New Junior League for Next-Gen Bowlers

by Sean O'Kane

A new junior bowls competition is set to launch across Metropolitan Melbourne to provide competitive playing opportunities to bowlers under the age of 18.

Bowls Victoria’s Junior League is a weekend morning competition designed to enhance playing opportunities for junior bowlers where they can bowl against their peers, whilst representing a Bowls Victoria Club.

Played over eight weeks across October and November, the competition is open to any bowler who is a junior with a Bowls Victoria club and is under 18 years of age on Saturday October 12.

The competition will also serve to connect juniors who participate in Bowls Victoria’s school and Roll Up programs with a local Metropolitan club and, if already playing Pennant for their club, offer an opportunity to talented juniors to play with other under-18 players.

Member Services and Events Manager Sean O’Kane is excited about the new junior competition and is keen to see Metropolitan clubs jump on board and support the competition.

“It’s time our sport put a junior playing option on the table for clubs, however, to make this competition come to life we need clubs to support this initiative and invest in junior bowls,” O’Kane said.

“Our sport is such an easy sell to parents and juniors. It’s a social, accessible, non-contact sport that is unpredictable because anyone can win, but right now, Bowls currently has limited opportunities in the market at club level for junior players,”

“We are a long way behind other sports in terms of junior competitions and we’re seeking to change that by introducing a short, sharp, product tailored to under-18s who are keen to get involved in our sport.”

“Each year, over 8,000 Victorian school students, both primary and secondary, engage in a Bowls Victoria school bowls program. We want to retain and develop this interest in our sport for the long term and to do that, we need an inter-club competition that is structured and run consistently across all clubs.”

As part of the Junior League, clubs who enter a team will receive their own branding for use. An example of these are below.


Bowls Victoria is encouraging all Metropolitan clubs to consider taking this opportunity to invest in the next generation of bowlers by entering a team in this competition. The season will get underway on October 12 and will culminate with the Grand Final on November 30. Entries close September 6 and clubs can register a team now.