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Played in pennants
ON a trip back from Western Australia in November,
my wife and I called into Bruce Rock, a town which
is half way between Perth and Kalgoorlie, some 50
km south of the Eastern Highway.
In town I spoke to a local, and was able to "con"
my way into playing for the local side in a pen-
nants game against Merredin, a town 50 km away.
I learnt that pennants in country WA runs from
October to (I believe) March. Each district side is
graded by colours -- red, blue, green etc -- and they
play 25 ends. The basic rules are much the same
as here in NSW.
Many of the bowling greens in the major towns
are part of the town's sporting complex, which
consist of a large oval (used for AFL, Union etc)
with a grass surface.
Surrounding the oval are tennis and basketball
courts, and lawn bowls greens (all on artificial sur-
faces), with an amenities block consisting of nearby
bar and games rooms.
Seeding for competitions
SIR: I would like to suggest that clubs be permitted
to "seed" their players in club competitions.
I am a member of a relatively small bowling
club where we tend to attract a limited number
of entries in our club competitions, such as Major
Singles, Pairs, etc.
Currently, we are required to conduct an open
draw for these competitions, and it is very often
the case that our best players are drawn to play
each other in an early round.
This often leads to an uneven draw resulting in a
one-sided final that becomes a fait accompli before
the first bowl is even put down.
The effect may not be as pronounced in large
clubs where the sheer weight of statistics ensures a
broad enough spread of the "better" bowlers, but
it can ruin the competition in small clubs.
Bowls must be about the only sport where seed-
ing is not permitted.
Imagine if the same system were to be forced on
say tennis ... how would it be if Nadal and Federer
were to meet in the first round of a tournament?
It is time that commonsense was allowed to
prevail ... why not allow each club's match commit-
tee to decide whether seeding is to be permitted,
and determine perhaps the top four "seeds" and
then randomly allocate each to a separate quarter
of the draw.
This will ensure a more even competition and
likely lead to finals that are worth watching.
East Roseville BC
What has happened?
SIR: What is wrong with Pennants?
Do current Conditions of Play encourage partici-
Three years ago our club, although member
median age was increasing, managed to enter sides
in Divisions 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
Divisions 6 and 7 competed against mainly rural
clubs and were made up of new bowlers, and our
"elder citizens" who enjoyed competing against fellow
elders with whom they have developed friendships
with over long periods of time.
This year we have teams in Divisions 3, 4 and 5.
What has happened?
Between last year and this year we lost seven
members of our top Division due to transfers, ill-
ness, family commitments and retirements, and at
the other end of the spectrum we continually lose
Division 6 and 7 players due to age and health
Suddenly we had to advance members from other
grades to fill these vacancies. This resulted in many
players being advanced beyond their capabilities and
desires, and as we have 20 of our membership of
83 aged 75 and over, we had insufficient numbers
to compete in all previously registered Divisions.
As Conditions of Play dictate that the lowest
grade entered must be withdrawn, we now had a
concertina effect as half of our Division 6 had to
be moved to Division 5 to cover losses, and as we
had a lack of numbers from the defunct Division
7 wishing to play at Division 6 level, we lost that
As a result, our Division 5 side comprises many
members who are really Division 6 and 7 players, and
with one round remaining are last on the ladder.
You do not have to be Einstein to think that we
may have only two Pennant Division sides next year.
The result of all this is that we now have a
high percentage of our membership who do not
enter club or Association Championship events, who
through no fault of theirs are forced by Conditions
of Play to be social bowlers only.
Is this the real intent of Conditions of Play? Surely
not, it should be a means of encouraging all bowlers
to participate at their level in a wonderful game.
Hon Secretary, Lavington Panthers BC
The bowling greens were lightning fast, as I
Being grey nomads, my wife and I always carry
our bowls shoes with us, and use the local bowls
of the towns we visit.
In Bruce Rock we had success in the pennants
and social bowls competition in which we played.
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