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SIR: In response to Hugh Gladman's letter titled
'Nothing has changed' in the September issue of
BowlsNSW magazine, there are some points which
are somewhat debatable.
Firstly, there are numerous examples of country
clubs that pay players to boost their strength and
to retain their bowlers, just as there are successful
city clubs that do not.
Nevertheless, paying a player does not make
them put a bowl down any different, or better; and
equally, just because a person represents his club
in Premier League, does not make that person im-
mortal and undefeatable.
I wonder if Mr Gladman has ever analysed the
winners and runners-up of all grades of Pennants
since the competition went to seven grades 17
In the last 17 years:
Grade 1: City 6 winners, 5 runners-up. Country
11 winners, 12 runners-up.
Grade 2: City 3 winners, 2 runners-up. Country
14 winners, 15 runners-up.
Grade 3: City 2 winners, 4 runners-up. Country
15 winners, 13 runners-up.
Grade 4: City 2 winners, 2 runners-up. Country
15 winners, 15 runners-up.
Grade 5: City 0 winners, 5 runners-up. Country
17 winners, 12 runners-up.
Grade 6: City 0 winners, 3 runners-up. Country
17 winners, 14 runners-up.
Grade 7: City 4 winners, 2 runners-up. Country
13 winners, 15 runners-up.
In 119 Finals that have been played in 17 years,
City based sides have won the final a grand total
of 17 times. A win ratio of 14%. On only three oc-
casions in 119 Finals have two city clubs played
against one another.
I agree with Mr Gladman, that country clubs do
need their top grades reassessed, but to ensure
that they are playing at a level which reflects their
playing ability, and not to ensure they are going to
"stack" lower grades.
With every grade of the Pennant Finals rotating
around each Zone in the State (11 of them being
Country Zones), the travel and accommodation
costs are as equally restrictive for city clubs as well
as country clubs.
The argument of "country clubs" not being com-
petitive at State level is certainly not supported by
the figures above.
I am not opposed to country clubs being success-
ful in Pennants, or Premier League for that matter;
I am just highlighting the facts.
NSW seniors history
SIR: I wish to congratulate the Royal for the in-
troduction of Senior Bowls into the NSW bowling
I have felt that very little is known about the
history of Senior Bowls, so I have done some
investigation and have come up with the following.
Senior Bowls was first introduced into the bowl-
ing community by Allan Pollock of the Gosford BC
in what was then Central Coast DBA.
It seems Allan proposed this move for the over
65's to give those men the necessary competition
to continue enjoying the game.
The proposal was discussed and approved by the
CCDBA Board, and the Chairman of Selectors at that
time, Jack Griffith, was given three weeks to select
a side to play the Hunter DBA.
The first match was played at Maitland Park on
22 October 2000.
Central Coast DBA played the Hunter DBA on
four occasions during 2000 to 2003.
The first game between Zone 15 and Zone 9 was
played at Ettalong BC on 19 May 2004, and was
made up of 10 teams of fours for the over 60's.
This game was the real start of things to come.
Most of the 'old' State players who had thought
that this type of competition would not work, found
that it was great.
Suddenly, they all wanted to play and there was
great competition for the 40 places in Zone 9.
As a result of this success, Les MacAlpine, the
President of Zone 9, agreed to have a proposal made
to the Sydney Metropolitan Zone Match Committee
Chairmen at their monthly meeting at Concord RSL.
The proposal was to have a Sydney Metropolitan
Zone Seniors Competition for Zones 9, 10, 11, 12
After much discussion the proposal was approved,
but by some Zones only with some trepidation.
It was decided that the group should try to obtain
some sort of sponsorship, so an appointment was
made with Clearview. That presentation exceeded
all our hopes.
Clearview ageed to sponsor the competition to the
extent of $10,000 for 2004. This enabled each Zone
to have $1500 to cover meal and travel cost. The
balance was used to supply an appropriate shield.
The Sydney Metropolitan Senior Competition has
continued yearly, but this has shown that the idea
really works. The RNSWBA must be congratulated
on picking up the idea and making it a State wide
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