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WELCOME

Welcome to the friendly club!

The Toorak Burnside Bowling sits in beautiful treed surrounds on quiet local streets with a delightful outdoor sitting area overlooking our premier grass greens. This makes it the perfect place for functions whether it’s a birthday or end of year work Christmas Party. It also makes it a great place to bowl !

Lawn Bowls is a highly adaptable social game for people of all ages and abilities. Toorak Burnside welcomes experienced players looking for a club to enjoy the sport they love. New bowlers are also welcome – don’t be shy! Come and have a go.

To suit everyone casual and competitive bowling options are offered at the club including:

Social Bowls    – Tuesdays (Summer) and on Wednesday and Saturdays (Winter). 
                                Come on your own or with friends and we will put you in a team.

Night Owls         – a fun competition on Thursday nights for those that want to enjoy bowls with friends in a relaxed environment.
                               Enter a team or we can put you in a team.

Pennant Bowls –  are team competitions played on Wednesdays (Men), Thursdays (Women) and Saturdays (Mixed).
                               Toorak Burnside has teams at different levels of competition to cater for different abilities.
                                New bowlers are encouraged to join – there is a place for everyone.
                               Toorak Burnside also strives to succeed at the highest levels of competition.

The Toorak Burnside Club is a welcoming place for everyone including members and visitors. Come in, say hi and grab a drink but beware – bowls may be addictive!

Our club is run with pride by our members.  

OUR HISTORY

Old Scrapbook Diaries maintained since the Clubs inception, record the following newspaper articles regarding the Club’s beginning:

“ When the beautiful suburb of Toorak was originally laid out a large block of land was set aside for recreation purposes. Two tennis courts were made on the land, but, there being no supervisory body, the ground fell into disrepair.In 1918 however, a general meeting held at the residence of Mr George Matthew, decided on the formation of the Toorak Bowling Club. By relinquishing their moral right to the recreation reserve, they were enabled to acquire the present very valuable site. Applications for membership began to roll in, debentures were issued and freely taken up, and assisted by the genial personality and indomitable energy of the President, the committee soon overcame the many difficulties that confronted them. 

The clubhouse and grounds rapidly took shape, for which much credit was due to to the honorary architect, Mr EH McMichael.The clubhouse was opened in August 1919, and on November 1, just 14 months after the inception of the Club, they were in the happy position of having enough money in debentures held by members to cover all expenses of construction. They possessed two bowling greens, two grass tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and a clubhouse containing two first class billiard tables and replete with every convenience. The cost of ground, buildings &c and of laying out  the greens and flower gardens, including a charming rosery, was approximately 3,800 pounds, exclusive of 1,000 pounds for the greenkeepers residence.”

“The fashionable suburb of Toorak had a great day on Saturday, when they celebrated the opening of one of the finest, if not the best, Bowling Club greens in the whole of the Commonwealth. The colours of the club are black and white, and the members, with their black coats trimmed with white, and the club monogram in white on the outside pocket, looked very nice indeed. I would not be surprised if the other clubs nicknamed the Toorak Club “The Magpies”.”

The first Pennant game for the Club was played in 1920, and the early records indicate Toorak Bowling Club was soon one of the leading Adelaide Pennant Clubs.

Unfortunately, time has seen many changes to the original club, with the tennis courts, croquet lawns, and greenkeepers house sold off along the way. I wonder where the billiard tables went!

In 1994, during a period of rationalisation of many bowling clubs, the Burnside RSL Bowling Club, formerly on Portrush Road opposite Burnside Village, merged with the Toorak Bowling Club to form the Toorak Burnside Bowling Club.

Due to financial pressures on the club and ever increasing costs, it was decided to sell the property to the Burnside Council in 2002 under an arrangement which provides an ongoing cashflow stream to the Club over 15 years and security of tenure to lease the premises at a peppercorn rental. Renegotiation of the lease with the Burnside Council will occur in 2017, by which time the club will be in a strong financial position.

 1919

Official launch of club.

 1965

Extension to clubhouse. 

 2002

Sale of club land to Burnside Council. 

 2018

Centenary year.

 1918

First meeting to create Toorak Bowling Club

 1953

Formation of Toorak Women’s Bowling Club. 

 1994

Merger with Burnside Bowling Club to create Toorak Burnside Bowling Club. 

 2010

Major fire of clubhouse. 

 1918

First meeting to create Toorak Bowling Club

 1919

Official launch of club.

 1953

Formation of Toorak Women’s Bowling Club. 

 1965

Extension to clubhouse. 

 1994

Merger with Burnside Bowling Club to create Toorak Burnside Bowling Club. 

 2002

 Sale of club land to Burnside Council.

 2010

Major fire of clubhouse. 

 2018

Centenary year.

