Saturday, 29th March, 2014
By Ethan James
Clubs fear for future of indoor sport
Indoor bowls in Broken Hill would be in dire straits if the Musicians’ Club was to close, according to some of the city’s bowlers.
With the closure of Club Legion this month, a number of teams were forced to move to the Musos.
Two men’s and three mixed teams had Club Legion as their home base. The club also hosted a range of ladies’ events.
But with the venue under administration, the long-term future of indoors bowls is uncertain.
“Indoor bowls in Broken Hill, in general, would have been grossly affected if we didn’t have the Musos now as a venue,” said Steve Bennetts, captain of the Lairs men’s team.
“It’s the only facility in town that is big enough and with enough space to hold six mats comfortably.”
Mr Bennetts said that all indoor bowlers had been keeping a close eye on developments a the Musos.
“As I’m sure many people were, we were also anxiously awaiting the outcome of the creditors’ meeting on Thursday,” he said.
“But it’s staying open and it looks like we’ll have a venue for the next 12 months at least.”
Mr Bennett says the Musicians’ Club would also now be the venue for the Broken Hill Mixed Indoor Bowls tournament over the Easter weekend.
It features about 24 local teams as well as others from South Australia and Victoria.
“We have about 90 people in total coming from away for the tournament, so we’re glad that we have the venue now confirmed,” Mr Bennetts said.
“We actually booked the basketball courts as a backup.
“It will also help the Musos in a small way and generate something for them, as well as for accommodation in town.”
The local men’s indoor bowls finals will be held on Tuesday, with the winter season to begin the following week.
“We can now start working on draws and everything, knowing where we’ll be playing,” Mr Bennetts said.
The BH Golf and Country Club and the South Golf Club are possible indoor bowls venues if the Musicians’ Club does close.
The Legion men’s teams, the Flags and Lairs, are now playing under the banner of the Musicians’ Club.
“We need members to really get behind the club and support it by hanging around for the social aspect after games,” Mr Bennetts said.
“They have been great and welcomed us with open arms when we approached them after the Legion shut.
“But I’m just glad we have a home for the time being.”