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Master board woes
SIR: I would like to comment on the submission by
E.B. Phillips, Gloucester BC, in the May issue. Get
rid of the big board?
I think his overall concept is good, but the solu-
tion is not to do away with the master board, it is
to make the point scoring more equitable.
I have discussed this many times with my fellow
bowlers, and all agree that there is no incentive for
the side that wins two rinks and loses the master
board. In fact, it is very disheartening.
The master board plays its part as a cohesion
device for the side overall, and has an important role
in keeping the individual teams focused on the job.
My proposal would be to make the rink wins 2
points and lower the master board value to 1 point.
Overall, a total score of 7 if all rinks win.
Also, if a side wins two rinks but loses the
master board, they actually walk away with a 4-3
This is much more sensible and we then get a
true perspective of how the grades are performing.
Sides would not be out of touch unless they are
performing poorly, losing all rinks consistently.
The Royal needs to look at the current points
system, as other codes such as rugby league and
rugby union have done with their points.
Avoca Beach BC
Points for pennants
SIR: I wholeheartedly support the comments of
Steve Glasson and E.B. Phillips in the May issue sug-
gesting the abandonment of aggregrate scoring in
Pennants. They have stated their case for a fairer
The present system is unfair as a team winning
one rink and the aggregate comes away with a win
(4 points) on the day, over their opponents who
won two rinks (2 points).
Could I suggest the following:
• A team winning 3 games gains 6 points (as it
• A team winning 2 games gains 4 points.
• A team winning 1 game gains 2 points.
This is a "fair" way of rewarding winning rinks
with equitable points for their efforts.
Could I also suggest that Pennants be played
over eight weeks instead of the current 10. This
would cut costs by 20%, a significant saving for
Is this a record?
SIR: Merrylands BC (MBC) has achieved what we
believe is a record.
After contesting 10 rounds of Pennants, MBC has
qualified seven grades for Post Sectional play from
seven attempts -- Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7(1), and 7(2).
Merrylands BC is continuing its commitment to
the development of bowlers with the appointment
of new club coach Neil Burkett.
Neil has some good bowlers with whom to
work. He will also be coaching the Western Sydney
Academy of Sport, local schools, new bowlers and
barefoot bowls parties.
Merrylands Magic 2 Bowl Triples: Friday 18 June,
4 games x 10 ends.
Merrylands Magic Junior Open Pairs: Friday 9 July,
male and female bowlers under 18 years.
Agrees with comments
SIR: I heartily agree with E.B. Phillips' comments in
the May issue regarding the aggregate board in
Pennants. This is a contrived nonsense and should
How can a side win two out of three rinks, and
still go down because of the ridiculous value (3
points) placed on an aggregate win overall.
May I humbly suggest a couple of solutions (apart
from removing aggregate entirely).
Only 1 point for aggregate win, then the above
scenario would result in a 2-all draw. I believe this
is a fairer result.
I would even go further and award 2 points for
a win and 1 for aggregate, then the above scenario
would result in a 4-3 win for the side which has
won 2 rinks.
I consider having won two out of three rinks
(despite an aggregate against), I deserve to come
off the green ahead.
East Roseville BC
Bowls in retirement
SIR: As a resident of a near-new retirement village,
one becomes acutely aware of the need for resources
in setting up the sporting needs of residents with
While villages are well supplied with capital
resources, such as bowling greens and tennis courts,
the actual equipment needed to play is sometimes
in short supply.
I would urge any bowls or other club that is
downsizing their stock of either indoor or outdoor
bowls equipment, to consider their local retirement
village before disposing of excess equipment.
Dural CC BC
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