|Trophy||Skipper||WA vs NSW||WA vs Tas||WA vs SA||WA vs Vic||WA vs Qld|
|Hamilton||Murray Piggott||12-25||19-16||21-10||10-23||11-30 (Adams)|
A bowler at Mosman Park had this to say about their day at the club with the million dollar view - "Tbone here from Dalwallinu bowling Club
Like to make mention of how good we got treated at the Mosman Park Bowling Club today at country week. Greens nothing short of sensational along with great lunch and sweets and crew at the club couldn’t help us enough.
I would be happy to draw here anytime
Be proud Mosman Park it was like country hospitality in the city. Well done
28th Feb 18 - Bowls WA have announced the sides and details about the game tomorrow night at Osborne Park, the link is here
27th Feb 18 - The annual City vs Country All Stars game is on again this Thursday night, squads to be announced later today but it's an event both city and country bowlers look forward to and with the domination of state events by country bowlers this year, it promises to be a cracking game. Game kicks off at Osborne Park at 6.30pm.
I will also put the draws for Countryweek in the draws section of the site. Some enticing games coming up in all disciplines. If anyone wants to provide a run down of the event this week or even as the games are being played, happy to print them, send to me at email@example.com
5th Mar 18 - Midland Morrison have sent a photo of some prescription glasses that have been left at their club over the journey, have a look and if they look like yours then give Winston Evill a ring on 0409294793
Just a reminder that we are starting the under 18,s Junior Coaching Clinic up again. If you have any Kids, Grandkids, friends or neighbours wanting to have a go please let them know.
Players are welcome from all areas and neighbouring clubs.
Start Date - This Saturday the 10th Feb 2018
Start Time - 9.00am finished approx. 10.30am
Duration – Four Weeks
Venue - Quinn’s Bowling Club
Coach - Don McKenzie
Cost - No Charge
Equipment - All supplied from Quinn’s Club
After the four week clinic finishes there will be the inaugural Quinn’s Rocks Under 18,s singles championship with a further opportunity to play in the State Under18,s Championship later in the year.
We would like to also offer at this time Full Membership to the Bowling Club for the rest of this season at a cost of $20.00 and also offer your first full uniform Shirt ,Shorts /Pants and Hat for a one of cost of $25.00
If you have any further queries please feel free to contact
Bowls WA Men’s Selection Panel has announced the Final Men’s State Squad Selections. These players were selected from the Trial Squad to vie for a position in the 2018 Side representing Western Australia at the Australia Sides Championships in Northern Territory at Darwin and Nightcliff Bowling Clubs May 2nd – 5th 2018.
The 16-strong Squad includes ten of the twelve Side Players from last year alongside two prior state players in Dave Rankin and Scott Walker. Three other new selections hold past and current State Game wins with the most current being Warren Holt from Wagin who recently won the 2018 State Singles, Anthony Williams of Manning winning the 2017 State Pairs while runner-up in the Singles, and Blake Nairn from Bassendean who won the 2017 State Singles and 2015 Pairs. Ryan Moyle from Doubleview rounds out the selection of 16 squad members – Ryan has had an excellent first year skipping in Premier League currently sitting 7th on the skippers ladder.
The Final State Side will be announced mid-March prior to the Side Series commencing in May.Men’s 2018 State Squad
With the country zone games about to commence, it has re-ignited a thought of mine about the city zones, and why we don’t in the city have something similar. I remember when I first moved to Perth in 2003 that I got selected for a zone game, but in those days it was more about giving people a go from a variety of clubs and they weren’t very serious affairs. For me I loved it, but they died away and I don’t think we have had any since.
I see a lot of benefits to our state side if we got these going again and made them a serious competition, something to play for, something that will look good on a players resume that they have achieved a city zone win, representative game and the like. I think Bowls WA have already got clubs into zones but below is my list of the 60 odd city clubs and the zones they could potentially belong to –
|Doubleview||Merriwa AFA||Safety Bay||Bedford|
|Lake Monger||Osborne Park||East Fremantle||Gosnells|
|Mt Pleasant||Sorrento||Kwinana||Midland Morrison|
|Perth and Tattersalls||Stirling||Leeming||Morley|
|Victoria Parl Carlisle||Wanneroo||Mosman Park||Pickering Brook|
So, from these clubs, we could have the following potential players, in no particular order –
Central – Adams, Patterson, J Sharp, Harris, Strahan, Bessant, Brandsma, McIlroy, Moyle, Rankin, C Slavich, White, Staples, S Walker, A Sharp, Pauling
Northern – Dempsey, Clayton, Gillingham, Grigg, Mawdsley, Packer, Stevens, Caffell, Lander, Loftus, B Ball, J Slavich, Hoffman, Golem, Davies, Douthie
Southern – McKay, Wachmer, Foy, Comrie, Galipo, Kemp, Knott, Marsland, T Mitchell, M Mitchell, Williams, Withers, Wishart, P Walker, Lang
Eastern – Manton, Nairn, J Opie, Alden, Nicholls, Provost, Bainbridge, Butler, Cox, Warne, Hutchinson, A Southern, P Park***Again, not a definitive list but a guide as to who could represent the zones***
The benefits as I see them could be as follows, again in no particular order –
STATE SQUAD SELECTION – If we use the zone games as a selection process for the City vs Country game at Osborne Park (and that’s exactly what the Country Zone games do), we can then use that game as a state squad selection process, and then use the next month as bonding games for the final state side selection.
