Bendigo VRI Bowls Club

126-130 Mitchell St, Quarry Hill VIC 3550

We compete in the Regional Pennant Competition, and have a long and rich history behind us.

New members welcomed, we run regular tournaments in the season, along with social bowls and other activities.

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BENDIGO VRI BOWLS CLUB Annual Sports Report 2020

The 2019-2020 season has been an unusual season due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. We were placed in lockdown in March and later returned with restrictions and then returned to lockdown until September. There have been many cancellations of events across the Bowling Calendar affecting all bowlers and Clubs at all levels.

The pennant teams were very competitive, Div 7 Weekend made the finals, congratulations to the team. Division 3 mid-week played very well and will hold held their position in Division 3 when pennant resumes next season. Division 9 Weekend played well against their opponents and if they didn’t win they made the opposition play hard to beat them.  

The attendance for the tournaments was very good with the trial of evening tournaments proving very successful. Thanks to the teams who attended tournaments at other Clubs throughout the season.

We thank the sponsors for these events. The meat trays for the raffles were supplied by meats on Mitchell and were a great success. Special thanks to our Sponsor Kangaroo Flat Fish Shop for their donation of a free fish and chip tea. This was enjoyed by all who attended.

Congratulations to the players who were successful in the Club games and thanks to all who participated in the events.


Club Championship

Mens Winner P. Simmons  Runner up: M. McMahon

Ladies Winner:  S. Huggard Runner up:  B. Hawkins

21 up

Winner: G. Veale   Runner up: S. Wilkinson


Not Held


Winners: P. Milburn P.Simmons   Runners up:  P. Williams D. Williams

President’s Day

P. Milburn  V. Evans S. Ryan  


The match played with the Victorian Blind Bowlers was enjoyed by all who played. They will be returning next February and we look forward to the opportunity to host their visit once again. They voted us as one of the best Clubs they visit for our hospitality and fun.

The social bowls on Tuesdays and Saturdays had good attendances at the times we were able to play under the restrictions imposed on all bowlers. There were times that practice was allowed and this was taken up by a few bowlers.

A lot of work has been under taken at the Club during the past year. The main areas were painted. The kitchen has been completely re-fitted. The bar flooring was replaced. And a new door was fitted to the men’s toilet. Thanks to all who assisted in these projects any many small maintenance jobs. It was a great effort and it is appreciated by all of the members.

Thank you to all who have volunteered for afternoon teas, worked around the club, turned up for working bees or attended to any small task that occurred from time to time. Without your help the Club would not function. The small jobs are just as important as the larger projects.

Thanks to Elizabeth Wilkinson for your support for me as Assistant Secretary. Your help has been invaluable to me. Your keeping the Facebook page up to date has been a source of information for many people and they look forward to reading the happenings that are going the around the Club.

Special thanks to the Committees who have given their time to carry out their duties willingly on your behalf throughout the past season. Despite all of the difficulties we faced this year a lot has been achieved. We know there are still to be restrictions to face in the coming year but if we face them together as they arise we can look forward to another great year of friendship fellowship and fun.


Marjorie Gorrie, Secretary, Bendigo VRI Bowls Club


Premier District Centre Award 2019 - Bendigo VRI Bowls

The VRI Board of management is pleased to announce that the Bendigo VRI Bowls club has been awarded the Premier District Centre of the year award, for the continued support to players of all abilities.

In 2019 the VRI Board has recognised the outstanding contribution the club has made through its interaction with various community groups. The club provides lawn bowls games and activities to the local primary school and other local clubs and organisations. In particular it provides people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in a friendly stress-free sporting activity. Currently the club assists over 40 people, who have either an acquired brain injury or with a learning disability to enjoy the game of lawn bowls. The bowls club itself has two members who are deaf and one blind member, all of whom play at a competitive pennant level.

While the bowling greens sees much of the activity, the club room is also extensively used by local groups including the Bendigo Artist Group and Latrobe University, who provide cooking classes for individuals with learning disabilities.    

The VRI Board acknowledges the fantastic services the club provides to both it’s VRI members and the local community groups and is proud to acknowledge this through the Premier Centre Award.

Award presented by David Matthews (VRI President) to Vern Evans (Bendigo VRI Bowls Club President)
Club presentation lunch



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Join the club

I would encourage everybody and anybody to join the VRI. It’s a community and family that have been welcoming to me and my family. There are so many benefits and activities to participate and socialise to meet new people. BILL MITREVSKI  VRI Member