$100,000 for Cowell synthetic green

NEW TURF: Cowell Bowling Club president Rodney Haywood with club members Russell Curtis, Robert Uddy, Bev Stocker, Richy Baker, Marilyn Curtis, Larry Wright, Angie Turner, Des Rehn and Denise Rehn.
NEW TURF: Cowell Bowling Club president Rodney Haywood with club members Russell Curtis, Robert Uddy, Bev Stocker, Richy Baker, Marilyn Curtis, Larry Wright, Angie Turner, Des Rehn and Denise Rehn.

The Cowell Bowling Club will be getting a facelift this year thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Sporting Surfaces Program.

The club is one of 38 organisations to share in $8 million for artificial playing surfaces.

Cowell Bowling Club president Rodney Haywood said the club had been working toward getting the new surface for a number of years.

“We’ve got half of the money, so we’ve been working towards getting this new surface,” Mr Haywood said.

“We’ve been holding night owls on Tuesday nights with 14 teams which brings in some money.

“We’ve also hosted a barefoot event sponsored by the Commercial Hotel.”

The club got assistance from the Franklin Harbour District Council with the grant.

“We asked the council to put the application in for us as the council is the landowner,” Mr Haywood said.

“I think that helped us to get over the line.”

Cowell is this year’s Eastern Eyre association host club and will be hosting the annual Easter Tournament, as well as a number of championships.

Mr Haywood said the new synthetic green would reduce the time spent on maintenance.

“The lawn needs a lot of watering and mowing to keep it looking good,” he said.

“Our volunteers are getting older and the next generation are busy working, so we need to do something.

“The new synthetic lawn will need watering but not as much.

“We’ll also be able to play on this green all year round.”

The club is also trying to get younger players to join the club through its 10-week night owls and barefoot bowls competitions.

The synthetic green is expected to be installed over the winter months.

Sporting surfaces grants also went to the Port Lincoln Tennis Association and the Ungarra and Districts Community Sports Club.

Cowell is the fourth club in the Eastern Eyre Bowls Association to install synthetic greens, after Port Neill, Kimba and Cleve.