Club says, ‘Come and give bowls a try!’

By Vanessa Wiltshire

ALMOST every bowler will tell you that they regret not taking up the game sooner. The game is that good. So says Heathcote Bowling Club president Brian Taylor as he prepares to lead his club into another pennant season in the Bendigo District Bowls Association.“The Heathcote Bowling Club is throwing open its doors to give district residents, who may have thought about taking up the sport, a chance to try it out in a very social, friendly and welcoming atmosphere,” he said.“Lawn bowls is a great game, great for creating friendships, fitness, concentration, skill, fun and competition.”In giving district residents an opportunity to experience lawn bowls, Mr Taylor said the health benefits of the game were significant.“We know from industry research that bowls is good for people of all ages and we encourage everyone, from the young to the very old, to give the game a try.” The Heathcote club runs regular 'barefoot bowls' nights, social bowls events and three pennant teams for both men and women on Mondays and Saturdays during the summer season.

Mr Taylor said the Heathcote club was highly respected in the region for its popular tournaments and social events, with bowlers regularly travelling from the Kyneton, Broadford, Rushworth and Bendigo areas to play on the club’s outstanding all-weather synthetic greens.“We are keen to welcome new, aspiring or even experienced bowlers to the club,” Mr Taylor said.“Anyone who is interested in trying out the game is welcome to phone the club on 5433 3584 between 11.30am and 1pm Wednesday and Saturday or Brian on 5433 3811 to arrange a one-on-one session with an experienced member at the club,” he said.The Heathcote Bowling Club will hold a special open day on the greens in Herriott St, Heathcote on a date to be arranged during September to give aspiring new bowlers a chance to try their hand.

- written by Barry Cail