Kapunda named SA’s best

CHAMPION CLUB: Bernie O'Reilley, facility project coordinator Phil Voumard, former treasurer Trevor Leslie, former president Geoff Redden and president Greg Cruickshank.
CHAMPION CLUB: Bernie O'Reilley, facility project coordinator Phil Voumard, former treasurer Trevor Leslie, former president Geoff Redden and president Greg Cruickshank.

The Kapunda Bowling Club has reason to celebrate further, after it was named as the Bowls SA Club of the Year last week.

It has been a massive last few years for the club, with the brand new facility – the main source of the award –  opening late last year.

Club facility project coordinator Phil Voumard said it had been a “huge effort”.

“This whole job has been a huge, huge effort for lots of people,” he said.

“We’re just so proud that we’ve been given this award for the work that we’ve done.”

The club was shortlisted two months ago for the award, and was up against some stiff competition in Port Elliott, Ascot Park, Croydon and Henley Beach.

Former president Geoff Redden said the award was a recognition of not just club members, but also community members.

“It’s in recognition to all those who have put in,” he said.

“There’s been many, many hours put in.

“But without the skills, the knowledge, the commitment and the time that people have put in, this would never have happened.

“They all put in, and deservedly so, got the recognition for it at the end.

“We’re very fortunate and very proud to get it, but it’s been a very hard road.”

Mr Redden said the awards night was just a “great night” all around.

“There were many, many awards given out on the night, to individuals, clubs, state teams,” he said.

“But overall, it was a great night.”

He confirmed that around 80,000 voluntary hours went into the construction of the Kapunda Bowling Club’s new facility.