Bowls club celebrates golden anniversary success

THE Glenorchy Rodman Bowls Club has seen a lot of change in the past 50-years.

What started as a small tomato garden owned by Murray Rodman has now grown into a thriving bowls community in the heart of Glenorchy.

Glenorchy Rodman Bowls Club president John Clarke said it was with a great sense of achievement that the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.

“Since the club was established in September 1968, we have developed into one of the biggest clubs in the northern suburbs – and we are still growing,” he said.

“We are currently the only club in the Southern Tasmanian Bowls Association to have grown in the past 12-months, expanding by 10 per cent, and we expect an additional one-third of growth next year.

“We believe this is due to our family-orientated atmosphere – we are very much a family club and see the sport passed down from father to son, mother to daughter.”

In celebration of the golden anniversary, the Glenorchy Rodman Bowls Club will be hosting a special event at its clubrooms on 28 September.

The event will include a catered reception where the club will present at least one life membership, as well as a number of awards including “Team of the Decade.”

“This anniversary event is a great chance for our current and past members to celebrate the success of our club,” Mr Clarke said.

“So we are inviting any person who has played for the club in previous years to make contact and be added to the guest list for the event.”

Mr Clarke said the club had seen a number of highlights in its 50-years of operation.

This included winning the premiership title two-years-ago – the first time in 30-years the club has done so.

“And we have high hopes to do it again this year,” Mr Clarke said.

“We currently have three teams on top of the ladder in our main Saturday pennant – this is in the premier league, division two and division six.

“Our division two ladies also has a team in the finals, so we’re hoping for great results this year.”

Also on the club’s upcoming agenda is the 2018 Southern Tasmania EasterCarnival, which will take place from 30 March to 2 April.

An Australian ranked points tournament, the carnival will see players from across the state and Australia travel to compete in the four events held over four days.

Mr Clarke said around 100 players were expected to make the trip to take part in the annual tournament, which this year was offering a prize pool of $10,000.

“This is the fourth year we have hosted the Easter Carnival, which was initiated by Tasmanian bowler Lee Schaner, who is currently ranked number two in Australia,” he said.

“The event is open for all players and spectators and is a great way for the community to get together and watch some good-natured competition.”

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Southern Tasmania Easter Carnival.

To make a nomination or for more information about the anniversary event, contact the Glenorchy Rodman Bowls Club on phone 6273 2293 or email

Caption: Glenorchy Rodman Bowls Club president John Clarke, left, with committee member and ex-president Tony Davie.