Updated: Monday October 19th 2020.

The following are proposed dates for returning to play, and are subject to further advice from the Victorian Government (Sport and Recreation Victoria) and Vicsport, as Bowls Victoria navigates through the recent lockdowns and outbreaks of COVID-19.

These updates aim to ensure as much notice is given to clubs before re-commencing Bowls Competitions in Victoria, when it is safe to do so.

Following the Premier’s recent announcements and the advice given to Bowls Victoria Clubs on August 14, Bowls Victoria provides the following update in relation to Events and Competitions for the 2020/2021 Bowls Season.

Please keep up to date with further announcements on the Bowls Victoria Website.

2020/21 Metropolitan Pennant Season (revised dates)

Commencement Dates:
Thursday 26th November 2020 (Thursday 7-a-side)
Saturday 28th November 2020 (Weekend Pennant)
Tuesday 1st December 2020 (Midweek Pennant)

After receiving up to date advice from the Victorian Government on Sunday and Monday, a decision has been made to delay the Pennant season by 3 weeks, aiming to commence the new Thursday 7-a-side Competition on Thursday November 26th, Metropolitan Weekend Pennant on Saturday November 28th and Metropolitan Midweek Pennant on Tuesday December 1st.

In addition to health and safety, the delay in the commencement of the season provides clubs the opportunity to plan and assess their member’s willingness to return to their bowling clubs as restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne begin to ease over the coming weeks.

COVID protocols must be adhered to by all clubs, which will continue to be updated by Bowls Victoria as part of the Return to Play Guidelines.

Updated Metropolitan Pennant timeline:

Thursday October 22 – Clubs will receive an updated Provisional Metropolitan Pennant Draw for Weekend Pennant, Midweek Pennant and 7-a-side Competitions.

Monday November 2nd – Clubs will have until Monday November 2 to advise of any team additions or withdrawals for the season ahead. All updates and changes must be sent directly to bvpennant@gmail.com.

Monday November 9th – A decision will be made on this date by Bowls Victoria to proceed with the proposed dates of Metropolitan Pennant, or postpone competitions to a January start.

Monday November 16th – If a decision is made on November 9th by Bowls Victoria to commence the Pennant season on November 28th, the final draw will be released on November 16th. The final draw will also include promotion & relegation information for the upcoming season and how this evolves into the 2021/22 Metropolitan Pennant Season.

Monday November 23rd – If a decision is made to commence the Pennant season on November 28th, clubs will have access to all teams on Bowls Link by this date.

Thursday November 26th (Expected) – Round 1 Thursday 7-a-side Competition Commences.

Saturday November 28th (Expected) – Round 1 Weekend Pennant Commences.

Tuesday December 1st (Expected) – Round 1 Midweek Pennant Commences.

NB: In order to play Pennant Bowls, you need to be financial. Please pay your fees as soon as possible…Thank you.