The new Community Challenge runs for 4 to 5 Wednesdays in November and February. This event is open to teams of four novice players from friendship groups, work places, community groups and other sports clubs. On other occasions social and "barefoot" bowls is available, with bowls provided, for those interested. On these nights the $5 entry fee includes a sausage sizzle tea.
Throughout the year the Club hosts a number of special tournaments including the Victorian Masters Triples and the Australia Day Maximum Medley.
Club events conducted through the year include Championships in Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours.
A Minor Singles and Presidents Handicap is also conducted. There are also separate
Championship events available for women in addition to the open events.
Each week over 140 players represent the Club in various pennant fixtures. With new developments at the Club membership is growing and more teams will be entered in pennant to maximise participation of interested men and women as required. The pennant season runs each summer from the end of September through to March.
Essendon Bowls Club, established in 1885, is one of the "powerhouse" bowls Clubs in Melbourne. The Club has a team in the elite Saturday Premier Division of the Bowls Victoria metropolitan pennant competition. Most state and many national players come from the ranks of these teams.
The Club also has a Division One team and six other Saturday pennant teams ranging down to Division Six. The Club therefore provides opportunities for players at all ability and experience levels to enjoy their bowls while they compete for pennant glory. Pennant teams usually consist of four rinks of four players. New and improving players can move up through the ranks as their skills and form develop. Unless the Selection Committee is otherwise advised all members will be considered for selection each week. Pennant teams for each Saturday are usually displayed in the Clubrooms and posted on the website each preceding Tuesday.
The Club also fields four teams in the Tuesday pennant competition and two in the Night pennant competition. There are clearly numerous opportunities for men and women with much bowling experience to inexperienced novice bowlers to become engaged in the game. At Essendon all players are welcome, valued and supported.