Turning up the turf

Turf: Member for Frome MP Geoff Brock with WBC members Marilyn Scott (treasurer), Glenys Pierce (secretary) and Steph Pierce (president). Photo: Chelsea Ashmeade.
Turf: Member for Frome MP Geoff Brock with WBC members Marilyn Scott (treasurer), Glenys Pierce (secretary) and Steph Pierce (president). Photo: Chelsea Ashmeade.

Thanks to a $25,000 grant, Watervale Bowling Club will soon have brand new greens.

Through the Active Club Program - a statewide program - the club applied for and received funding to upgrade their greens at their picturesque location.

WBC president Steph Pierce said it would be the first time in history new turf would be planted at the club.

"At a guess, it is the first time it has ever been done," Mr Pierce said.

In the 1960s the club increased its greens to include another rink, but nothing further had been upgraded since.

The current turf, Santa Anna, will be replaced with Tifdwarf which will provide a more finer blade of grass.

Mr Pierce said this season the Division one players would head to Mintaro as their home base and Division two would visit various locations to complete the year.

"Mintaro have been fantastic," he said.

With an aim of being back on the greens by early to mid March 2020, Mr Pierce said they looked forward to the new opportunities the upgrade would potentially bring.

Opportunities the whole club will be able to benefit from and the region, as a whole.

"The new greens will be a better surface to play on."

Mr Pierce said they would be able to host finals, something they can't currently do, and state competitions - helping to generate further income for the club.

WBC currently has 30 members, with age ranges from 20s through to mid 70s.

Mr Pierce said it was a social club where players had fun on and off the green.

The new greens will be a better surface to play on

Watervale Bowling Club president Steph Pierce

Presenting WBC with the certificate on Monday, Member for Frome MP Geoff Brock said it was great that small clubs had the opportunity to apply for these greants.

"They (the club) have put the hardwork in and now they will be seeing this (work come to life)," Mr Brock said.