A note from our Greens-keeper: The BLBC greens are closed for maintenance. As the picture shows, when we mean maintenance, we mean it! We expect the work to be completed by February 14. Thanks to our Greens-keeper and the volunteer labor of our members, we will have the green in good shape for bowling when the weather turns nicer. See you then!
We had a wonderful day of bowling yesterday at the club. Beautiful blue skies graced the whole day, the green was it’s usual impeccable self and the level of competition was a credit to the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club. Many thanks to those that helped make the day run smoothly – Annie for rolling the green and then marking all day, Susan Jamart for providing help and snacks. Bob, Rolly and Cathy also for spending the whole day marking the games. Without them the day would not have been the same.
Ten participants played three random draw games to decide the top four players that would advance to the knock out round. After the first three games there were two undefeated players: Robin Hoey and Gareth Cole (the defending champion) and three players who were 2-1. Cris Benton and Andy Vevers squeaked by into the play offs on plus points, with Frankie Napoli unluckily missing out by one solitary point!
The Semi Finals were Gareth versus Cris and Rob versus Andy. Gareth squeaked out a win in a very close contested game against Cris and Andy managed to overcome after being down early against Rob. So the final was our Tournament Director, Andy, against the defending champion, Gareth. In what was an entertaining game to watch, Andy luckily managed to squeeze out the win and became the 2019 Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club’s Singles Champion!
Thanks again to everyone that helped make the day a great success.
September is busy at the BLBC. We will be running competitions every Saturday in September, which means we will not have lessons on Saturdays. We will still have lessons available for Sunday and encourage you to come then to learn more about lawn bowling.
There will be no lessons this Saturday in order to run the annual BLBC Triples Tournament. Feel free to come by and watch some impressive competitive bowling!
Due to expected rain on Saturday, no lawn bowling lessons will be held on Saturday. We hope to see you on the green soon!
Anticipated rain for Saturday means no bowling or coaching will be available at the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Green this Saturday. We hope to see you soon once the weather improves.
Saturday, April 15 saw the 2017 Meat Axe Challenge Tournament held at the Palo Alto Club. The annual contest pits Berkeley against PALBC in a match-up that has almost the intensity and rivalry of the Cal-Stanford game, except that this is lawn bowling rather than football, so is a bit more decorous.
Long story short, although we fielded 6 strong Berkeley teams, all bedecked in the spiffy new Club colors, we were unable to hold on to the trophy that has hung on the Clubhouse wall these past two years. After two sets of six triples games (morning and afternoon), the overall result was 9-3 in favor of the spirited Palo Alto players.
Accordingly, we had to hand over the cleaver until next year when the venue returns to Berkeley, and, hopefully, the trophy returns to its rightful home.
With appreciation to all BLBC members who participated and to the Palo Alto Club, which, as always, organized a fine sporting event.
Fifteen Berkeley bowlers made the trip to Palo Alto on Saturday, January 21st, for this year’s battle for the meat axe. Two triples matches were played under crisp, clear winter skies. In the end, it was Berkeley seven, Palo Alto 3 and the coveted trophy was returned to its rightful place in the Berkeley clubhouse.
The BLBC is proud to announce that it has been awarded the 2014 Best Retro Sports Activity in the East Bay by the East Bay Express, the free weekly magazine of news and culture. We owe this achievement to the hard work of all who have contributed to the maintenance and promulgation of the Club, not least Dave Rockhold, who insisted we publicize our “retro” appeal, Cris Benton, who devised our snazzy new website that has drawn a lot of viewers, and Ann Brillhart, who has managed the campaign to get groups and companies to use the Club as a venue for parties, team-building sessions and so on. They have been ably assisted by many others, especially those who have devoted hours to coaching newbies, both “walk-ins” to our Saturday and Sunday lessons, as well as the groups, sometimes 50 or more who have enjoyed the Club’s facilities.
To further publicize our status, we have had local graphic designer, Ian Ransley, create a great new Club poster (pictured), which will be prominently featured at our booth for the 40th Annual Solano Stroll on Sunday September 14. The Stroll is one of Berkeley/Albany’s “must” events of the year—a mile long festivity that includes food, music, fun stuff for kids, and many local non-profits. We will be in a prime location—just outside Andronico’s near the north end of Solano Avenue. Members are encouraged to show up (no need for “whites”), lend a hand if you can, but especially bring a non-bowling friend.
The booth will be set up around 9/10am and will be staffed throughout the day until the close of the Stroll at 6pm.
UPDATE June 27: People walking by the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Green may notice some members bowling and playing matches. In coordination with Berkeley’s Parks and Recreation Department and the city’s Department of Public Health, the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club’s board of directors provisionally decided to allow club members to return to bowling in several stages that follow specific and mandatory guidelines. The board and city agencies created these rules with the goals of keeping our members and community safe and to prevent the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus.
For members to be allowed to bowl at the green, they must follow the city’s guidelines on social distancing and face masks as well the board’s protocols and rules for playing bowls during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any member bowling must acknowledge receipt of the guidelines and rules and agree to follow them. Additionally, any play on the Berkeley Green is by appointment only, and any bowler must receive an email confirmation from our volunteer games manager before coming to the green for play.
Once there, the BLBC members will limit their social interactions and use enhanced hygiene practices with any commonly used lawn bowling equipment. Volunteers at the end of the day will clean all club gear used for play before returning it to storage. The BLBC works due to the volunteer work of its members, and it is important to appreciate the contributions of the bowlers working to make bowling possible during this crisis.
Unfortunately, these guidelines, rules, and restrictions prevent the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club from offering its free lessons and instruction at this time. We look forward to being able to fulfill this part of our mission — to introduce more of our community to the game of bowls — again soon. We miss seeing our local friends and neighbors and also miss meeting our new potential bowlers. Until we can all be on the green again, be safe and well.
GO OUT AND PLAY!
FREE LESSONS SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 10 UNTIL NOON.
VOTED BEST RETRO SPORTS ACTIVITY BY READERS OF EAST BAY EXPRESS
We provide the equipment; all you need is flat bottom shoes. Just drop by.
Classes also available by appointment – Call Jim at 510 644 2249.
Outdoor bowling on a bowling green is a classic sport that goes back hundreds of years and continues today in Berkeley. The retro sport we love is modern day fun out in the fresh air. Walt Disney was an avid lawn bowler.
Please, stop by and check out the action be it lessons or just to watch on Wednesday or Friday afternoon. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
Already know how to bowl? Day use fees for lawn bowling are just $5 per day for Berkeley residents and $5.50 for non residents. Phone (510) 841-2174.
Draw games for members and guests are normally held on Wednesday and Friday. Please arrive or call by 12:15. Games begin at 12:30. Spontaneous draw games, practice sessions, and special sessions have become quite common.
If you are interested in having your own special event at our facility, please contact us or drop by during one of the draw games. Our facilities can accommodate around 50 people for receptions, meetings, or team building events. We can provide bowling instruction or simply a rental venue with cooking facilities.
Check out our tongue-in-cheek video for a quick look at lawn bowling Curling (without the ice) Check the links page for even more information.