READY TO ROLL ON: North Burnett bowls clubs have are considering opening their greens to social play. Picture: Julian Lehnert.
READY TO ROLL ON: North Burnett bowls clubs have are considering opening their greens to social play. Picture: Julian Lehnert.

Burnett bowls players ready to roll onto greens

BOWLS: KEEN bowls players can roll up to their clubs this Saturday for their first social play of the season.

Bowls clubs across the region had to close their doors earlier this year due to the growing risk of the coronavirus.

The state government’s first stage of their coronavirus road map allows gatherings of up to 10 people in an outdoor setting.

Binjour Bowls Club treasurer Pat Darlington said she’ll be acting as the unofficial sanitation officer for the day’s play, starting at 2pm on May 23.

“We’re governed by Bowls Queensland, and we’ve had to wait for them to give the OK,” Mrs Darlington said.

“They’ve given us some strict rules to follow, and I’ve volunteered to oversee it so make sure everything's running smoothly.”

Bowls, mats, and more will be disinfected throughout the day, with bowlers having to register their names to play.

Scene from the Binjour Bowls Carnival in 2020. Picture: Julian Lehnert
Scene from the Binjour Bowls Carnival in 2020. Picture: Julian Lehnert

The clubhouse will unfortunately be closed until further restrictions are lifted.

“We’ve lost a fair bit of income with the clubhouse being shut,” she said.

“It’s not much good when it’s closed, and we’ve missed out on a lot of money for the club.”

The Binjour Bowls Club was to have a competition towards the end of June, but Mrs Darlington believes this will have to be postponed until later this year.

Their championships have also been half played, but she believes if restrictions continue to ease, then they’ll be completed at the end of the year.

Those interested to play must call Mrs Darlington to book, with the first 10 players accepted.

The Monto Bowls Club took to social media to announce they’ve also made the decision to open their greens for social roll ups on Sunday and Thursday afternoons.

Names need to be in by 12.30pm to play at 1pm, with the decision being made by their committee on May 17.

All coronavirus restrictions and precautions will be observed, with 10 players allowed on the green at a time.


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