The inaugural meeting of the Modbury Bowling Club was held in the Modbury Hall (now St Johns Ambulance) on the 29th October 1958.  To finance the club it was resolved that debentures of ten pounds ($20) be issued to all intending members, plus a yearly subscription. Purchase of debentures was compulsory for all members.

The first meeting of the club was held on the 10th November 1958 and it was interesting to note that it was passed that – “We place on record that this Club is desirous of forming a Ladies Auxiliary.”  The only free area of land available at this time was a small section situated on the northwest corner of the Modbury Oval (now the Civic Park), and owing to its size, it was only practical to lay seven rinks – and even to obtain this area it was necessary to do extensive bulldozing.

An application was made to the Modbury Grounds Committee to use the land – and this request was granted for the sum of two pounds per annum.  In order to finance the building of the rooms and the making/laying of the greens, a one thousand five hundred pounds mortgage was arranged.  On the 23rd March 1959, ladies held an informal meeting at which considerable interest was shown in the forming of a bowling club. It was duly moved that a club be formed and known as the Modbury Women’s Bowling Club.

In October, 1959, a transportable Housing Trust hut situated at Daw Park was purchased, transported and erected on our site. It measured approximately 70’ x 20’ and cost four hundred and fifty pounds. A section was partitioned off at one end for a kitchen, and at the other a bar, which operated quite illegally, as no clubs had licences at that time.

In 1960/61, Modbury entered a men’s pennant team in the sixth division – the first match, against Rosewater, comprised 16 members who had never before played a pennant match. The match was lost by over 100 shots. On the 11th May, 1961, the ladies decided to affiliate with the South Australian Women’s Bowling Association and entered one ladies team for pennant play for the 1961/62 season.

In the early years of the club, each bowler brought afternoon tea for himself and his opponent – this was distributed around the tables and led to wonderful varieties of food. The club could not extend any further on the old premises, so obtained a new area of ground on the Modbury Sports Area in 1966. The Tea Tree Gully Council was very helpful an Opening Day 67ad co-operative – not only providing the land, but also in assisting us to borrow the money to build the new clubhouse – costing $16,000.

Our current B and C Greens were originally joined as one very long extra green that was divided eventually. It was originally couch and bent grass, santa-anna and then tiff.
Dress Code for ladies was very severe. White dresses and petticoats 15” from the ground was the length, stockings had to be beige, the hat with white hat band gold lettering, no jewellery or earrings, name band on the dress, state badge on the front of the hat. The hat had to be on at all times even if you went shopping after bowls. There were no colours, just white cardigans or blazers, white rain gear, white dusters.

In 1972 an additional $14,000 was spent on the clubhouse, mainly on additions to the bar and lounge. In 1972 indoor bowls began during the winter months.  In 1982 a further $50,000 was spent on extensions to the club house and at that stage there were 23 rinks.  In 1997 the introduction of Night Owls proved very successful with 4 greens full each Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with Social bowls competitions being played on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons.

In 2002, coloured uniforms were introduced for the ladies– initially turquoise shirts with white pants.  In 2005/2006, the men’s and ladies clubs amalgamated.  Extensive renovations of the clubhouse have occurred in the last few years, including the kitchen, bar, air conditioning, floors and honour boards.  2010 saw the ladies update their uniforms,with the men following shortly after.  In 2010 The club adopted the nickname “Thunder” as its  pennant sides nickname and so  the  new logo and cry “Go Thunder” was born.

With thanks to our late Foundation President Eric Davies and club stalwart Judy Whiting.

CLUB PENNANTS
YEARSATURDAY
DIVISION
WEDNESDAY
DIVISION
THURSDAY
DIVISION
1961-626
1965-662 RED
1966-673 GREEN
5 GREEN
2 WHITE3 EAST WHITE
1967-686 BLUE3 EAST RED
1968-693 BLUE
4 GREEN
1969-704 WHITE
1972-734 GREEN
5 BLUE
6 GOLD
B 2-Rinker
1973-742 BLUE
3 GREEN
5 BLUE
1974-753 GREEN
3 PURPLE
4 RED
5 GOLD
6 RED
2 GREEN
1975-766 RED4 RED
1976-775 RED
1977-785 GREEN4 GREEN3 BLUE
1978-792 GREEN
1980-813 RED
4 BLUE
4 RED
6 RED
1981-825 GREEN
6 BLUE
1982-836 BLUE1 GREEN
4 RED
4 BLUE
1 BLUE
4 RED
1983-842
3 RED
4 GREEN
2 RED4 BLUE
1984-853 BRONZE4 BLUE
1985-861 GREY
1 BROWN
1986-871 BRONZE
3 MAROON
3 GOLD
1987-881 MAROON2 RED1 BLUE
1988-891 BRONZE
1 SILVER
1 GOLD
1989-902 SILVER NORTH1 WHITE
1991-921 GREEN NORTH1 GREEN
1992-932 GREEN NORTH2 WHITE NORTH
1993-941 BLUE
4 RED
1994-952 BLUE
1995-961 GREEN NORTH
1996-971 BLUE
2 BLUE
4 GREEN
1997-982 RED NORTH
1998-991 BLUE
1999-002 RED NORTH1 BLUE
2000-012 WHITE N/E
2 WHITE S/E
3 RED NORTH
1 BLUE
2002-033 NORTH
2003-041 WHITE1 WHITE1 GOLD
2004-052 RED NORTH2 RED NORTH
2005-061 RED1 GREEN NORTH
2006-07M 2 NORTH
M 4 NORTH EAST
M 3 NORTHPREMIER 1
2007-08M 2 NORTHM 1 NORTHPREMIER 1
2008-09M 1 NORTH
2009-10PREM 2 NORTH
M 2 NORTH
1 RED N/W
2010-11PREM 2 NORTH
M 1 NORTH
M 2 NORTH
PREMIER 1
PREM 2 NORTH
M 1 NORTH
PREM 2 NORTH
2012-13M 1 NORTH
2014-15M 2 NORTH
2015-16PREMIER 1
M 3 EAST
2016-17Division 2