It has been brought to my attention that some bowlers are not wearing face masks whilst bowling.

I have copied the latest advice from Bowls Vic regarding use of face masks:

UPDATE: Tuesday 22nd September, 2020.

Face coverings: in most cases, must still be worn when playing bowls. The DHHS directive provides for face coverings to be removed during strenuous exercise, therefore Bowls Victoria recommends that a player may remove a face covering when puffing or breathing heavily, however it must be replaced once a player has caught their breath.  If the mask is removed, it should be kept on the person.

This advice from Bowls Vic is quite specific and Bowls in general is not a sport where participants are huffing and puffing continuously.

Clubs are requested to ensure that this direction is being followed.

Michael Holroyd


WGBD 29/9/20


Questions are being asked as to when Pennant is starting and why are some Country Regions looking at starting in mid October when West Gippsland is not appearing to be making any progress.

Most Country Regions do not have Clubs within the Melbourne lockdown zone.  We have Garfield situated within this zone.

There may be some players at other Clubs who live in lock down areas.

Travel is a problem with people in Country regions restricted to carrying people from their household or personal “bubble” within their cars.  

Bowls Vic has given all regions and divisions until Easter to complete their Pennant and this may change if Melbourne has difficulties finishing prior to Easter.  

In recent years we have received numerous comments that Pennant starts and finishes too early.  This is the only time we have had the ability to continue pennant play throughout March.

We are conscious that many Clubs need to do a lot of work in

– getting their players financial.  Nobody should be playing Bowls if they are unfinancial and many older bowlers are concerned for their long term health with their doctors advising them to stay away from other people and Clubs etc.

– ensuring they meet Covid 19 requirements with keeping a record of player attendance, cleaning jacks and mats together with maintaining social distancing requirements during play and whilst players are waiting to play or during any free time they may have.

– Clubhouse use is restricted and needs to be strictly observed with players being seated and observing social distancing.

We are hopeful things improve quickly.

Clubs need to be vigilant, a covid 19 case within a Club could result in the Club needing to close for a period and members and visitors at the Club at that time facing  mass quarantines for 14 days.  Clubs would also be faced with massive bills for a covid safe cleaning operation to occur.  You only need 1 positive case for great difficulties to occur

I reiterate record keeping of Club attendances is essential as is the cleaning and sanitising of equipment such as jacks, mats and umpires equipment.

WGBD Clubs should be holding as many Club competitions as possible early in the season.  

Use the next month to get as many Club championship games as possible completed.

We hope to be able to give Clubs at least 4 weeks notice of proposed starting dates for Pennant.  The main worries at present are the Garfield lockdown together with the restrictions on personal travel to pennant.

We hope to have more information available in the week commencing Mon 5th October..

Michael Holroyd.


WGBD 23/9/20

From the Regional Bowls Manager

4 August 2020

Hi All

Please see below restrictions as advised by BV in relation to clubhouse and greens. This effects ALL clubs, so please read the relevant heading for yours.
As always, I’d rather field 200 calls and offer support to ensure you get this right, than you guess and fall foul of the restrictions. Please call me if advice is needed
Also, keep your eyes peeled and will send an update in relation to grants and funding opportunities around in the next 24-48 hours
Please stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all at your clubs once we pass this horrible time

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Club houses to remain closed. Greens now closed. No roll ups or social bowls for the next 6 weeks.
The new directions commenced at 6.00pm on Sunday 2nd August, and will continue for six weeks to 11:59pm on Sunday 13th September.
Excerpt from State Government Summary of Restrictions – Move to Stage 4:
The area moving to Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions is comprised of the 31 metropolitan Melbourne local government areas (LGAs): Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Bayside, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Boroondara, Knox, Nillumbik, Brimbank, Manningham, Port Phillip, Cardinia, Maribyrnong, Stonnington, Casey, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Darebin, Melbourne, Whittlesea, Frankston, Melton, Wyndham, Glen Eira, Monash, Yarra, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley, Yarra Ranges, Hobsons Bay.
The restrictions that apply to the area where you live follow you if you leave that area, unless the area you are entering has tighter restrictions in which case you must observe those.
Recreation: activities such as fishing, golf, boating, tennis, surfing and drive range shooting are not allowed.
Outdoor sporting facilities: closed.

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Excerpt from State Government Summary of Restrictions – Move to Stage 3:
Outdoor sport: only allowed to exercise, or activities such as fishing, golf, boating, tennis, surfing with one other person or household members, provided 1.5 metre distance can be maintained.
Outdoor sporting facilities: closed, except for facilities where public gathering and physical distancing limits can be adhered to and there is no use of shared equipment or communal facilities (e.g. tennis courts, golf courses).
Under Stage 3 restrictions all club competitions must cease, however rolls up can continue if the above, and previously advised Stage 3 restrictions (2 per rink, 10 per green, 1.5m distancing), are strictly adhered to. Clubs must have Council approval to be open (if on Council land) and a Return to Play document that addresses all Stage 3 restrictions.
Previously advised Stage 3 guidelines can be found on BV website, and a further update will be published this week.
We know that this news is hard to take, but it is for the best interests of everyone in our community that we all play our part, so that we can soon get back to some sort of normal.

Jimmy Whitehead  |  Regional Bowls Manager (Eastern Melbourne/Victoria)
Bowls Australia Ltd.  |  PO Box 52  |  Northcote Vic 3070
m: 0427 956 669 |  f: +61 3 9495 0194
e: jwhitehead@bowls.com.au  |  w: www.bowls.com.au

From WGBD Fri.  31st JULY 2020

Life is quite difficult for Bowling Clubs with the present covid 19 situation.

The WGBD will not be attempting to set dates for Pennant etc until there is more certainty in the availability of Clubs for Pennant.

At the present time Clubs in Baw Baw and Latrobe are allowed 32 players on a single green and 20 people in each Clubhouse space providing social distancing rules allow this number inside.

Clubs in Cardinia Shire are in lockdown as are players living in that Shire and in Greater Melbourne.

The WGBD is confident that Pennant will be able to be played both Midweek and Saturdays, however, we need more information from the Government before we are able to make these decisions.   

We are uncertain as to how willing players will be to participate in Bowls once the situation improves.

Michael Holroyd

Secretary WGBD