Tailem bowlers on a roll

Club on the rise: The Tailem Bend division one bowlers in the club's new playing uniform. Tailem Bend have been nominated as a finalist in the 2020 Bowls SA Club of the Year Award.

Club on the rise: The Tailem Bend division one bowlers in the club's new playing uniform. Tailem Bend have been nominated as a finalist in the 2020 Bowls SA Club of the Year Award.

THE Tailem Bend Bowling Club's successful season continues off the green as the club were announced as finalist in the Bowls SA 2020 ANZ Club of the Year Award.

The Tailem Bend Bowling Club joined the Port Noarlunga, Adelaide, Mclaren Vale, Torrensville and Toorak Burnside bowling clubs as finalists.

"The (nominated) clubs all excelled in a number of areas both on and off the green inclusive of governance, facilities, volunteer recognition, community inclusiveness and competitive results," Bowls SA said in a statement.

"The winner of the award will be announced when Bowls SA is able to gather members and provide them the opportunity to celebrate among their peers.

Tailem Bend Bowling Club president and division one bowler Sam Shepherd said the nomination was a boost for the club which had been "struggling a bit over the past few years financially and with members."

However, the Eagles have been able to turn it around and have been successful in obtaining funding for new greens, get new uniforms for players and attract new members to the club.

Success also followed on the green as the Tailem Bend division one and Thursday teams took out the pennant, albeit in a bitter-sweet fashion.

In an unprecedented end to the season, grand finals were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Due to the finals being cancelled the Lower Murray Bowling Association resolved to award premierships to clubs who won the semi final and who by that win went straight into the grand final.

Mr Shepherd said the award nomination was just reward for the hour the club's volunteers had put in.

"We had a bit of a review and decided we needed to do something to attract new members and also get some grant funding and we've been successful in that," he said.

"We were able to hold the first tournament the club has run in years - our Melbourne Cup tournament - and it was very successful."

Mr Shepherd thanked Starclub Murraylands for supporting the club's nomination.