One of Doncaster Bowls Club’s traditions is to make the first bowling day of the new season a Charity Day. Our charity is The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, so the fees collected on this day plus the money in the ‘wrong bias’ jar  is our donation.

Even the most experienced players occasionally do a wrong bias.


Another tradition on this day  is that the first bowl to be put down must be rolled by the reigning Club Champion, who this year is Tom Reynolds.

Tim Fewster rolling the jack for Tom Reynolds


Tom about to deliver the first bowl of the season


Tom’s smooth delivery

Then there is a traditional Club photo taken but this year it was forgotten to be organised.


Everyone was eager to start to play. A ‘ pick a bat’  game had been decided upon where players of different levels and abilities play together as a team. (It is based on the luck of the draw.)

White plays against black


Skips reaching for their ‘bat’


Leads selecting their ‘bat’

This is a good idea because members get to know and have conversations with people away from their usual friendship group.


At the finish of the usual 21 ends everyone came inside to hear that $857 had been raised for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Ash Rowe announcing the amount of money raised.

Lyn Goodman.