Men’s Bowls – A Century of Achievements

Men's Bowls - A Century of Achievements

100 years of bowls history encompasses many achievements so you cannot describe them all.  There are a few that stand out however.

 Trips Away

Murwillumbah Trip 1927

These days it is only a short trip to Murwillumbah from Brisbane but just think of how it was back in 1927.  We doubt that it was a day trip for a game of bowls. What great diplomats of bowls these guys were.

Windsor Bowlers also travelled to Bribie Island for a game or two on a regular basis.  Fittingly in 1929 Windsor Bowlers were instrumental in establishing the Bribie island Bowls Club which is still going strong today.

Our first victory

It came in 1936 when Windsor wins the Metropolitan Pairs and are runners-up in State Pairs.  This was followed quickly in 1937 in winning the Metropolitan Veterans Fours and again in 1940 and the Metropolitan Fours 1942. Many more titles followed in the many decades to come.

Our first Life member

In 1941 Chas Taylor MLA is made the First Life Member of Windsor Bowling Club.

Our First Pennant Flag

After being successful at Metropolitan Events and State Titles for a number of years in 1944 Windsor win their first ever Pennant Flag in Division 3.

A few years later in 1947 Windsor won its first Division 1 Pennant – the flag was unfurled on 2 August that year.

Representatives at the highest level

In 1947 Joe Gibson was elected President of the Australian Bowling Council.

In 1950 Chris Clarke was elected State Selector and Joe Green was elected Chairman Greens Committee and Delegate to Australian Bowling Council.  Paul Maggs became Greens Adviser to Queensland Bowling Association (QBA) and Tom Strachan Vice President QBA.

Ron Marshall was selected as the Australian Team Captain for the British Empire and Commonwealth Games to be held in Cardiff, Wales in 1958. He competed in the Men’s Pairs and finished 4th.

In 1969 Joe McAvoy was honoured by the Queen with a Companion of the British Empire (CBE).

These are just some of the ‘greats’ Windsor has produced.

More Pennant Wins – 3 in 1 Year

In 1957 Windsor won 1st, 2nd and 4th Division Pennants.  The first time in the annals of bowls in Qld for a Club to win 3 flags in a single year.

In 1960 Windsor won 1st Division Pennant.  Whilst the Club continued to win many events over the coming decades the beginning of the big drought in regards to Pennant flag started.

1964 At this stage in the history of Windsor Bowling Club, nine Pennant Flags had been won namely 4 Firsts, 1 second, 2 thirds, 1 fourth, 1 fifth.

Record number of bowlers

Late 50's or early 60's

Windsor bowlers in the late fifties and early 60s were a force to be contended with.

First Televised Game of Lawn Bowls in Qld

1965 The Metropolitan Singles Final is televised by the ABC from Windsor Bowls Club in a first for Lawn Bowls in Queensland.


The Drought is Broken

In 2000, Windsor Division 3 win the Pennant Finals at Samford Bowls Club breaking the 40 year drought since the last pennant flag was won by Windsor in 1960.

This signalled the start of another “Golden Era” for the bowls club going on to win a total of 15 pennant flags over the next two decades.


Finishing on a High

As a Centenary bonus we had the honour of winning the Division 2 Pennant and were promoted to Division 1 to start our 2nd Century.

2020 - 93 years later the uniform has changed