Our Pro Teams

At Dandenong Club we manage teams in two of the world’s most exciting and lucrative franchised bowls competitions.

2019 was the first year we competed at this level and kicked off by securing the title of the Ultimate Team in the inaugural year of UBC.

We secured a creditable third placing in the BPL on debut.

These competitions put Dandenong Club front and centre of the nation’s biggest and best competitions.

The teams in both these competitions attract the World’s very best players.
Each receives significant media exposure with live telecasts and internet streams.

Our UBC Team

Our team is made up of three players and a coach

Gary Kelly

The first to sign on was Gary Kelly. Gary is a 29 year old Irishman. He has Commonwealth and Word Cup medals and is in red hot form. In 2019 he won the All Ireland Indoor Singles and Pairs titles and in March was undefeated in taking out the World Cup Singles Title at Warilla, NSW where he is currently living. Gary will likely play most games as skip.

UBC Profile
Name: Gary Anthony Kelly
Nickname: Gazza
UBC Team: The Dandenong Club
Brand of Bowls: Henselite
UBC Team Mates: Wayne Turley OAM and Barrie Lester
Biggest personal achievement in Bowls: World Cup Champion 2019
Thoughts on the UBC format: It is a very exciting format of the game.
Favourite moment in UBC so far: Winning The Ultimate Team 2019
If you weren’t a bowler what sport would you most like to be great at: Snooker
Favourite sports person: Roy Keane
Favourite song: Don’t give up on me – Andy Grammer
Difference between playing the BPL and UBC: BPL is extremely tactical due to substitution, power play, time outs and dead ends. UBC is very exciting and you can achieve points for every single bowl.

Barrie Lester

Barrie is generally recognised as Australia’s best front-end player. He has a passion for the game that is unequalled. He’s lean, muscular, has a sharp haircut and an even sharper jaw.

If you saw him down the street you would think he was an elite athlete, and you’d be right.

Barrie won a bronze medal in the pairs with Nathan Rice at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

In 2016 he was part of the triples team with Aron Sherriff and Mark Casey who won the silver medal at the 2016 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Christchurch and won another silver medal in the fours.

Further success came as part of the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Queensland where he won two silver medals in the Triples and the Fours.

Wayne Turley OAM

In 2006 Wayne won a gold medal in the men’s triples at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He won a silver medal four years later at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. In between he won a silver medal at the 2008 World Outdoor Bowls Championship.

He is a legend of the game here in Australia, a member of the both the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame and the Bowls NSW Hall of Fame. He was the team’s draft choice when we went to Broadbeach in February. His vast all round playing record and regular involvement managing teams in the BPL, provides a real “x” factor to our quest to take out the 2019 UBC.Name: Wayne Turley

Nickname Turls

Home Club Tweed Heads

Brand of bowls Aero

Team mates at your club Kelvin Kerkow, Kurt Brown, Chloe Stewart

Biggest personal achievement in bowls – Gold Medal 2006 Commonwealth Games

Thoughts on the UBC format Fun, fast, and action packed

Favourite moment in UBC so far Being a part of such a great team with Gary, Barrie and the entire Dandenong Club

If you weren’t a bowler what sport would you most like to be great at Golf (but no chance)

Funniest ever moment on a bowling green Being hit with jack from a Ryan Bester Drive on a TV match when representing Australia

Favourite sports person Roger Federer

Favourite song Throw your arms around me by Hunters & Collectors

Difference between playing the BPL and UBC both great formats and different in the way you have to approach your shot selection

Rob Wilson

Our Club coach Rob Wilson looks after the UBC team. Rob has a wealth of experience on the Melbourne Bowls scene and a passion for success. He was instrumental the our 2019 debut UBC season such success.

PlayerFirst PlayedGames PlayedWins Losses
Gary Kelly2019403010
Barrie Lester201930199
Wayne Turley201912111
Rob Wilson (Coach)2019413110