Ballarat Memorial Sports Bowls Club (BMS) was formed in 2004 and was the result of the amalgamation of Ballarat City and Serviceman’s Memorial (SMBC) Bowling Clubs.
Ballarat City’s home was in Eyre Street and Serviceman’s Memorial home was in Creswick Road. Both venues were used for the first season (2004/05).
For the following three years (up to / including season 2007/08) only the Creswick Road site was used. During 2007, it was decided to put the Creswick Road site up for sale.
The new home for BMS was to be at Alfredton. The decision was made due to declining membership and a poor financial outlook at Creswick Road.
BMS used Ballarat and Central Wendouree Bowling Clubs greens for its home games in the 2008/09 season season due to delays with the construction of the current greens at Alfredton which were completed for the 2009/10 season.
The lower (south) green was re-carpeted for the start of the 2017/18 season. This was done via a Council insurance policy claim after it was damaged due to flooding. The original carpet on this lower green was used for 8 seasons.
The top (north) green has been used for a full 10 seasons and, despite looking a little faded, still plays well and is usefully used for one pennant game each week of the pennant season.
BMS has had considerable success since its formation. As at the end of the 2018/19 season, in Saturday Pennant we have premierships in Division 1 five times, Division 3 twice, Division 4 and Division 6. In Midweek Pennant, we have premierships in Division 2 twice, Division 3 and Division 4 twice. All this success (15 premierships) in just 15 years!
Membership continues to grow.