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The 2010 Association Events
have been allocated to the fol-
• NSW Keno Hi-Jackers v QLD -
Warilla BC (Indoor Test Series).
• NSW v ACT (Under 18s) - Bow-
• NSW (Under 18s) Inter-Zone
7-A-Side - Port Macquarie City BC.
• State President's Reserve Singles
and Pairs Finals - Avoca Beach BC.
• Senior Singles and Pairs State
Finals - Maitland City BC.
• Bowls NSW Champion of Club
Champions Singles and Pairs -
The Greens The Entrance BC.
• Bowls NSW Club Challenge State
Finals - Warilla BC.
The Bowlsbet NSW Premier
League Finals will be played at
Raymond Terrace BC on 5 and 6
The standard of play has been
amazing in 2009 and the Finals
Series should be even better!
Sunday's Grand Final will be
filmed and broadcast to a national
audience on Fox Sports for the
first time ever, so we'd love to
see you in the grandstands if you
can make it.
IWOULD like to conclude my last
report of the year by thanking all
bowlers, and the Board, Execu-
tive, Committees and staff of the
Association for their contributions
in making 2009 such a great year.
It has been a busy year for all,
and we look forward to taking up
new challenges in 2010 in order
to advance our great sport.
On behalf of the BowlsNSW
team, I would like to wish everyone
a safe and happy holiday season.
9 November 2009
T HE Australian Sides Cham-
pionship is considered by
many bowlers to be the
pinnacle of State Repre-
It is an event that holds great
prestige and tradition for both
former and current players, and
historically it has been the stepping
stone for players to be selected
for Australian Representation.
In days gone by, the national
squad was announced to all of
the players at the completion of
However, according to Bowls
Australia and the High Perform-
ance Team, the "Alley Shield", as
it is affectionately known, is no
longer relevant in the pathway
to be selected for our Country.
However, before we grab our
pitch forks and flaming torches
to march to the steps of Bowls
Australia, let's have a look at the
At a recent conference, the
message from the HP team was
that in order to properly select
an Australian Representative Side,
they need to see players competing
in the format and positions that
replicate the major international
events in which the Australian
team will be competing.
I can certainly see the logic in
this thinking; you wouldn't see
the Australian Cricket Selectors
choosing the Ashes Test team
based on performances in the
KFC Big Bash 20/20.
The problem is that no major
international event replicates the
'Sides' format, or even fours for
The next major event is the
Commonwealth Games, which only
includes Singles, Pairs and Triples.
The BA Grand Prix Series, includ-
ing the Queensland and NSW
Opens, have attempted to provide
opportunity to fulfil these selection
criteria, but it has also led the
sport away from the traditional
pathway from State to National
In fact, Australian players no
longer need to fulfil Club or State
commitments to be considered for
the national team.
This brings the representative
structure of our sport to a 'cross-
Do we choose to carry on with
an event with a history spanning
50 years, despite it not holding
the relevance it once did?
Or do we choose to shift the
thinking and the structure to rep-
licate the formats of international
competition and give our selectors
and representative players the
best opportunity to succeed at
the highest levels?
There is no denying that I am
a traditionalist when it comes to
our sport, and I believe that our
history and prestigious events are
to be cherished, including the
Australian Sides Championships.
However, when the relevance
of an event is removed, it poten-
tially becomes something that is
run "just because it has always
I sincerely hope that players and
administrators alike will continue
to see the Australian Sides Cham-
pionship as the 'pinnacle' of the
sport in this country, even if it
does not feature in the pathway
to national selection.
NSW is due to host the event
in 2011, and we will certainly be
giving it the prestige and honour
that it deserves.
Congratulations to all the win-
ners at the recent 2009 NSW State
Soldiers Point BC, who held the
event for the first time, proved to
be an outstanding and professional
venue, and I would like to thank
Chairman Jim Richardson and his
Board and staff, especially Chris
Ramage, for making the event a
The Championships were proudly
supported by Greater Building
Society and Soldiers Point BC.
Greg Helm -- RNSWBA Chief Executive Officer
Representative Bowls at a Cross Road
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