Bringing back the bowlo
Wed, 11/03/2020 - 10:11

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas announced new plans for the iconic Tigers Five Dock site whose future had remained uncertain since 2018.

The shutdown of the popular venue on Barnstaple Road stunned locals in October 2018 after Balmain Leagues, which operated the site, shut its doors.

“The closure of Tigers Five Dock hit the community hard,” Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said. “It gives me great pleasure now to reassure residents that this local treasure will remain a bowling club.”

“In a time when bowling clubs are closing shop around Sydney, I am proud to be advocating for this local sports club.” 

Brother and sister duo, Pierre and Rosemary Moio, are looking forward to reactivating the iconic venue.

“We’re coming to Five Dock off the back of our hugely successful opening of Pellegrini’s Italian in Kirrawee where we recently made international headlines for our 100 metre long pizza,” Pierre Moio said. 

“Our goal is to bring the same professionalism and enthusiasm to Five Dock, restoring Five Dock Bowling Club to its former glory.”

The proposal put forward by Five Dock Bowling Club outlines a plan to retain both greens, with one designated for competition, and the other for barefoot bowls.

“The bowling greens have always been a favourite at the club and this will continue to be a focus. We also hope to attract a new generation of players and amateurs alike, offering lots of fun activities including barefoot bowls for all ages,” Pierre Moio said.

The club will provide for corporate, private and community events and is set to reopen the player change rooms and facilities.

It will operate a restaurant, bar, bistro and café as well as an outdoor entertainment area.

“We’re creating a vibrant premises with a variety of food offerings and activities across both the day and night. It will be a community hub, a place for people to meet, gather and enjoy a range of recreational and social experiences.”

“I look forward to seeing how Five Dock Bowling Club will reactive the site while staying true the heritage and legacy of the facility,” Mayor Tsirekas said.