Beerenberg Australia Day Huge Success

What a great day!!   Full rinks, with bowlers from both metropolitan and country clubs, graced our greens to enjoy a great day of bowls and social interaction.

The highlight was the luncheon, created by Gail VortRonald, where many were saying they would have paid their $20 just for the luncheon, let alone have the opportunity to play bowls.   The incorporation of Beerenberg’s wide range of products used to accompany each dish was made known to all by Shelly prior to each sitting.

Competition throughout the day was fierce, with the overall result going down the wire between the rinks from Edwardstown and Aldinga.  Both finished with
82 1/2 points, but Edwardstown won by 2 shots up.

Kathleen Hooker, on behalf of Beerenberg, presented the prizes.  Her words leading up to the presentation gave all in attendance an excellent background to the history of the relationship between Beerenberg and the Paech family with the Hahndorf Bowling Club.

We thank all who made the day so memorable – the bowlers who attended, the volunteers who worked so hard, and most importantly Beerenberg Family Farm for their continued support for over thirty years.

Practice Program Recommences

Members are reminded that the Practice Drill Program recommences next Tuesday at 4.00 pm and should conclude at approx 5.15 pm.

Our first session will include various “measuring” scenarios which was requested by many in the evaluation sheets from last year’s program.

The Practice Drill Program has been arranged for the next four weeks, excluding Tuesday 31st January to allow for the Country Carnival.

We encourage all members to attend, even for the early indoor/outdoor information sessions (approx 20 minutes) as there is always something of value to learn.

Sunny West Bowling Carnival – FIJI

Ray Tuckfield from the Prospect Broadview Bowls Club is organising a Bowls Group, approximately 24, to participate in a Bowls Carnival at the Nadi Sports and Social Club, Fiji, from May 18 to May 23.

Details are on the attached Flyer Fiji Bowls Flyer May 2023.

This is planned as a Bowls Holiday with a couple of days added on before and after the Carnival. Partners are invited to attend just to be in holiday mode.

Accordingly, the Flyer has been posted on our Notice Board for any interested bowlers.

Ray can be contacted at or Mob: 0410693422 if any members have any questions.

Coaching Clinic Tuesday 17th January 2023


Following our successful coaching/drills program earlier this season, your coaches now confirm that BowlsSA Women’s Coach, Tony Lucas, has been engaged under their Coach Zone program.

The date is Tuesday, 17th January 2023

The session will begin at 3.30 pm until 5.30 pm.   The program will begin inside at 3.30 pm and then move to the green after approx. ¾ hour.

Topics will include: reading the head, bowler roles, tactics, value of drills, getting the best out of your ability, having fun and winning, and much more.

The program will be aimed at all levels of bowlers, so all our members are encouraged to join in the program and hear from a quality coach.

A notice is on the Notice Board for members to confirm their attendance.  If you are able to only attend one of the sessions please indicate which one.  

Please put this date in your 2023 Calendar without delay.

New Sponsor

The Club welcomes Hogan Insurance Solutions as its newest sponsor.  Mike Hogan, currently playing night bowls, has offered his business as a sponsor, and we thank him for his generosity and support.

The company’s website, click here direct access, shows:


One of the first things you will notice about Hogan Insurance Solutions is how down to earth we are and how much we care about finding the right type of insurance cover for you. In the event of a claim we will also make sure you receive everything you are entitled to.

The claims process is then totally managed by our experienced and friendly staff.

It takes a long time to build wealth and to accumulate assets, many of which become the biggest purchases that we make in our lifetime. At Hogan Insurance Solutions we absolutely practice what we preach and totally believe in insurance to prevent you from going backwards.”

If you are thinking of looking at your insurance, why not give Mike and his team an opportunity to quote?  And they are local!

Will makes pennant debut

Schoolboy William “Will” Burt made his pennant bowls debut with his proud dad, Jamie, playing in his dad’s rink in first division.  Showing no signs of nervousness, Will bowled consistently, particularly with a good line. He continually picked up members’ bowls, polished them, and was encouraged by both Hahndorf and Meadows bowlers throughout the game.

William, 10 1/2 years, is just able to hold his “00” bowls and is now awaiting his “000” bowls to make his grip much easier.

His interest in playing bowls started when he began playing social bowls and the encouragement and positive feedback he received from many members of the club.  Whilst he plays soccer, golf, and karate, he has given cricket away to concentrate on his bowls.   Dad, Jamie, maintains his main interest is that after bowls he can have a Bunderberg Tropical Mango drink plus a bag of chips.

Well done William – happy bowling.


Wet Practice Night!!

Thank you to everyone who attended this afternoon’s practice.  Over twenty bowlers were present and participated in a valued discussion regarding the Bowls Etiquette within our club.  Many good suggestions were put forward and considered.  Your Club Coaches are combining the suggestions and forwarding a revised draft Bowls Etiquette for our Club to our Club Committee for consideration.   A draft copy will be placed on the Club Notice Board this Friday for members to view. If any member has any further suggestions, please let either Michael or Graham know by this Thursday.

As the weather remained inclement, two groups were involved in “reading and developing the head”, led by Geoff Deeble and Chris Button/Bob Edwards.  Members were asked what shot could be played with the view to considering various shot outcomes and the associated risks.

Our thanks to Geoff, Chris, and Bob plus all who participated.  From the feedback received, everyone was pleased with this afternoon’s late change.

Please note we plan to conduct the outdoors drills programmed for tonight next week. Could all in attendance tonight please bring your handout next week?

Bright Opening Day

Hahndorf Bowling Club was the venue for the Minister of Recreation, Sport and Racing, Hon Katrine Hildyard MP, to officially declare the bowls season 2022-23 open and include the opening of their new verandah.  A grant through the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing provided the opportunity for the club to give bowlers, and supporters an area to socialise under cover.  The verandah had been on the Club’s list of additions for some time and was also supported by the Mt Barker Council.

In bright sunshine, President, Phil Nagel, welcomed the Minister, along with the Member for Heysen, Josh Teague MP, Mayor of Mt Baker Council, Ann Ferguson OAM, and Councillor for North, Narelle Hardingham. The Minister spoke of the value sporting clubs provide to the wider community, especially in both physical and mental health.  She commended the club for its involvement in supporting the local community by offering its facilities and providing a social and welcoming environment.

The Minister was then invited to “roll the first jack” followed by Mayor Ferguson to “roll the first bowl” to officially open the bowls season. The club is indebted to the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, and the Mt Barker Council for their continued support of the Club through various grants.

Club weekend at Waikerie

A great couple of days had by all. Waikerie hospitality was fantastic with mixed teams bowls Friday afternoon and dinner at the Waikerie Hotel. Saturday approx 32 bowlers again in the afternoon and a great BBQ organised by Waikerie club in the evening. A meat raffle was thrown in for fun and won by a Hahndorf newcomer, Maria. Friday was cold and wet but it did not matter as we were playing under the dome. Many thanks to Jenny, Wayne and Glen for organising the Waikerie end and many thanks to Val for organizing the Hahndorf crew. We came to Waikerie and were greeted with a handshake and after two days left with a lot of hugs.

An amazing combination of bowls, fellowship and camaraderie. We shall endeavour to have Waikerie come to Hahndorf and we will be back at Waikerie next year.