Our club has 400 active members playing bowls or croquet. We have three full size bowling greens and one croquet green. Play is available most days. The club holds regular social functions for members, including restaurant night's and social bridge games. Visitors and new players are always welcome.
The commencement of Warrawee Bowling club is recognised as 1 April 1907, when the newly prepared sporting facilities were opened for play. Bowls, cricket and tennis were available for families of people living in the area.
Cricket lasted until World War I and tennis until just after World War II. Thus for many years, only bowls was played and in those days just for the men. As with most clubs there was a surge in membership in the 1960s and the club enjoyed busy times with additional facilities being made available. A number of ladies became interested in playing bowls and the Warrawee Women’s Bowling Club was formed in the 1970s. Croquet had been played by the ladies many years ago but in the 1980s Warrawee Croquet club was established. Today, Warrawee Bowling Club offers members and visitors the opportunity to play mens, womens and mixed bowls and croquet.
While Warrawee have had successful men’s teams in the past, it has been our women bowlers who have been successful in recent years winning a pennant four years running. Croquet was also successful in 2006 winning the Northside Plaque. In recent years Warrawee has won both the Cyril South competition and the John Waterman competition.
Much effort is put in by our willing coaches in all three sections both to teach new bowlers and croquet players and to improve the standard of current members. A number of our members are qualified umpires, giving freely of their time to adjudicate if called on for competitions and together with the coaches to ensure members understand rules.
The club has always had an active social programme, from billy tea and open fire picnics when the ground was first cleared over 100 years ago to formal and informal dinners through the years. These social events supplement the good fellowship and enjoyment available to members on playing days, whatever their sporting standard may be.
The club is now over 100 years old. It has changed constantly over that 100 years, adapting to changing member and community attitudes. Today we have a vibrant club, conscious of its community responsibilities. Two quite different examples epitimise this community spirit - each Wednesday morning the club runs therapy bowls for the disabled and together with our green keeper we have installed a number of large rainwater tanks allowing us to be largely water self sufficient for the maintenance of our greens.
The club also has initiatives in place to encourage younger bowlers, with an arrangement with a local high school, for bowls to be a school sport and a local primary school is also a regular user of the greens.
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