Ferny Grove Bowls, Sports & Community Club
(07) 3851 1889

News & Announcements

Sun 23  March 2020 Bowls Update
  Following the Federal Government’s directive that all licensed premises be closed, the Ferny Grove Bowls, Sports and Community Club Inc is now closed until further notice.

This includes all club activities, such as:

  • All bowls games and roll-ups;
  • All bar sales;
  • All bistro sales, including take-aways

Greens maintenance will continue as this will not involve group activity.

Sun 22  March 2020 Bowls Update
  The Men’s and Ladies’ Bowling Division Committees within the club have taken differing views on the current COVID-19 situation which means there is slightly different advice for our members.

Both Divisions understand the importance for people to feel connected and to enjoy activities that do not put themselves or others at heightened risk.  Members and guests are welcome to use the Club facilities, including the Bowls Greens, if they abide by the health and safety guidelines which are published throughout the club.

The “COVID-19 Bowls Protocols” (see below) must be followed for rollups and organised games.

Games controlled by Men’s Bowling Division

The following games will continue until further notice,

  • All called club championship games
  • Monday’s 100 Club
  • Wednesday Evening Social Bowls
  • Thursday Men’s Pairs
  • Saturday Social Bowls

Games controlled by Ladies Bowling Division

The key messages from the Ladies are,

  • All club championship games are suspended until further notice
  • Tuesday social games are suspended until further notice
  • Informal, self-organised social bowls may be played on Tuesday mornings. Green fees to be paid over the bar.
  • Ladies may play in the social events organised by the Men (Wednesday Evening and Saturdays)

Both Divisions will monitor the situation and will review regularly.

The Greens will continue to be prepared for organised games until further notice.

Fri 20th March 2020 Upcoming Events
  Bender in the Grass will go ahead as planned, with the COVID-19 conditions implemented. There will be NO Sunday session on Bender in the Grass in April.
Fri 20th March 2020 COVID-19 – Message from Club Manager (Tristan Furniss PH: 3851 1889) 
  The Club is still open for business as usual.  The Club continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are following government advice and as result have taken the following measures:

  • Every second gaming machine is not playable (to support social distancing).
  • All staff have completed a certificate on Infection Control Training – COVID19″
  • Increased soap around the venue
  • Signs around The Club regarding COVID-19
  • Increased spacing between tables
  • Disinfecting gaming machines, registration counters, toilets and door handles, surfaces and equipment continuously throughout the day
  • Thoroughly disinfecting all chairs, tables and bars

Please remember to stay home if you are feeling unwell, regularly wash your hands and abide by the social distancing rules

Thank you for your cooperation!

Fri 20th March 2020 COVID-19 – Bowls Protocol – Please Read
  We will issue specific protocols for our bowls events in the very near future. In the meantime, we expect that individuals will make their own assessments and in the short term, none of our events represent a sufficiently large ‘gathering’ to cause heightened levels of risk for members and others participating.

It is your choice if you wish to participate or not. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home!

Bowls Protocol

  1. Ensure your hands are washed and cleaned regularly in accordance with standard recommendations.
  2. Ensure your interaction with all others is in accordance with standard recommendations regarding proximity, physical contact, sickness etc..
  3. No hand shakes or high fives
  4. At all times use your own, clean bowls cloth when picking up the kitty and the mat
  5. Do not use your bowls cloth for any other purpose than for bowls – only use it for wiping your bowls and picking up the kitty and mat. Do not use it for any personal hygiene activities.
  6. Prior to the start of a game, agree with your own team and your opposing team that no players will pick up or touch any other players’ bowls with their hands.
  7. Use your feet to move bowls away from the head and always be careful and aware of others when doing this.
  8. If a bowl from another rink enters your rink, do not pick it up – simply use your feet to move the bowl back to the other rink.
  9. Each bowler should remove their own bowls from the ditch.
  10. During the game ensure that you do not put your hands near your mouth after handling your bowls.
  11. Wipe your bowls regularly with a clean cloth.
  12. Use your own spray or pen to mark bowls that have touched the kitty.
  13. Use your own equipment to measure during a game.
  14. At the end of the game put your own bowls in your bowls bag.
  15. At the end of the game pick up the matts and kitty with your bowls cloth and put this equipment away in the normal manner
  16. Wash your hands
  17. When you get home – wash your bowls and your bowls cloth – ready for the next game.