Bowling Club

Pirates Club which was established in 1888, moved from Park Station to Sir Lionel Phillips Park in Greenside in 1952.

icon bowlsPirates Bowling Club is a sub-section of the Pirates Club. Sir Lionel Phillips Park is across the road from what was in 1952 the Greenside Bowling Club located at 4 Cruden Bay Road, Greenside. These two clubs joined forces and formed the Greenside/Pirates Bowling Club. Later the name Greenside was dropped and it became known as Pirates Bowling Club. The bowling club forms part of the Johannesburg Bowls Association (JBA).

The standard of bowls at Pirates Bowling Club is high although we are a small club. We currently participate in Division 3 of the Johannesburg Bowls Association’s Saturday league and more than hold our own. We also participate in a number of Wednesday league competitions where we generally do well. We also play in a couple of Saturday morning competitions whilst a number of our bowlers take part in a monthly facility known as the Round Robin where they play regularly by invitation .

Noah Mabula continues to do the club proud and has represented JBA at Bowls South Africa Junior Masters level as well as achieving under 23 provincial colours . He and his partner , Cavin Cornelius ,  have reached the last 16 of the JBA Pairs competition and together with Clifford Ledwaba reached the last 8 of the JBA trips .  They are combinations that many senior and championship bowlers are very wary of . One of Wednesday League teams won the Jackie Rahn trophy a few years ago.

As typical Pirates we are highly regarded for our friendliness and sporting approach to the way we play, although we remain competitive at all times. Our greens have recently undergone some major improvements and are not only looking really great but producing good bowls.

(Bowls Days) are on Saturday afternoons from 13.45 p.m. and 9.45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Our internal club competitions are well supported and fiercely competitive which makes for good bowls all round. We encourage new bowlers to join us and participation and coaching are available on Sunday mornings.

Contact Numbers

Chairman Steve Hunt 083 226 7568
Club Captain John Bartmann 083 403 7553
Treasurer Mike Theunissen 083 456 8305
Selector Cavin Cornelius 083 435 3707
Bar/Clubhouse David Ndlovu 011 646 8653
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