Rochester Bowls Club Inc.



31 Victoria Street,

Rochester, Vic 3561

Ph: (03)5484 1105 





The first meeting of the Rochester Bowls Club was held on the 24th July 1907, with the first President being S. Haisman. Construction of the green began on the land in Moore St in from the old Police Camp , soil was taken from the river bank and sand from Mr Doherty’s paddock to form a base for the new green, Finance for the green was raised by issuing 30 debentures at two pound each. The Green was officially opened by the Echuca Shire Council in 1907, and play commenced in earnest shortly after. Electricity was connected to the Club Pavilion in 1916.


In October 1946 the land in Victoria St was purchased at a cost of 128 pounds & 14 shillings, and construction on the new site commenced in 1947, the new green was officially opened in 1949.


In August 1964 the construction of a new pavilion commenced, and more alterations were made over the years and the club is as you see it now.


Original Clubhouse Victoria Street 1959.






 What Is Happening Around the Club. 



Rochester trio of David Keenan, Ash Vesty, Cameron Keenan won the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division State Triples event and will now play in the Regional final at a later date. 

Their first game of the morning (Sunday) was against Barry Brad and Geoff Tinning. After a slow start they were down 7 nil, but they came good and went on to win by 4 shots. The afternoon game against the Moama trio of Brad, Peter Campbell and Mark Chaplin saw them play good bowls to win 17-9.

Photo of CVBD State Triples  Champions. Ash Vesty, Cameron Keenan, David Keenan 


Rochester has had good success this year at CVBD events with winning the men’s and ladies CVBD Novice events and the Men’s CVBD State Pairs and CVBD State Triples. 


Ladies Mid- Week pennant 

Division 1 were at home to Echuca and lost by 40 shots. 

Denise Pappin, Jenny Major, Rae Ault, Trish Costello defeated L Rooney 21-20 

Lyn Moon, Muriel Stack, Ev Nichol, Jeanette Kneebone lost to L Beattie 12-32 

Marg Knight, Marg Harley, Lorraine Bond, Yvonne Smolenaars lost to J Fairchild 18-39 

Marg Knight’s rink won the Kits Kafe Coffee encouragement award. 


Division 2 played at Moama and lost by 28 shots. 

Serena Sholl, Elaine Hall, Val Gledhill, Janet Rankin defeated S Abraham 26-21. 

Cheryl Anderson, Aileen Fiedler, Carol Cakebread, Beryl Elliott lost to B Bell 16-28

Jane McCallum, Rhonda Hynes, Heather Wilson, Mary Burrow lost to T Thompson 14-35. 


Owing to the Victorian open starting next Friday the ladies play their next round of pennant Today November 13th. 


On Friday 16th November will be the first round of the 100-up competition. 


In the Ladies Championship Rhonda Hynes defeated Elaine Hall, Jeanette Kneebone defeated Marg Harley.


In the first round of the 100 up Lorraine Bond defeated Jeanette Kneebone in a hard fought game. 


Week end pennant results. Division 1 played at Rich River and went down on the last bowl of the day. 

Ash Vesty, Garth Wiffen, John Weeks, Bobby Clayton defeated T Noar 33-23,  

Peter Holzer, Cameron Keenan, Bob Knight, John Boyd lost to S Barker 21-24, 

Richard Feuk, Kelvin Wiffen, Les Wales, Bruce Major lost to G Radford 19-27. 


Division 2 were at home to City of Echuca and lost by 30 shots. 

Don Gillies, Graham Willis, Hedley Moon, Ron Stranger lost to N West 17-27, 

Gerard Browne, Kevin McGreevy, Allan Crilly, Kevin Burrow lost to J Browne 20-30,

Peter Stahl, Bill Anderson, Francis Keech, Peter Stack lost to J Ferrier 17-27. 

P Stahl’s rink won the Rochester Hotel Meal Deal Voucher on a 3-way countback.


Division 3 were at City of Echuca and lost by 45 shots. 

Brian Jones, Mick Ellis, Anton Gusak, Kevin Hall lost to P Schram 22-31, 

David Murray, Mal Macraild, Kevin Dobson, Ron Gledhill lost to M Cunnington 21-36,

Ross Turner, Gavin Houlihan, David Marshall, Greg Watkins lost to L Beattie 10-31. 


Division 4 were the only Pennant winners as they defeated City of Echuca by 9 shots.

Clive Usher, Allan Benson, Noel Sexton, Brock Keenan defeated M Bennett 26-15,

Norm Christie, Des Hocking, Bert Smolenaars Bill Ault defeated D Hicks 22-20, 

Graham Prince, Geoff Briggs, Rod McAsey, Geoff McCarty lost to J Hollowood 19-23. 

Jim Stapleton 104 years old and Brock Keenan 10.4 years old. How good is that


The first-round matches of the Club Championship have been played and what great bowls we have witnessed. 

Robert Clayton played Hedley Moon and Clayton got off to a flier to lead 12-2, but then a new Moon arrived at the green and played good bowls after 22 ends the game was even at 14 each. From then on it was shot for shot with both bowlers playing top pressure bowls. Moon led 24-21 and held game but Clayton put in a top bowl two ends in a row to trail 23-24. On the last end both bowlers held game with the head changing 3 times, but it was Moon who put in the clincher to win 25-23.  

Richard Feuk and Garth Wiffen also played a high-quality game. Feuk bolted at the start scoring 6 on the first two ends. Wiffin caught up and the game was close to the finish with Feuk winning 25-23.   

Les Wales defeated Kevin Burrow, John Weeks defeated Kevin McGreevy, Kelvin Wiffin defeated Clive Usher, Peter Stack defeated Mal Macraild and Don Gillies ended a seven-game losing streak against Anton Gusak to finally win. Graham Willis defeated Kevin Dobson. 


Kevin McGreevy showed his wrong bias last Saturday was no fluke as he did it again in his singles game on Wednesday. Mal Macraild was also guilty of wrong bias in his singles and Marg Harley scored a double in her pennant match last Friday. 


In C Grade Allan Benson defeated David Murray, Gavin Houlihan defeated Norm Christie, Kevin Hall v Rod McAsey game went to overtime before Hall won. 

C Grade is at semi-final stage with G Prince V A Benson and K Hall V B Smolenaars. 

In B Grade Graham Prince defeated Glyn Francis. Hedley Moon nearly came back to Earth as he trailed Mal Macraild 17-18 but good bowling and a four on the last end gave him the win.


The B Green is to be renovated. Coring will be done on Wednesday 21st and Greenkeeper Darren would like four volunteers to help. The following Sunday (25th) at 10am sand will be spread in readiness for the Laser level on Monday morning. Please contact Darren if you can help with this project. 


Starting on Sunday 18th November is the five-week competition of the Twilight Bowls.

This event is a 2-4-2 Pairs any combination. The games are 4pm to 8pm. $8 per player.

Everyone welcome. Light food to follow bowls. 



A treat for this Friday tea as the head Chef is coming from Canberra just to cook for us. Put your name on the list in the foyer.









For information on coaching/ open days please contact the following.


David Keenan 0458335148


Marg Knight 0407093848

                    5484 3444


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