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prestige and rar-
ity of achieving
such an honour.
has tried to provide some level
of equity to the chances of clubs
But a system such as this will
never be perfect, as there are
always anomalies which test the
boundaries, such as player move-
ment between clubs. This could
boost or weaken the playing
strength of a side in a particular
grade from one year to another.
So what is the solution?
Do we as a sport say to those
clubs that are progressive in the
way that they operate with active
coaching programs and progressive
attitudes: "Do you mind easing up
please, because you are becoming
Or, do we provide the oppor-
tunity and coaching resources for
those clubs that feel they are not
competitive to implement improve-
ment programs at their club, so
that they are more competitive?
Another solution which has
been mooted at a recent forum
in Zone 8 is to play separate
City and Country Pennants, thus
preventing small country clubs hav-
ing to compete against 'powerful
clubs from Sydney, Newcastle and
While I am not adverse to any
of these suggestions, maybe a
point that is forgotten at times
in this whole debate is that we
are essentially talking about 12
men from one club, and 12 men
from another, sometimes friends
and sometimes not, all stepping
out onto the same green, in the
same conditions trying to get their
bowls closer than each other.
Then again, maybe that's why
State Pennants is the steadfast and
most popular event on our calen-
dar -- because it evokes so much
passion and opinion, and offers
so much more than my simplistic
description of the game above.
One thing is for sure, I love
it, and I can't wait for the State
Finals in August.
AS MANY Zones come to
the end of their Pennant
season, clubs begin to
evaluate their chances of
progressing to the play-offs for
the opportunity to make the
State finals in one or more of
the seven grades.
On the other hand, many clubs
are wondering 'what went wrong'.
The relevance and importance
of State Pennants cannot be
Earlier this year, my opponent
in a Pennant match told me with
pride that he was closing in on
500 career Pennant games, an out-
standing milestone, which made me
wonder why as a sport we don't
give credit to these achievements
like most other sports.
In fact, I doubt whether most
clubs even keep records such as
this -- which is a great shame.
Winning a State Pennant is the
Holy Grail for many bowlers in
NSW. I have had conversations with
bowlers with achievement lists as
long as my arm, who state with
regret that the only thing that has
eluded them in their career is a
State Pennant Champions badge.
And to the majority of players,
the achievement of winning a State
Pennant in the lower grades has
no less prestige or honour than
winning a State Pennant in the
There is a strong opinion in
some parts of NSW that country
clubs are not competitive in higher
grades against teams from Sydney,
Wollongong and Newcastle.
Equally, there is also a strong
opinion that city clubs are not
competitive against country clubs
when it comes to State Pennant
A look back at the history
books seems to back up both of
these opinions, but the question
is what should be done about it?
Who is right and who is wrong
in the debate is again a matter
Even within Zones there are
elements of angst between clubs
that feel they are not competitive
against another club, because they
are bigger and 'better'.
Is this not the nature of competi-
tion? That some competitors who
are striving for the same goal will
do better than others? That those
who are better prepared, and are
progressive in their approach and
attitudes, will ultimately perform
And somewhere along the way
someone is going to lose!
Some people may not agree
with my thinking, but at the end
of the day, there are approximately
24,000 Pennant bowlers in NSW,
and of those in any one year only
84 will achieve the status of State
To my previous point, this
Greg Helm -- RNSWBA Chief Executive Officer
"This is all about encouraging kids
to give bowls a try," she added.
"It's a great opportunity for stu-
dents who don't like more physical
sports, but who would enjoy being
part of a team.
"Bowls is definitely not just for
the older generation - many of
our top bowlers began playing for
Australia in their teens."
The aim of the Academy is to
support a squad of twenty or more
juniors who will compete in inter-
school events and travel to junior
tournaments around the State.
St Johns Park BC has been a
supporter of junior sport and junior
bowls for many years.
The club was a sponsor of NSW
Junior Bowls and provided scholar-
ships for Westfield Sports students
to help families with the costs of
The club also organised a Junior
Fun Day to give kids of all ages a
chance to try bowls.
* Anne Johns is the Marketing
Co-ordinator at St Johns Park BC.
Junior bowlers strike gold
with a new sponsorship
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