90 years of the Willunga Bowling Club

Happily bowling: Committee member Judy Brooksby, current president Jill Elbourne and past president David Petchell are all exctied to celebrate the clubs 90th anniversary.
Happily bowling: Committee member Judy Brooksby, current president Jill Elbourne and past president David Petchell are all exctied to celebrate the clubs 90th anniversary.

This September the Willunga Bowling Club will celebrate 90 years since it was founded back on September 15, 1928, marking the induction of a club which has become an important part of the Willunga Community. 

The Willunga Bowling Club has gone through several changes since it was first built at a the seemingly trivial price of £3500, the new building was then constructed in 1960 for £3,754 pounds and in 1970 received a $4,947 upgrade; alongside this the greens have been constantly upgraded and the club now has 14 rinks which have enabled the club to put on more competitions.

Another huge moment for the club was the inclusion of women into the competition in 1951.

The club now has numerous competing female members, one of those members is Anne Merritt, who is the current Great Southern Bowling Associations Champion of Champions. 

Past president David Petchell said that the club has been an important part of the Willunga community, its strength comes from it being such a friendly club and community focused.

“Despite being a small club it has also done very well at many competitions,” he said.

As the club approaches its 90th birthday, it hopes to attract new members, particularly to its nightowl competition which is held on Wednesday nights, current president Jill Elbourne said it is perfect for young people and those who have work during the day.

“This year the focus is on bowls and fun, it is a great way to meet other people and meals are available so people can come straight from work, have a meal and then play,” she said.

The Willunga Bowling Club will officially celebrate its 90th anniversary on Sunday, September 23, the closest Sunday to exactly 90 years.

All are welcome to attend the celebration which will also feature an afternoon tea.