The Mt Cottrell Bowls Club, faced with dwindling numbers not so long ago, is on a roll.

Club secretary Troy Cooke said that just 18 months ago the club’s membership was in serious decline.

“There was a couple a hundred dollars left in the kitty and we needed to come up with a plan to get people into the sport,” he said.

“We made some changes to the way we recruited our members and we’re seeing results. We need members to survive.”

He said the “massive turnaround” meant three of the club’s teams, one mid-week and two Saturday teams, were playing finals.

Mr Cook hopes open days in March and April will spread the word about the club even further.

Children from Melton Specialist School were among those at last Friday’s come-and-try day.

“There’s a really good bunch of people down there, but not many people know where we are,” Mr Cook said.

“There’s a stigma with lawn bowls that you have to be retired.

“But I fell in love with the game straight away because it’s such a social game.

“If a young person wants to come join the group of youth players that we currently have, our club will welcome them in and they can come and learn about the game of bowls.”

Details: 9743 0676 or the club’s Facebook page