Welcome to Aberfeldie Bowls Club
Winners of the Bowls Victoria Division 1 (6-a-side) Mid-week Pennant flag 2017-18
taken from Bowls Victoria News page
PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, 29 MARCH 2018
2017-18 State of Pennant 2
Aberfeldie – the little club with a big heart
The 108-year-old Aberfeldie Bowls Club is one of the minnows of Bowls Victoria’s Metropolitan Pennant competitions.
Boasting just 40 members, the Club fields two Saturday Pennant teams, two Midweek Pennant Division 1 (6-a-side) teams, and a Night Pennant team in the Northern Gateway Night Pennant Competition.
The Club prides itself on the welcoming and tight knit nature of its membership and has members travelling from as far away as Riddells Creek, Point Cook and Truganina to play. 93 year old Life Member, multiple Club Champion and Club legend, Fred Sinclair, is the soul of the Club, having played in excess of 1000 Pennant games in 53 Seasons at Aberfeldie – and is still skipping on Saturdays.
While Saturday Pennant this season produced only ordinary results for the Club, the reverse was true for its two Midweek Pennant teams.
With both Division 1 (6 a side) teams playing in Section 1, the Club finished first and second on the ladder at the end of the Sectional round, and then hosted two home Sectional semi-finals.
Coming out on top in each (one semi-final by just 1 shot against Moonee Ponds), the Club’s two teams played off for the Section Premiership – and of course earned the distinction of being both Section Premiers (Aberfeldie 1) & Runners-Up (Aberfeldie 2).
Advancing to the Divisional quarter-finals, Aberfeldie 1 had the closest of wins (a single shot on the last end of the game) against a gallant Diamond Creek at Preston Reservoir Bowls Club. The Divisional semi-final was far less tense, with Aberfeldie 1 taking a strong lead late in the game to defeat a resolute Hampton Park at Burwood Districts Bowls Club.
On then to the Divisional Grand Final played at the MCC Bowls Club against a gritty Bennettswood. A solid fight back by Bennettswood threatened Aberfeldie’s mid-game lead, but re-grouping after the break, Aberfeldie finished the game strongly to take the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Pennant Midweek Open Division 1 (6 a Side) Championship.
At the end of the game, the Club and its players were thrilled to be presented with the Premiership flag and individual winner medallions by Bowls Victoria – tangible evidence of an outstanding season, and proof that the minnow can bring home the catch!
Runners Up in the NGBR 2017-18 Night Pennant Competition- Division 3 West.
"Local Hero- As it approaches the lawn bowls pennant season, the Aberfeldie Bowls Club will have among its pennant players, club life member, stalwart, and multiple club champion Fred Sinclair. It will be Sinclair's 51st season as a pennant player at Aberfeldie, meaning he is approaching 1000 games played for the club. Now well into his ninth decade, Sinclair was also a highly respected professional runner and won the Burramine Gift in 1953 and 1954." Taken from The Sunday Age (9/8/15)
Since its establishment in 1910 Aberfeldie Bowls Club has enjoyed a long and proud history in the sport of bowls. The Forbes T. Wright Green has a synthetic surface which allows for year round bowling. The clubroom was rebuilt in 2003 and the modern facilities, including a managed bar, are ideal for hiring for special occasions and celebrations. Although a relatively small club with around 50 members, Aberfeldie Bowls Club is big in spirit and prides itself in its friendly and social atmosphere. The club is always keen to welcome new members from those wishing to try the sport through to seasoned bowlers.
Keep up to date with club news by reading the latest edition of "BowledOver". The editor, Norm Draper is always on the lookout for articles of interest or bowls trivia. If you have any announcements or ideas for the newsletter email them to DraperNorm@bigpond.com. Newsletters will be published weekly during the season and monthly throughout the rest of the year.
Free coaching is available to all club members. Contact our coach Nigel Thompson on 0411 220 545 to discuss your coaching needs and arrange a session.
Social Bowls: Every Thursday at 11.45 am, two games, drawn cards.
Saturdays (April-September) at 12.45pm, two games, drawn cards.
Everyone is welcome for an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon of bowls.