Home' Bowls NSW : February 2010 Contents 34 BOWLS NSW -- FEBRUARY 2010
Barefoot Bowls a
big hit for clubs
It's all the craze all over the
country! Different versions, different
concepts and different names...
It's Barefoot Bowls (or Business
House Bowls, or Corporate Bowls,
or Get On The Green Bowls, or
Bundy Bowls, or Night Owls).
Call it what you like, but it's a
happening thing and it's happen-
It's also proving to be a great
benefit to clubs.
There are companies out there
who actually contract their serv-
ices out to arrange these types
Clubs are benefitting from
increased turnover and patronage
to their respective venues. And you
know what else? It's a popular,
fun, unique, trendy activity which
is benefitting the community.
Of course, as statistics will dem-
onstrate, the bowling population
has stagnated in general, some-
what, and while numbers officially
have decreased, particularly in the
last decade or so, I am confident
in saying if we knew how many
participants were actually taking
part in our game in an unofficial
capacity, we would no doubt
find that our numbers haven't
decreased; in fact, the amount
of people participating in bowls
activities these days have increased.
In relation to Barefoot Bowls,
I'm sure most of you know of it,
have heard about it, or witnessed
it somewhere along the lines. The
question is, where and when did
it really kick off?
Although I have no real proof
officially of the very first time or
place, I can tell you of the follow-
ing example and how it benefitted
one particular club.
About 10 years ago, the green-
keeper (Kevin McNamara) at The
Camperdown BC in Sydney insti-
gated Barefoot Bowls in a big way.
They advertised it, had music
playing, fired up the barbecue and
initially charged $5 per head. It was
a big hit every Sunday afternoon at
ly still is,
the price has
$10, which is
still a bargain.
As it was considered by some
to be a fairly drastic measure at
getting folks on the green, many
members were in opposition and
frowned upon the idea.
Anyway, it went ahead in leaps
and bounds and literally stopped
the club from having to close its
doors all those years ago.
Of course, it also helped in
increasing membership and gave
many people the fun opportunity
to try bowls when they probably
wouldn't have bothered under the
Of course, the club benefitted,
and I am led to believe that in
2005, the club actually increased
their revenue by approximately
$50,000 in green fees. Not bad,
Well, as they say, the proof is
in the pudding, and these days
it's a great social occasion and
certainly an important attraction
to so many clubs nationally.
Well done, Kevin, and to all
of you out there who put in
the dedicated effort to run such
Club of the Month
On to other news, and this
month my "Club of the Month"
features none other than the East
Situated about 40 minutes South
West of Ballina in the NSW North
Coast Region, Lismore itself is a
striving community and is certainly
a very popular area for lawn bowls.
The East Lismore club itself
features three magnificent (and
I mean magnificent) tift greens.
Set in a park with plenty of
open spaces, the well manicured
surrounds always look a treat.
The main tournaments at the
club are towards the end of
each January (this year it was
the 23rd) feature men's triples,
followed closely by the Australia
Day men's pairs.
The inside of the club features
20 pokies, keno and a bistro, which
opens Thursday, Friday and Sunday
nights, as well as for special events
With the open style of the club
and the picturesque outlook, it's
an ideal venue for hiring for that
special celebration or function.
If you are one of those lucky
ones who clean up in raffles, don't
miss the monster raffles on Friday
and Sunday evenings. I guarantee
the beer is icy cold, too.
With approximately 200 bowl-
ing members and a proud bowl-
ing history, East Lismore enjoyed
great success in pennants in 2009
with their No.3 men taking out
the Zone title, and the No.7 men
being runners-up in the State. Well
done to all involved!
So, if you're in the neighbour-
hood, be sure to call in and say
G'day. I know you will be made
to feel right at home.
Watch out though for club stal-
wart and character Owen Tanks.
He enjoys a chat, a practical joke,
and loves to stir everybody up.
The club is situated on Neilson
Street, East Lismore, or call them
and put your name down for a
game on 6621 5098.
On another note, I was delighted
to attend the Bowls Bet NSW
Premier League finals series con-
ducted at Raymond Terrace just
prior to Christmas.
To the newly crowned cham-
pions, Engadine, congratulations
on your outstanding performance
in taking out your first Premier
Beating the defending champi-
ons, Minor Premiers and highly
fancied Taren Point in an exciting
and tremendous tussle in the final
must have put icing on the cake,
and made the effort all the more
Awards were presented at the
Grand Final Brunch, with Taren
Point's Wayne Turley being crowned
top skipper for the year. Well
Special mention must also be
made of Gary Willis, who in an
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