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ALTHOUGH somewhat delayed,
congratulations to former Albion
Park, now Engadine, greenkeeper
Matt Keogh, who in recent times
was awarded the NSW Greenkeeper
of the Year Award.
This award, judged by two of the
State's most senior "Greenies", Col
Ridge and Tony Apthorpe, is based
on a points system with the top rat-
ing tradesperson being awarded the
To Matt's credit, he scored a highly
Points are accumulated for different
aspects of the greenkeeper's perform-
ance and management, such as diary
records, chemical records, standard
and quality of greens and surrounds.
Matt has been in the industry for
16 years, and in comparison to many
previous winners, must be commended
on winning an award against far more
experienced peers in this trade.
I dare say that anybody who has
had the priviledge to play at either
Albion Park or Engadine while the
greens have been under the TLC
(tender, loving care) of Matt would
agree that he is certainly gifted in
The best news, especially for the
champ, is that the award carries major
bonuses such as an around the world
trip, car, etc ... Actually, it's not quite
that lucrative, but Matt did get a
trophy, a few $'s extra, and of course
some fantastic recognition from his
peers and bowlers alike.
Well done Matt and keep up the
THIS year's pennant season again has
brought with it its own headaches
Of course, there is always debate
about the grading system... I'm not
even going to start on that one, as
I'm nowhere near clever enough to
fully understand the system.
The registration (or more to the
point), non registration of some players
across all grades is always cause for
heartache, frustration, embarrassment
The in-house trials and tribulations
of selections week in week out in
just about every club across the State
often is the cause for scratching of
heads or bewilderment.
Of course, some may divert blame
as a result
job), while in the
majority of cases it
relates to many bowlers thinking they
are as good, if not better than the
likes of Kelvin Kerkow or Leif Selby.
Even, maybe, Wayne Turley.
With all this being said, and I'm
sure just about all of us have either
been affected or privy to above
mentioned events, 2010 has seen a
new problem arise.
For the first ever time that I know,
the Australian Interstate Sides Cham-
pionship (Adelaide, 9 to 12 April) was
staged over a weekend rather than
the traditional mid week format.
In my way of thinking, this is a
fantastic initiative as it allows "all"
bowlers the opportunity to bare wit-
ness to the country's best female and
male bowlers going head to head.
However, with this we see a major
problem back in our local game,
whereby clubs that have interstate
representatives, are at the mercy
of their opposition, as the rule of
a higher event taking precedent is
not in place.
In other words, any club that has a
NSW State rep/s may be in a position
where they are missing their senior
players for one round through no
fault of their own.
Now, before you come out swinging
at me (understandably so), the initial
thought is that it only affects a small
minority -- and yes, that's true.
However, looking at the big picture,
it can severely affect an entire club and
all its members and pennant grades
as the loss/withdrawal/unavailability
of just one representative will (or at
least can) affect every grade thereafter,
as changes are often necessary to fill
the void through one's club entire
pennant grades system.
Of course, clubs that have charters
to support, develop and recruit players
of this level, must be left scratching
their heads and wondering if their
efforts are worthwhile when they get
penalised by missing players.
There is an obvious and quick fix
though, and it simply means not
scheduling pennants on that day,
rescheduling fixtures for other times,
or liaising with clubs to ensure an
amicable alternative is arranged.
I'm afraid that in some cases clubs
are not willing to try and make alter-
native arrangements, and in a case
such as this, then the District, Zone
or State Association should intervene
to gain a positive outcome.
Alternatively, the precedence rule
can also be enforced whereby an
event classed to be higher does in
fact take precedence.
In conclusion to this discussion
regarding pennants, it has also been
a thought for some time that perhaps
the points structure needs an overhaul.
At present in NSW, a side winning
a fixture can achieve a maximum of
6 points, (3 for the overall win and
1 each for each individual rink win).
Now the old saying is if it's not
broken, don't fix it, however if it
hasn't happened yet, it most certainly
could eventuate where a side playing
a 10 week Zone Pennant wins all
their matches, and yet still doesn't
win the flag.
As an example, let's say a side wins
all matches, but predominately only
does so with one rink win, and on
but a few occasions, two rink wins;
they could finish the season unde-
feated scoring (theoretically speaking)
Now let's also say that the side
that finishes the season as runners
up, win most if not all over their
matches on all rinks (except for the
two matches they lose to the unde-
feated, they could finish the season
with in excess of 50 points).
In my way of thinking, this would
be a disaster.
In brief, how do we fix it? Well,
there are two main options.
a) Simply give a winning (overall) side
2 points for a win and 1 each for
a draw, then at the end of the
season, if the top of the table is
even, revert back to rink wins and
then shots for and against, etc to
b) Allocate 10 or 12 points to the
winning side, and then a point
per rink win.
Anyway, that's my thoughts on that,
and I hope it causes some debate
and possible review and consideration.
tev la ss
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