mixed social for both men and women. This is a great night to dip your toe in and test the waters. You don’t need a membership to play and each player goes home with a prize and a lot of laughs.
Wednesday night cost is $10 – $5 for the green fee and $5 for the barbeque (must be a member). Friday costs $10 for the night and prizes are awarded for first, second, third and last. There is also a handicap system in place to try and share prizes.
Vasse Community Bowls Club now has 28 members. Membership is $60 for ongoing members. New members are $100.
Contact Eddie Trew if you require more details on 0418 911 712.
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