Mayor Keith Campbell, Mrs Marion Campbell and the Mayors personal assistant Bronwyn Barry were guest of honour at a bowls carnival and luncheon to celebrate
the clubs 80th birthday. Mr Campbell in a speech at the luncheon pointed out how his father had been a member and how the Bowls club had become a social
hub for the Farmers of the area with many of the towns problems sorted out over a game of bowls and a cold beer afterwards.
It is believed that the club is the oldest Bowls club in the South Burnett. The 80th Birthday Cake was cut by the clubs oldest member and female club patron Mrs Bess Thorpe
who at the age of 97 still loves her bowls game (her team finished third in the carnival)
18 Teams, some from as far as Burrum Heads, Bribie Island and Kilcoy joined in the bowls carnival which had prize money of $800.
Bowlers who had been members but who had moved out of the area also returned to participate in the day
Mr Tim White representing the Burnett District Bowlers Association presented the club President John Lacey with a framed 80th Birthday
certificate which will hang with pride in the club. We sincerly thank Kingaroy residents, past and present members and the many bussinesses for their support over the years.
The bowls club idea was presented at a meeting of Kingaroy citizen and district farmers on the 10th December 1935 and it was hoped that it would be situated in
Memorial park and known as the Kingaroy Bowls Club. The first President, Mr W C Hervey was elected two weeks later along with Mr O S Bond
and Mr L N Freeman as Vice Presidents. Mr E S Littlejohn (Treasurer), Mr S Molen (Secretary ) and Mr W J Lang as Greens Director. Mr E B Searle
of Mitchell was the Green Keeper. Affiliation was with the Wide Bay and Burnett District Association. By Jan 1936 the plans for the first green had
been drawn up and construction was to start as soon as funds were available. In February 36 an application was made to council for 1000 pounds
for the green in Memorial Park and at a council meeting the application was rejected. By June land had been aquired in Youngman Street and
construction of the green commenced, but with rain being badly needed it progressed slowly. 14th February 37 saw the official opening of the 6 rink
green by the Queensland Bowlers Association and on the 2nd March 1937 the official opening of the Kingaroy bowls club took place with a membership of 60.
By 1938 the membership had risen to 80 with the Ladies Bowls club being formed in October of that year (another party). 240 members was the count in its hayday in the 80’s
but with age and declining membership the club has slipped at just over 100. The current Commitee along with the ladies and mens Presidents are working hard to try and get
the club back to its place as one of the social hubs of Kingaroy
Results of the 80th Birthday Carnival
1st Place. 2 Wins + Margin 35. Nanango Bowls Club. Henry Bliesner, Sharon Yeates, Sue Tucker and Glen Yeates (Skip)
2nd Place 2 Wins + Margin 24. Kingaroy Bowls Club. Hugh Harrison, Bob Hammond, David Clapperton and John Coppard (Skip)
3rd Place 2 wins + Margin 18. Kingaroy Bowls Club. Bess Thorpe, Wanda Carland, Paul Marychurch and Ray Maclaren (Skip)
2017 Kingaroy Bowls Club Open Singles
The first game in round 1 saw Errol Dionysius take on Alex Callender. With 1pt (9-8) seperating them in the 15th end Errol skipped away for a 25-13 win.
Game 2 was Dave Barwick taking on Malcolm Macleod. Malcolm went into end 18 with a 4 pt lead (16-12) and went on to win comfortably 25-15
Game 3 saw John Lacey taking on Danny Holligan. John was never a winning chance in the game with Danny winning 25-14.
Round 2 first game was Bruce Johnston meeting Paul Marychurch. Paul got off to a slow start but by end 15 was only 2 pts behind (14-16). Bruce with some good bowling won 26-18.
Game 2 was Errol Dionysius and Malcolm Macleod. Malcolm never looked comfortable in the game and was soundly beaten 25-12.
Game 3 saw Danny Holligan meeting Ray Maclaren after Ray had a Win on Forfeit in round 1. Scores were all even after end 14(10-10) with Danny winning 25-14.
Game 4 was Trevor Turner taking on Wayne Thatcher. Trevor had a lead of 4 by end 15 (12-8). Trevor edged away winning 25-17.
Game 1. Bruce Johston met Erroll Dionysius. With Errol and Bruce having good wins in the second round it looked looked like a good game and they didnt disappoint. with scores being level in end 7 (7-7) and end 11 (10-10) and Errol being in front by 1 at end 19 (18-17). Errol went on to win 27-22.
Game 2. Danny Holligan and Trevor Turner met in a game that everyone thought would be an arm wrestle. With Danny getting off to a flyer and was in front by 12 at the 11 end (17-5) eventually winning 25-7.
With Errol Dionysius and Danny Holligan, the two best bowlers lining up in the final it was always going to be a tight tussle and the spectator gallery were not dissapointed
after 15 ends Errol held a 1 pt lead (13-12) with the first to 25 pts being declared the Winner. By the 25 end Errol had skipped out to a 7 pt lead (23-16) and it seemed like it was all over, but to Dannys credit he dug his heels in and started the fightback and by the 30th end it was all squared up at 23 -23. In the next end Danny hit the front and it was 24-23 but to Errols credit he never panicked and picked up 2 shots in the next end to take out the Win 25-24.
Kingaroy Bowls Club has a Sponsor for its Tuesday night Corporate League
OLLIES MOWERS is now the sponsor and we Thank You for your Patronage