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Mailbox Seeding questioned
SIR: I refer to Phil Lewis' letter in the last issue,
relating to the question of seeding for major club
I hesitate to disagree with Phil, as he has been
an outstanding worker for our club for many years
(as President and in other capacities).
However, there are other views on the issue of
seeding and I believe that my views would be shared
by many members in our club and other clubs.
It is a furphy that seeding will necessarily produce
a competitive match.
Phil would be aware that the final of our Major
Pairs played recently, between two teams, which
would have been seeded in the first three teams (if
a seeding system applied), produced one of the most
lopsided matches seen in our club in recent times.
Bowls being the game it is, most players would
not be supportive of the idea that four elite players
or teams be given the opportunity of an armchair
ride through to the semi-finals.
Any comparison with professional tennis, where
there are major issues with sponsorship and televi-
sion coverage, is not justified.
Most bowlers have played other sports and they
understand and relish the idea of a David v Goliath
contest. Sometimes the underdog wins.
Incidentally, at the age of 76, I have qualified
for my first Major Singles final. My opponent may
well be Phil Lewis.
In that event, I will be very much the underdog,
but please Phil, let me live my dreams.BOB LLOYD
East Roseville BC
SIR: Firstly, thanks for the coverage of our Master
Triples. It has resulted in a stream of calls in just a
few days, so readership by bowlers of the magazine
cannot be questioned.
Referring to the "Distressed by letter" letter to
the Editor last month, I see that the more important
issue has been overlooked by Mr Lush.
We need positive reporting of bowls issues in
our magazine, and not the continual, yet sometimes
disguised, negative matters he has covered. I ask
what was the value of his contribution; I suggest
it was nil.
All clubs have to make decisions to maintain the
viability of their activities, and sometimes they are
not liked by some, or maybe all, of the members
of such clubs. But the February issue article seems
to be just another direct attack on the West Coffs
BC for why, I have no idea.
The West Coffs BC has three greens, but if a
decision is taken some time in the future to remove
one of the greens, then it will be taken by Club
Coffs (CC) to ensure the viability of Club Coffs and
the West Coffs BC.
It may not be liked by the bowlers, but if the CC
Board believes that is what is necessary to maintain
the viability of the club, then it should be taken.
Mr Lush says, "I was distressed after reading...."
Well, think again about what you say and what it
means to the promotion, and more importantly the
building of bowls numbers, in the Coffs Coast area.
You seem to want to be negative to our sport.
Be positive, love it or leave it! RICHARD GUEST,
Publicity Officer, West Coffs BC.
are currently deployed in operations around the
globe, and we constantly need to find new mem-
bers to fill these vacancies.
Serving members and APS are encouraged to
email WO1 Ian Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org
New and experienced bowlers are welcomed,
as it provides a great opportunity to play against
State graded players and personally improve one's
The 2010 competition will be conducted at Ray-
mond Terrace BC during the week 21-25 August,
and nominations close 31 July.
Again, thanks for your continuing support to our
team and the great game of lawn bowls.
ANTHONY (Tony) FINNERAN
Team Manager, Army NSW Bowls Team
Selected on merit
SIR: I am writing in response to Michael Andersch's
letter in the April edition of the BowlsNSW magazine.
You made several points where I believe they
are best behind a glass display with the wooden
bowls, ties and blazers you believe we should be
still playing in.
Coloured bowls and uniforms are designed to
make our game more attractive, and I for one
would never have taken the game up if it was not
for some of the changes being made.
If blazers and ties were my club's uniform, you
would not see me or many others on the green.
Your comment about school kids invading our
greens are ridiculous.
Would you rather confront a group of "kids" on
the green, or in a dark ally?
Maybe it's not the kids with a bad attitude.
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