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Buckley Parks proud history began in 1956, after a number of hard working and diligent voluntary residents in the Essendon area worked for the signing of the original lease. That spirit of hard voluntary work still prevails today.
1957 saw the name changed from Essendon Civic Association to Buckley Park Bowling Club, the inaugural committee was formed and the greens construction commenced.
1958 the original club house construction began, the greens where sown, Buckley Park Ladies Bowling Club formed and December 6th, 1958 saw the offical opening of the Club.
After 3 years of hard work the first pennant match was played in 1959. Our first Pennant win came in the 1961/62 season against Coburg BC wining by 1 shot 110-109.
1960 - 1969 saw a lot development and success at the club. 1960 the No2 Green was laid and the No.1 green lighting was erected. Our ladies tasted success winning their sectional final in the 1963/64 season. 1967, the larger club house was completed , 1968 we were granted the much sort after Liquor Licence and in 1969 the No.3 green was laid.
Disaster hit our beloved club on the 15th of November 1975 when fire gutted our club house and scorched one green. The club took on the challenge immediately to rebuild and keep playing and Saturday pennant was played the following week! By the middle of 1976 a mere 7 months later our new look club house was up and running.
1982-2012 We celebrated our Silver Anniversary changed our name to Buckley Park Bowls Inc. installed a desalination plant as well as lights on our No.3 Green.
Our Club has a living legend Bap Gasparini, Bap become a member in 1972
Today sees our club with 3 Tuesday Teams, 4 Saturday Teams and 2 night Pennant Teams. We always welcome new members to our great Club!
Bap Joined the club in 1972 and was given Life Membership in March 2003 for service to the club over 31 years!
In 2003 Bap won his 9th Club Singles Title. To honour him the club named a trophy for the clubs best pennant player, "The Bap Gasparini Award". The votes were added up for the pennant season and fittingly the player with the most votes was Bap, making him the inaugural winner of his own award!
Bap won :
Bap was asked what was one of his best wins? Bap rated his Mixed Pairs win with his wife Jean . "One of the best wins, was with my wife Jeannie in the club pairs. I had won it with another lady but that was before my wife started, to be able to win one with Jeannie I thought was quite wonderful!"
2015 Bap & Jean moved their address to Ardmillian House. Bap found he needed something to do and asked if he could start up Indoor Bowls for the residents. Bap organised a donation of 2 sets of indoor bowls from BPBC and the club organised an indoor mat (thanks to Joan Turner) The residents now enjoy weekly games of Bowls thanks to Bap.
Bap has now completed 44 years of service to the club.
To honour Bap, 'A True Legend of the Club', he was invited to put the first bowl down of the 2016/17 season.
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