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Renaming of the McLaren Vale Greens​

On Monday 13 December 2021, A Green was officially named “The John Talbot Green” to recognize the contribution John made to the Club over many years.

John Talbot1




PRESIDENT 1989—1991


John Talbot joined the McLaren Vale Bowling Club in April 1975 and became actively involved in developing the Club.

He had a vision for the Club and was the main driver and responsible for approaching the McLaren Park Recreation Committee to have the title of the land on which the Bowling Club was situated transferred for the cost of the administration fee. This then allowed the Club to seek a loan to extend the Club House which at the time was a small Besser Block building. John was also on the Club Committee which then purchased the land which became C green.

John was always progressive in his thoughts and introduced the idea of Friday Night Teas at the Club for Members and the wider community.

For 23 years John organised the annual Talbot Tournament where players from across the State and Interstate came to play bowls in a 2 day tournament.  This Tournament raised many thousands of dollars for McLaren Vale Bowling Club.

John was a great supporter of all Club and Association Tournaments and encouraged and supported new members to the Club.

Bowls was a big part of his life and his involvement as a Member of McLaren Vale Bowling Club influenced many decisions which has made it the successful Club it is today.

Members of John’s family were present at the naming ceremony.

On Friday 3rd December 2021, B Green was officially named “The Glen and Daphne Guerin Green” to recognize the contribution they both made to the Club over many years.

Glen and Daphne Guerin

LIFE MEMBERS and PATRONS McLaren Vale Bowling Club


MEMBER since 1973
PATRON since 2007

Club Singles Champion 1989- 1992
Champion of Champions Singles 1989
Club Pairs & Fours – multiple occasions.
Champion of Champions Pairs 1991/92
State Triples 1990/1991
Champion of Champion Fours 00/01, 02/03/, 07/08/, 12/13
Masters Pairs 1994
Country Carnival Fours
2003/2004 & 2007/2008


Daphne has been an outstanding bowler and Club Member, actively involved in social committees, tournaments, catering and sponsorship for over 40 years.


PRESIDENT 1975-1978
SECRETARY 1983-1989
MEMBER 1968-2004
PATRON for 10 years

Whilst Glen was Secretary, he was involved in the arrangements to purchase the land for C Green and also for negotiating loans for the extension of the Clubrooms.

Glen was actively involved in all aspects of the Club – organising Club Tournaments, Presentation Night Dinners, working ‘bees’ and playing in the Division 1 Pennant Competition.



Championship Pairs winner with John Talbot 1995 – 2001

Committed Club Member

Members of the Guerin family were present at the naming ceremony.