UPDATED: 2020/21 State Event & Competition Dates

by Sean O'Kane

Updated: Friday August 14th 2020.

The following are proposed dates for returning to play, and are subject to further advice from the Victorian Government (Sport and Recreation Victoria) and Vicsport, as Bowls Victoria navigates through the recent lockdowns and outbreaks of COVID-19.

These updates aim to ensure as much notice is given to clubs before re-commencing Bowls Competitions in Victoria, when it is safe to do so.

2020 Victorian State, Over 60s, and Novice Championships:
Expected: Late October 2020
Alternative Option: January 2021

Given the recent restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne & Regional Victoria and to ensure safety of all players, Bowls Victoria will now aim to play these events during late October.

If the situation arises where matches cannot be played in October 2020, the alternate dates for Championships will be early to mid-January 2021.
All players will be advised of future dates and venues as soon as it is safe to release. We will endeavour to provide three weeks’ notice before any event.

Should any players intend on having a coach present, they are required to register their coach’s details prior to the event. This can be done by sending an e-mail to Sean O’Kane at Bowls Victoria: seano@bowlsvic.org.au

2020 Victorian Open

In conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council, Bowls Victoria is extremely disappointed to advise that the 2020 Victorian Open has been cancelled. The event was due to take place in Shepparton from Friday November 20th through to Friday November 27th 2020.

This was a very difficult decision for Bowls Victoria to make, as we know so many bowlers look forward to this event each year, but we promise to be back bigger and better in 2021.

2020/21 Metropolitan Pennant Season
Expected: November 2020
Alternative Option: January 2021

After originally stating an 18-round season will take place for this season’s Metropolitan Pennant Competition from September 26th, we wish to advise that due to the 2nd outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria, the starting date will be postponed to later in 2020.

The Metropolitan Pennant Season will now be scheduled to commence on Saturday November 7th (Weekend Pennant) and Tuesday November 10th (Midweek Pennant).

Aside from Premier Division, the competition structures for the Midweek & Weekend Pennant seasons will now be 14 rounds across the home and away season, followed by a regular finals season, concluding in late March.

Divisions will be comprised of 10 sections of 8 teams (5 sections of 8 teams for Division 1), minimising travel requirements for clubs. The Premier Division competition structure will be confirmed in late August. Promotion and relegation information will be released in our late September update.

New Competitions (6-a-side & 7-a-side):
After a positive response from the Metropolitan Pennant entries gathered in July, both the 6-a-side Spring Saturday Morning Competition and the Spring Thursday 7-a-side Competition will run this season. More information will be sent to clubs on the 7-a-side Competition soon. This competition will have no entry fee for the first two seasons (Spring & Summer).

Future Pennant Information:
We ask Clubs and players to be flexible for Season 20/21 as Bowls Victoria evaluates scenarios around returning to play Metropolitan Pennant.
Bowls Victoria will need to be given permission from the Victorian State Government for the number of players to return to 32 per green due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Alternative timeslots for play may be required for clubs that have more sides entered than green space available, given the level of COVID-19 restrictions that may continue to be in place.

For planning purposes, Bowls Victoria will assess the likelihood of continuing with the below schedule, and by the end of September will make a decision as to whether starting at a later date will be in the best interests of the health and safety of our Pennant playing members.

At the end of September, if Bowls Victoria proceeds with the below dates, a provisional draw will be sent to clubs following the announcement.

If health and safety is a concern for commencing Pennant in November, a later commencement date would involve a compacted season commencing on Saturday January 16th (Weekend Pennant) and Tuesday 19th January (Midweek Pennant), for as many weeks as possible, noting we have several plans in place should this occur.

The new dates of all competitions are listed below:

Weekend Pennant (16-a-side)
Round 1 Saturday November 7
Round 2 Saturday November 14
Round 3 Saturday November 21
Round 4 Saturday November 28
Round 5 Saturday December 5
Round 6 Saturday December 12
Round 7 Saturday December 19
Round 8 Saturday January 23
Round 9 Saturday January 30
Round 10 Saturday February 6
Round 11 Saturday February 13
Round 12 Saturday February 20
Round 13 Saturday February 27
Round 14 Saturday March 6
Sectional Semi Final Saturday March 13
Sectional Final Sunday March 14
Divisional Quarter Final Saturday March 20
Divisional Semi Final Sunday March 21
Divisional Grand Final Saturday March 27

Midweek Pennant (12-a-side)
Round 1 Tuesday November 10
Round 2 Tuesday November 17
Round 3 Tuesday November 24
Round 4 Tuesday December 1
Round 5 Tuesday December 8
Round 6 Tuesday December 15
Round 7 Tuesday January 19
Round 8 Wednesday January 27
Round 9 Tuesday February 2
Round 10 Tuesday February 9
Round 11 Tuesday February 16
Round 12 Tuesday February 23
Round 13 Tuesday March 2
Round 14 Tuesday March 9
Sectional Semi Final Tuesday March 16
Sectional Final Thursday March 18
Divisional Quarter Final Tuesday March 23
Divisional Semi Final Thursday March 25
Divisional Grand Final Tuesday March 30
6-a-side Spring Season (Saturday Morning)
Round 1 Saturday November 7
Round 2 Saturday November 14
Round 3 Saturday November 21
Round 4 Saturday November 28
Round 5 Saturday December 5
Semi Finals Saturday December 12
Grand Finals Saturday December 19

