The 2023 Council for Mackay City Bowls Club L-R: Jeff Neeve, Paul McKay, Joe Taylor, Dennis Frederickson, Mike Beale, Ian Nicolas, Vince McSherry, Warren Sturgeon & Mike Newberry

Mackay City celebrates 100 years

by bqmedia

Mackay City Bowls Club celebrated its centenary recently with a three-day event, kicking off with a wine and cheese party on Friday night, February 3.

Past and present members were joined by Bowls Queensland President Peter Williamson and Vice President Kerry Green, who congratulated the club on its achievements since 1923.

Member for Mackay, Julieanne Gilbert MP praised the club’s community spirit, while Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson, congratulated all and reminded the club of their humble beginnings.

Club President Warren Sturgeon acknowledged ‘the many’ who had gone before and sustained the club for all its years. He made mention that as today’s custodians, may members continue to keep ‘CITY’ alive and prosperous well into the future.

The club was festooned with memorabilia, with achievements, photographs, trophies, newspaper clippings and pennant flags proudly on display.

Saturday’s games had a vintage feel about them when member Gary Putland arrived in his vintage car, with the family dressed in their finest vintage clothing all ready for a game of bowls.

Saturday night was the formal dinner, with festivities concluding on the Sunday with a fours tournament.
All districts sent a fours team, which meant that 36 teams were there to help celebrate this significant milestone and play some good bowls.

A weekend of formality and fun and the popular memorabilia display will be long remembered by all.
“Many thanks to BQ’s Peter Williamson and Kerry Green for their attendance over our Centenary Weekend” Warren Sturgeon said.

“Their presence, kind words and willingness to participate in all the planned activities helped make this a memorable time in our club’s history.”

Ladies President Marie Frederickson presenting gifts to President Warren Sturgeon
BQ President Peter Williamson presenting a Centenary plaque to Warren Sturgeon, Mackay City BC President
Youngest member of the club, Ashlee Knight, who was recently selected for the High Performance Academy
Gary and Ann Putland at ‘Historical Bowls’
Past Presidents L-R: Vince McSherry, Des Menzies & Snow Oschatz
L-R: Kerry Green (Vice President BQ), Scott Cronin (District President) & Vince McSherry (Patron)
Gary and Ann Putland with family arriving in their Vintage Whippet model 96 (1927) car on Saturday afternoon for ‘Historical Bowls’ at Mackay City
Life members cutting the cake L-R: Vince McSherry, Snow Oschatz & Peter Wright