Moama – the host with the most
Moama Bowling Club’s stunning new bowls redevelopment is set for completion mid-2017, and will be a truly world-class venue for hosting bowls, including Bowls Victoria events.
Work on the $5 million bowls redevelopment is set for completion by August – as the progressive club moves towards becoming the first choice for Victorian State, national and international bowls events in Australia.
The stunning undercover/outdoor facility will have four greens – two undercover, two grass – with a high-quality, eye-catching roof already erected to cover the synthetic greens.
Also already built are the grass greens, which could be played on now.
Work is now underway on the brand new bowls clubhouse, sports bar, viewing areas, barbecues and decking, and other finishing touches.
Originally slated for completion in time for the Champion of State Pennant tournaments in May, inclement weather in the Echuca/Moama region meant delays pushed that timeframe back.
Instead of rushing to deadline, what that now means is Moama Bowling Club will take a few extra months over the winter to make a world-class venue absolutely perfect for kick-off.
The first event at the new venue is likely to be the National Arm Bowling Championships in September.
Victoria is hosting that event. Along with the revived Champion of State Pennant tournaments Moama is hosting in May, it’s unlikely to be the last hosting gig for Moama – a Bowls Victoria-affiliated club.
Bowls Victoria will hold Champion of State Pennant at Moama Bowling Club until at least 2019.
Bowls Victoria’s other key events annually are the Vic Open (Shepparton), State Champions Week (Bendigo), Men’s Region Sides (Corowa), Women’s Region Sides (Murray Downs near Swan Hill).
State Champions Week and Men’s Region Sides have just come out of contract following the 2017 events run in April.
Bowls Victoria also hosts Test series against Tasmania, South Australia and New South Wales. Moama’s proximity to Melbourne Airport (a comfortable two-hour drive) puts it firmly in the frame for fly-in, fly-out events, including possible national championships.
Moama also backs the Murray Steamers in Bowls Australia’s Bowls Premier League. The club is also likely to seek hosting rights for the BPL once the new facility is completed.
The pictures below give you a sneak peek at Moama’s new facility, and how it looks in May 2017.