Established at a time when Canberra had a population of around 800 people, Canberra City Bowling Club has held a proud history as one of the original bowling clubs in the nation’s capital.
From a meeting held at Ainslie Public School in the spring of 1928, the Club was formed with a clubhouse and single green soon to follow. Its construction was complete two years later when the Canberra City Bowls Club officially opened on 22 November 1930. The Club went on to construct additional greens that saw the third green completed in 1962 and the clubhouse officially opened in 1963.
Following the extension of the clubhouse in 1971, the CCBC merged with Ainslie Football & Social Club and have held the CCBC Singles Championship each year since 2002. Setting the bar high, Ruth Moore prevailed over Tony Barry in the inaugural event with Robyn Banks, another female, finishing as runner-up this year. Separate Club championships, (Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours), are held for men and women with regular social club competitions held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings, and Wednesday and Saturday afternoons allowing men and women to play and compete against each other.
Members also compete in both the Open and over-60s ACT Championships, producing several ACT male and female representatives at both levels over the years. Currently, three of the CCBC’s women bowlers are members of the ACT Representative Squad, while the ACT Coach is also a member of the Club.
With excellent facilities to compliment any occasion, the Ainslie Function Centre is designed to be the best in Canberra. Our function rooms will cater for a small intimate reception, or a gathering of up to 500. Professionally trained staff will provide extensive personal service and advice to ensure the smooth running of your function. Our chefs are well regarded and are able to create an extensive range of menus tailored to suit all tastes and budgets. Variations with your individual touch are available on request.
During 2013 the bowling membership of our Club has been maintained and achieved a slight increase over the year, with the Club continuing to attract a small but steady stream of new members. Pam and Ian Armour have made a feature of Sunday morning social bowls and it is a popular route for beginners to develop competitive skills. Our principal recruitment effort during 2013 has been the Try Bowls Open Day ably organised by Cliff Gilbert and Ken Dowrick and their band of willing helpers, with a follow-up introduction to social bowls during November.
Canberra City maintained its active contribution to competitive bowls in the ACT and continued to enjoy a high level of success. Achievements this year include:
The Club ran a full Championship program during the year. Senior bowlers continued to have success but there will also be some new faces appearing on the honour boards.
A record number of City players earned representative honours including Sue Lalor, Jenny Clout, Ruth Moore, Lexie Webster and Robert Kelly who represented the ACT against Queensland, Michael Bermingham, Robert Kelly, Alan Taylor and Cooper Pike who were selected for the series against NSW Zones 5, 7 and 8. In addition, City players Bev Dowrick, Cliff Gilbert, Loretta Gillespie, John McDonald, Graham Read, Sue Lalor and Alan Taylor were selected to represent the ACT in the Over 60s National Sides Championship.
Volunteer officials are important not only for our own championships but also particularly if we are to conduct events on behalf of Bowls ACT. Ron Hawke conducted another Umpiring Workshop during the year and five members sat the qualifying examination. The Committee would like to express its gratitude to Ron for his hard work and dedication and to the newly qualified and re-accredited umpires.
Ken Dowrick continues to provide leadership on the coaching front with Club coaches Peter Routcliffe, Bev Dowrick, Cliff Gilbert, Ron Kirk, Alan Taylor and Hilary Merritt available to help members of all standards.
The Club contributes strongly to the administration of the sport of bowls in the ACT. Bev Dowrick is the energetic and successful State coach, Loretta Gillespie and John McDonald have been appointed State selectors, Bev Dowrick and John McDonald sit on the Board of Bowls ACT, Ken Dowrick heads the Coaching Panel, and Hilary Merritt and Cliff Gilbert are members of the ACT Match Committee.
2013 has seen a significant improvement in the state of the Club’s greens. Peter Wall and Grant Nicholson together with Greens Director Peter White have worked hard to regain the ‘A’ rating that is attracting a greater number of bowlers to our regular bowls events. Further improvement is expected with the installation of new plinths during the annual Spring renovation.
The improved greens saw the Club host the ACT Women’s Triples and the ACT Rookies Singles Championship during the year. The Club also successfully hosted two significant tournaments: the Quadrangular involving players from NSW, ACT, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island; and the Australian Turf Bowlers Annual Tournament involving bowlers from all Australian States and Singapore.
Trading at the Club has improved markedly during the year. Top Gun Catering which runs the Club’s bistro was named Corporate Caterer of the year for 2013. Its reputation and the hard work of Stuart and Anthony continue to attract not only regular diners but a large number of functions and events. Barefoot bowling has proved a popular innovation with interest maintained throughout the year. And the demise of the nearby Braddon Club has increased our number of regular patrons.
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Monday: 4pm-8:00pm | Dining closed
Tuesday: 4pm-8:00pm | Dining closed
Wednesday: 12pm-10pm | Dining 5:30pm-8:30pm
Thursday: 4pm-10pm | Dining 5:30pm-8:30pm
Friday: 3pm-10pm | Dining 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm | Dining 5:30pm-8:30pm
Sunday: 12pm-8:00pm | Dining closed