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T HE free listing of upcoming
events for clubs, Districts
and Zones has not been
eliminated from the maga-
zine -- just changed.
Instead of the dedicated pages
towards the end of the magazine,
the emphasis has been shifted to
the Zone columns.
Some of the Zones have even
added this information to their
The change became necessary
for many reasons, especially in
terms of the time-consuming
work involved in compiling the
Information for publication
should now be directed to local
Zone Publicity Officers in time for
them to include it in their columns.
Meanwhile, clubs, Districts and
Zones wishing to promote events
in a more extensive way can also
use the discounted advertising
service that is now being provided.
In addition, we will add a new
"Upcoming Events" section in the
classified advertising pages.
While the familiar "Planning
Ahead" pages have disappeared,
a check of your Zone column
should now highlight the dates
of any upcoming events.
This coverage in the Zone col-
umns is expected to increase as
the shift in emphasis occurs.
Planning Ahead events
are now featured in the
LAST year's Bowling Arm
tournament was attended by
40 bowlers, all very enthusi-
astic to showcase their skills
in the use of the mechanical aide.
The awareness created from
articles in the BowlsNSW maga-
zine over several months led to a
surge in bowlers wanting to know
where to get them, and how to
gain approval to use one.
This is good news for the sport,
and it was certainly good news
for the organisers of last year's
bowlers' arm tournament.
The tournament was held at
Beresfield BC on Monday 7 Decem-
ber, and was attended by twice
as many bowlers than the previ-
It was also encouraging to see
that bowlers were prepared to
travel from all areas of the State
to take part in the event.
Event organiser Allan Starrett
and his skilled team of helpers
put on a great tournament.
Beresfield BC, home of the
bowlers arm tournament, once
again provided great facilities for
all the competitors.
The barn dance draw was used,
and competitors nominated either
bowl pairs event.
This type of draw is a great
way to run tournaments, as it
evens out the draw due to the
ever-changing combinations of
leads and skips.
What was also noticeable about
the changing combination of teams
was that it gave bowlers the
opportunity to compare bowling
arms, and swap ideas and training
techniques relating to them.
In 2008 the weather played a
role in ending the event, but last
year it was not the lightening
that stopped play -- it was the
Organisers had to stop play
after the second game due to a
number of withdrawals from heat
By MARK WHITEMAN*
Results were calculated on
the two games played, and the
announcements were excitedly
delivered to the bowlers.
Also in attendance at the event
was chairman of the State Umpires
Committee, Leo Finn, and State
President Ian McKnight, who
assisted with the presentations.
Ian said: "The bowlers arm
is a fantastic device for keeping
our bowlers on the green; the
tournament is a great concept
and RNSWBA is very pleased to
support this event".
The final placings were:
Winning Lead - Neil Nicoll (Touk-
ley RSL BC), Winning Skip - Ken
Towers (Bulahdelah BC); Runner
up Lead - Alasdair Watts (Lismore
Workers Heights BC); Runner up
Skip - Lofty Smith (Toukley RSL BC).
The winning skip, Ken Towers,
displayed the most consistent use
of the bowling arm as he success-
fully defended his 2008 Bowlers
Arm Tournament Title.
Nobody went home empty
handed, thanks to the generous
support of gifts supplied by Bun-
nings representative Mark Conway.
In 2010 Bunnings will increase
their support of the event by
supplying the NSW Bowlers Arm
Plans for the 2010 tournament
are already underway with a change
in the month to September, and
2 games with increased ends.
Keep an eye out in the magazine,
website, or through your club for
If you think a mechanical bowl-
ing arm may be of benefit to you
or someone you know, give me
(Mark) a call on 9283 4555, or
* Mark Whiteman is a Sports
Development Officer with
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