6-a-side Summer Season (Saturday Morning)
Round 1 Saturday February 6
Round 2 Saturday February 13
Round 3 Saturday February 20
Round 4 Saturday February 27
Round 5 Saturday March 6
Semi Finals Saturday March 13
Grand Finals Saturday March 20

7-a-side Spring Season (Thursday)
Round 1 Thursday November 5
Round 2 Thursday November 12
Round 3 Thursday November 19
Round 4 Thursday November 26
Round 5 Thursday December 3
Semi Finals Thursday December 10
Grand Finals Thursday December 17

7-a-side Summer Season (Thursday)
Round 1 Thursday February 4
Round 2 Thursday February 11
Round 3 Thursday February 18
Round 4 Thursday February 25
Round 5 Thursday March 4
Semi Finals Thursday March 11
Grand Finals Thursday March 18

If you have any questions about Metropolitan Pennant, please e-mail Sean O’Kane at seano@bowlsvic.org.au

Junior League
Expected November 2020

The 2020 Junior League is also shifting commencement date to later in the year and will now start on Sunday November 8.

Junior League
Round 1 Sunday November 8
Round 2 Sunday November 15
Round 3 Sunday November 22
Round 4 Sunday November 29
Round 5 Sunday December 6
Semi Finals & Grand Finals Sunday December 13

Players that have already entered a team into the League and turn 18 during the time period October 11th – November 7th will still be permitted to play.

For more information on Junior League, please contact Clare Hockey at participation@bowlsvic.org.au

Under-18 State Championships 

The 2020 Under 18 State Championships have been postponed. The event that was originally scheduled for Monday September 21st – Thursday September 24th, 2020, at Shepparton Park Bowls Club, will now be played in January with a venue and dates to be determined. No new entries will be accepted.

If players who have entered the 2020 event have since turned 18, they will still be permitted to participate.

The 2021 Under 18 Championships will still be held in April 2021. For more information or any questions, please e-mail Clare Hockey at participation@bowlsvic.org.au

2020 Multi Disability Open Day

This event (originally schedule for Deer Park on September 27) has been postponed until further notice. Sign up to our email list if you would like to keep up-to-date on our bowls program for people with a disability.

2020 Victorian Schools Super Series

The 2020 event has been cancelled. The Department of Education have ceased all inter-school sporting events. With many school competitions still incomplete and some students required to travel to the event from across regional Victoria, it is unfortunately not possible for the event to go ahead this year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

2021 Novice Championships
March/April 2021

The 2021 Novice Singles Championships (Last 16, Quarter Finals and Semi Finals) will take place on Sunday March 7th at Mulgrave Country Club BC. The Final will be played at Bendigo East BC (at 2021 State Champions Week) on Saturday April 10th, 2021.

2021 State Disabilities Championships
April 2021

The 2021 State Disabilities Championships will be held at Golden Square BC and Bendigo East BC from Tuesday April 6th to Friday April 9th 2020.

For more information on the State Disabilities Championships, please e-mail our participation team at participation@bowlsvic.org.au

2021 State Champions Week
April 2021

Victorian State Champions Week will return to Bendigo East BC in 2021 from Friday April 9th through to Friday April 16th 2021.

2021 Over 60s Championships
April 2021

The 2021 Over 60s Championships will be held from Tuesday April 6th through to Friday April 9th at Bendigo BC.

2021 Women’s Country Carnival
April 2021
The 2021 Women’s Country Carnival will be held in Echuca/Moama from Sunday April 18th through to Friday April 23rd, 2021.

For more information and further updates please click here.

2021 Champion of State Pennant (Midweek and Weekend)
April 2021

The Champion of State Pennant Competition will return to Moama BC in 2021. This will be held on the 24th/25th April (Weekend Pennant) and the 26th/27th of April (Midweek Pennant).

2021 Region Sides Championships
April/May 2021

The 2021 Men’s and Women’s combined Region Sides event will be held in Shepparton across three venues (Shepparton Park BC, East Shepparton BC and Shepparton Golf BC) from Friday April 30th through to Sunday May 2nd.

2021 Indoor Singles Qualifying
July 2021

The 2021 Men’s and Women’s Indoor Singles Qualifying will be on the weekend of July 10th and 11th, 2021. The backup weekend for this event is the 17th and 18th of July, 2021. Similar to what was anticipated for the 2020 Indoor Singles event, this will be held at multiple indoor and undercover venues around Victoria.

To assist Regions, the following dates are required for qualifiers to be submitted to Bowls Victoria. Please note: these dates are subject to change given the unpredictable circumstances.

Novice Singles:
Monday 22nd February 2021
Over 60s & State Champions Week Participants:
Monday 22nd March 2021
Champion of State Pennant Teams:
Monday April 12 2021

For any questions around upcoming events, please e-mail Sean O’Kane at seano@bowlsvic.org.au