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Thanks for honour
SIR: My thanks to the RNSWBA for the honour
they bestowed upon me by being named the "2009
Outstanding Senior Club Personality of the Year".
The pleasure of receiving the award was enhanced
by the joyous manner John Thomas, chairman of
Australian Seniors Finance Ltd, assisted by Greg Helm,
CEO of the Royal, made the presentation.
President Asquith BC
SIR: I would like to confirm Steve Glasson's observa-
tions regarding spectators at televised events.
Unfortunately I could not attend this year's NSW
Open at Taren Point, but I did attend some sessions
last year and couldn't believe how few spectators
The weather was beautiful, and I sat virtually
alone in the grandstand on the last but one day.
There was some excellent bowling in all events,
and some real entertainment from Carmen Anderson.
I also watched some of the men's and women's
fours on an outside green, and was probably one
of about six watching the games.
Considering, in the women's game, there was the
Australian team, and in the opposition at least two
Internationals, it was very disappointing.
I have also attended, over the last three years
the World Cup of bowls at Warilla, and found the
same thing -- very few spectators.
Admittedly the stands were full for the semi
finals and finals, but otherwise very few people
This year there were the World's top two men
bowlers, and likewise in the women's event. In
the juniors there were full National representatives
playing, and only fellow team members watching
It is unbelievable with such a large number of
players in the area that so few turned up, especially
as there was no charge for admission.
In what other sport in Australia can you see
World-class performances by World-class competi-
tors for free?
It is time that our clubs seriously promoted these
events, and not just rely on this publication for such
information, or use just a small flyer tucked away
on the notice boards.
Most clubs promote their meat raffles and enter-
tainment nights in the front foyer, so why not major
After all we are essentially bowling clubs -- not
"meat and fun night" clubs.
An archaic approach
SIR: I am writing to you in connection with the
re-accreditation of umpires and coaches.
For some time now, one of the main reasons
we are losing key personnel in these areas is the
necessity for re-accreditation every four years.
The processes being used are first of all archaic,
and secondly totally unnecessary.
The upshot is an added cost to the Association,
which eventually reflects on the cost to the ordinary
bowler and irritation to those who are put out in
their efforts to support the game of bowls.
It seems to me that we are Analogues inhabiting
Changes at Ryde
SIR: Great things are happening at Ryde Ex-Phoenix
BC.Our No.2 side won the flag last year, so we
have a No.1 Pennant side for the first time in the
This has attracted some highly ranked new play-
ers to the club.
The unfortunate closure of the nearby Ryde City
BC has also swelled our membership, as well as the
return of some previous members.
As a result, we will be fielding five Pennant sides
this year, up from three last year.
a world of Digitals, and it is high time we started
to think more rationally, instead of perpetuating a
system for the sake of those who are seeking the
doubtful glory of doing so.
The obvious parallel is the drivers licence. You
obtain a drivers licence at the age of 17 or so, and
that is that until you reach the age of 75 when a
doctor's certificate is required to prove that you are
still capable of performing those duties.
At the age of 85, you are required to pass an
annual test to ensure your capabilities have not
diminished lest you become a menace on the roads.
Why do we not adopt a system that works well ?
Quite simply put, we need a radical change in
thinking. Certainly, it is my belief that re-accreditation
is unnecessary, but if the powers that be will not
move from this position, then let it be done by
modern methods with internet connections.
If this can be achieved, the only physical appear-
ance necessary would be "on green" confirmation
of bodily flexibility and the ability to perform the
on green functions.
This could easily be delegated to local umpires
and coaches as it is now. Surely, we do not need
the added expense of sending personnel on expen-
sive trips. It is not necessary and it is certainly not
I would recommend to the Board of the Royal
that they seriously consider such rational changes in
conjunction with Bowls Australia and the Australian
Sporting Commission, for the benefit of bowls and
to lift our profile to fit more comfortably in the
realm of modernity.
Tea Gardens BC
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