History of Western Suburbs Women’s Bowling Club
In late January 1972, 59 women attended the inaugural meeting of the Western Suburbs Women's Bowling Club. The club started playing on the newly opened greens in Church Street, Croydon in February that year. Mrs E Hughes became the Foundation President in June 1972. The club first won a metropolitan pennant in the 1985-1986 Grade 3 competition. It was a very proud day for the club when the Pennant was unfurled by the then State President, Mrs D Johnson on 22 July, 1986.
The club went from strength to strength and in the 1990s had 100 members, eight of whom were foundation members. The women continued to enjoy their bowls even while the general popularity of the game in the community waned a little, as it did for other traditional sports. Unfortunately, the club was disbanded in the mid-2000s.
Scroll forward to 2011. Mrs Jean Wisby was approached to reopen the Western Suburbs Women's Bowling Club. Jean held the inaugural meeting at her home. The foundation members were Jean Wisby (President), Judith Starr (Vice President), Frances Miechels (Secretary), Marina Deluchi (Treasurer), Maria Di Rosario (Social), Gorame Momo (Bowls Organiser), Beryl White, Susannah Miechels and Pat Butler. The club became an affiliated club of WBNSW and its first official bowling day was Tuesday 2 August 2011.
Each year since then, our active committee have organised a program of social bowls, gala days and club championships. We have entered sides in the City West District pennant competition, winning in both Grade 3 and Grade 4 in 2014.
We welcome new players and provide free coaching and a club shirt to get them started.
Most importantly of all, our members enjoy their bowls and each other's company. We bowl each Tuesday and Saturday morning starting at 9am. If you'd like to come and join us, please call the club on 8752 2100.