Club History Book

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Management

Patron                                        Hon John Darley MLC

President                                   Jan Riordan

Chair of the Board                   Vicki Feast
Treasurer                                   David Gamble
Board Secretary                       Sue Neale
Board Members                        Katie Gilfillan, John Roberts, Andrew Mackenzie
Chair of Selectors                     Albert Kruimel
Greenkeeper                              James Gregory
Administration Manager        Andrew Mackenzie
Functions Manager                 Jan Riordan
Bar Manager                             John Roberts

Committees and Working Groups

All Committees and Working Groups report to the Board of Management

House Manager      Trevor (and Barb) Bairstow

Night Owls               John Roberts (Coordinator), David Gamble, Chris Grabczewski, Jacqui Schuller, Ian Brereton

Social Events           Barbara Bairstow (Coordinator), Peter Brandon, Mandy van Dyk, Rob van Dyk, Marilyn Weydling, Carol Sullivan,

Gillian Triance, Graeme Litster, Andrew Mackenzie, David Gamble(Board Portfolio)

Tiger Patrol              Graham Wright (Coordinator), Leon Gerlach, Brian Kenworthy, Ian Munro, John Loeser, Brian Apps, David Gamble,

Sue Neale(Board Portfolio)  

Website/Facebook/Instagram        Peter Edwards(Coordinator), Katie Gilfillan, Andrew Mackenzie (Board Portfolio)

Sponsorship             Chris Grabczewski, Greg McGregor, Trevor Feast, Andrew Mackenzie(Board Portfolio)

Coaching Development & Mentoring  Committee    Katie Gilfillan(Coordinator & Board Portfolio) Graham Wright, Trevor Bairstow,

Simon Ketley, Matt Goss, Brian Jenkins, Terry Dean(Arm Coach), Greg McGregor, John Boccaccio, Denis Andrews(Mentor Coordinator),

Alan Walker(Mentor)

Pre-season Planning Working Group       Albert Kuimel, Trevor Feast, Brian Jenkins, Mike Hocking, Katie Gilfillan(Coordinator).

Selection Panel                   see the Pennant Page.

Club Championships     Ian Munro, Brian Jenkins

Tournament Directors   Curry Cup (Graham Wright), (Digger’s Day), Albert Kruimel, 

Club Championships ( Ian Munro and Brian Jenkins), Bowls SA Events (vacant), Andrew Mackenzie(Board Portfolio)

TBBC Constitution Committee Brian Jenkins (Coordinator), Verity Manning, P Roma, Vicki Feast(Board Portfolio).

Strategic Planning Sub-Committee  Vicki Feast (Coordinator & Board Portfolio), Carol Dean, Denise Andrews

Womens Working Group   Vicki Feast(Coordinator & Board Portfolio, Barb Bairstow, Carol Dean, Katie Gilfillan, Mandy Gilfillan,

Brian Jenkins, June Rae,  Jan Riordan, Gillian Triance.


Grants                                 
Coordinator vacant,  Andrew Mackenzie

Minor Projects Manager  Rob van Dyk 

Bar Volunteers                    Leon Gerlach, Katie Gilfillan, Carol Sullivan 

Annual Report                     Corrina Min

                   

Winter Social Bowls                   Graham Litster

Summer Social Bowls               Katie Gilfillan

Taylor Cup Silver Manager       Trevor Feast

Taylor Cup Bronze Manager     Ian Brereton

Indoor Bowls                                Jan Milller

MBA / Bowls SA Liaison            Vicki Feast

Club Photographer                    vacant

Club Historian                            Carl Hopkins 

See Admin Manager for further details of roles and responsibilities for Committees and Working Groups

The Womens Working Group

Club Trading Hours

SUMMER BAR TRADING HOURS

MONDAY                                 Closed

TUESDAY                                Closed 

WEDNESDAY                           12 noon – 6.00pm 
                                                  If no Social Bowls 12 noon – 4pm

THURSDAY                              6.00pm – 10.30pm

FRIDAY                                    4.00pm – 7.00pm 

SATURDAY                              12 noon – 7.00pm 
                                                 If no Social Bowls 12 noon – 4pm

SUNDAY                                  Closed

Under the Liquor Licencing Act it is an offence for members and/or visitors to bring alcohol on to these premises for private consumption.

Private functions are exempt from this clause in the Act due to the requirement of a special ‘one off’ licence for each function which may include the supply of alcohol of choice and consequently attracts a corkage fee. 

ADMIN OFFICE HOURS

MONDAY                                 9.30am – 4.30pm

TUESDAY                                Closed 

WEDNESDAY                          Closed ( if playing away ) 

THURSDAY                             9.30am – 4.30pm 

FRIDAY                                    2.00pm – 5.00pm 

SATURDAY                              Closed ( if playing away )

SUNDAY                                  Closed

Club subscriptions

Membership subscriptions for Toorak Burnside Bowling Club (includes GST) are as follows

New members receive 50% discount (first year only)
New members receive a name badge, bowls stickers and club shirt (first year only)

Pennant Player

$340 / annum
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New member – pennant player

$180 / annum
  • (half fee + registration fee – first year)
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Pennant players transferring from another club

$180 / annum
  • (half fee + registration fee – first year)

Associate Members

$80 / annum
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Permit Player from another SA club

$80 / annum
  • Registered with another club.

Junior/Student - -

$50 / annum
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