Golf Day Fun

Sunday 27th of Feb saw 24 HBC members descend upon the Oakbank golf course to demonstrate the diverse sporting skills we suspected they all had.

This day was suggested by Jamie as a day of fun and team building, and it achieved both outcomes. We had Shelly tootling around in a “gator” dispensing refreshments, we had Tali towing a cart full of twins, we had some very good golfers teamed up with some good bowlers, and we had a lot of fun.

When it was over a BBQ, which the versatile Shelly had cooked, then the presentation of prizes followed. Lucky winners of the day Pat Wakefield, Rob Hutch, Gail Vort-Ronald, and Geoff Deeble will have their names on the Trophy, donated by Bill Robertson.

We hope this becomes an annual day of fun.

Well done to the participants, helpers and organisers. I am sure the golf course will recover.

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Shelters Prove Their Worth!!

The upgrade of our bowls shelters, completed mid-January, have already proved their worth.  Inclement weather on the Saturday and Sunday after completion gave excellent protection from the elements for bowlers and spectators.   The temperature continued to rise for Wednesday and Saturday pennant and again, the new shelters provided shade and coolness for all bowlers.  Last Wednesday, the Beerenberg Australia Day Gala Tournament, again saw the temperatures rise to 35 degrees and with bowlers from all over the metro, hills, and country in attendance, the shelters came out with flying colors.

As project manager of the upgrade, I (Graham), wish to thank all the members who provided so much of their time to correct the framework ready for cladding. Over 80 volunteer hours went into this aspect of the project.  Another 30 hours went into supporting Pete Fairley, from Mt Barker Steel, to keep the project within our timeframes.   To those, thank you for your support.

Our thanks go to the Mt Barker District Council for their grant of $2500 and Mt Barker Steel for their sponsorship donation towards the project.

We now have bowls shelters we can be very proud of, and we look forward to continuing our push to make our facilities the best in the hills for all bowlers, social bowlers, and the wider community.








Club Champions decided

The Club Champions have been decided.

Last Sunday, on a humid showery day 3 finals were played. We havent any photos as the conditions were so poor.

Ladies Club Champion, Sue Maddern. Sue defeated the “other Sue”  last years Champ, and HBA Champ of Champs, Sue Hutchinson, in a fairly close game.

Mens Club Champion, Glen McGough. Glen defeated Phil Nagel in a game that was very tight until they had a break due to showers, after which Glen skipped away.

Mens pairs Champions, Graham Evans and Tim Anderson. G and T beat Rick Babidge and Geoff Deeble reasonably comfortably, handling the conditions and the shower breaks better.

Ladies pairs Champions, Sue Maddern and Sue Hutchinson. Game played on Thursday in lovely conditions. The 2 Sues defeated Val Deeble and Shelly Howe, this game was a thriller, very close until the second last end when the Sues scored a deflating mutiple.

Well done to all players and good luck in the Champ of Champ events.

On the level!!

The photo shows our elite volunteers using all their initiative to ensure the bottom rail is “on the level”.

We are now for “go” with the bowls shelters having the cladding installed as from tomorrow (Friday).

Christmas Greetings

To all our members and their families have a safe and joyous Christmas and trust 2023 is a Happy New Year.  Enjoy the bowls break, albeit short, and for those who are traveling – safe travel and return.


Bowls Shelters Upgrade Stage 1

Last Monday & Tuesday (Dec 13& 14 2021), club members spent the best part of two days upgrading our bowls shelters in preparation to both being clad with colorbond steel early in January 2022.   This entailed removing all the old painted steel, all the shadecloth, and aligning all the pipe to make the shelters look acceptable.  Also adding caps to the end of all the uprights.  Where the sections required more pipe, we utilised all the pipe from the lower green shelters and where necessary, welded extensions on compliments to Kev Waterson.

The shadecloth was then re-attached to ensure UV coverage until the steel cladding is installed.  The only activity now required is to add 104 anchor bolts to the bases of every upright.

Thank you to all the members who volunteered their time and effort.  It was greatly appreciated.

Before    and       After

State Pairs Finalists

Last Sunday two teams with Hahndorf players played in the finals of the state pairs.

Phil Nagel and Bob Edwards were in the last 16 and went down valiantly 16-11, a fantastic effort.

Sue Hutchinson playing with her sister got through to the final 8, where they lost 14-9 to the eventual runner-up. Again a fantastic effort.

Well done!


Congratulations to Pat Wakefiled, Rhonda Munday, Kev Waterson, and Michael Wheal on scoring an eight.

A great effort, with Rhonda on one leg, and against the strong Mt Barker #1 side.  Eights don’t come around very often, so enjoy.


If you need plants before summer hits and get them established, now is the time to visit Glen McGough’s Valley Nursery.

Selling off his stock at 30-50% off, NOW is the time to get a bargain before he runs out.