It means that people do not have to commit 6 months in order to gain state side representation, but can enjoy their bowls for the first 12 pennant games, state events, club events and then when the zonal games commence then they can implement any state team rules at that stage.
CLUB EVENTS – The clubs that currently have state squad players either work their club events around the availability of their squad reps or the squad reps don’t even play in the games. That puts a lot of pressure on clubs to find enough dates on the calendar to hold all their club events so that state squad reps can play. By holding off on squad selection until March, clubs can have more free dates to get their club events done and dusted and have all of their club players involved.
STATE SIDE PLAYERS PLAYING IN POSITION – What I mean by this is that when we have the zone games, the zones are loaded with talent and so potential state leaders can be asked to lead in the zone games and hone that craft in a competitive environment. The same can be said for 2nds and 3rds. Most of our state side historically have come from skippers and that’s because they are generally our best bowlers, but in a zone environment, not everyone can skipper and it gives our selectors a good look at players playing in a position and see how they handle it over a few games
CLUB MOVEMENT – I’ve wondered for a while whether our mass player movements occur because bowlers want an opportunity to play at a top level, but if a club gets demoted from PL, will these zonal games see better players stay at a club they enjoy, and still ply their trade at a high level of competition, even if for only 3 or 6 games whether that would be enough for them to stay and not transfer? I’m don’t know if it would, but it might.
LADDERING – By this I mean it provides a player with a stepping stone to greater heights. At the moment the gap between Premier League and the state side is pretty big, where a zone game represents a rung on a ladder in between and give players with prospects such as Sean Mawdsley, Beau Manton, Dale Marsland, Miles Kemp etc an opportunity to play at the next level of bowls and then the climb is not as high to the next level. In other states they play plenty of “test matches” against other states during the year where they can blood people on a regular basis, but we don’t have that luxury, so these zone games are the next best thing. Perhaps if we can institute test matches against South Australia and Northern Territory then that can be another level again.
SELECTORS – The 4 zones can have the state selectors in charge of that zone, and they can organise that zone how they like. Have a practice hit-out, pick the side how they see it but with a view to a state squad selection, and then when the time comes to choose the state squad they have seen lots of games from lots of players and can make an informed judgement.
FRIDAY NIGHTS – I see the games as being played on Friday night in January and February, rotating venues through the zones and this can give exposure to other bowlers who like watching good bowls. I would have thought these games would be of a high quality, clubs can put on food, bar revenue would be good for the host club, expose the game at it highest level to all bowlers.
These are only thoughts and trying to improve our game, bring it to the people but ultimately improving our higher level bowlers by getting them to play more quality games that mean something and hopefully then, the flow on effect would be to win that Alley Shield again. I’m happy for people to be critical of my thoughts, refine it a bit and make comment on it. Send me a note on my contact page
Bowls WA Women’s Selection Panel has announced the Final Women’s State Squad Selections. These players were selected from the Training Squad to vie for a position in the 2018 Side representing Western Australia at the Australia Sides Championships in Northern Territory at Darwin and Nightcliff Bowling Clubs May 3rd – 6th 2018.
The 16-strong Squad includes eleven of the twelve Side Players from last year missing Shenayde Heldt and reinstating Noelene Abe, who had been replaced by Kelli Wray. New to the Squad this year is Jill Adam from Geraldton, Robyn Jolly from Manning, Jenny Rogalski and Kim Simms from Dudley Park, and a returning Linda Warburton from Mosman Park.
The Final State Side will be announced mid-March prior to the Side Series commencing in May.State Squad 2017
26th Nov 17 - Innaloo have tried to forge ahead with the re-build of their club and they have received some donations of money and time from their members and have re-developed the area in front of the clubhouse. If you haven't been there recently it looks fantastic, some photos here -
The area has already generated revenue for the club with function hire and with the hot weather just around the corner, the club is hoping this area can generate more revenue and spruce up more of the club. Already a kids area is being developed and more changes are on the cards
26th Nov 17 - Whilst I was overseas, the Mens State Squad of 24 bowlers was announced and I didn't have a chance to list the personnel. With the resignation of Pieter Harris, would the selectors will the gap with someone? They have elected to do so, with recent State Fours winner and also State Triples winner from a couple of seasons ago Kevin McKay filling the void. Congratulations to him and to all the 24 that have been picked at this stage. The list is as follows -Clive Adams Cambridge (2017 Side)
20th Nov 17 - Quinn's Rocks has started an Under 18s Coaching session on Saturday Mornings.
Our first day was well attended with Nine prospective players all having a go and what a day it was with some very real talent out there.
One of our Juniors Callum Potter has never picked up a bowl before and had three touches in the short game we had after coaching. Hope we can convince him to continue on as with him and all the others their enthusiasm was right up there.
So thanks to Callum, Jacob, Thomas ,Sam ,Cody ,Ryan, Mason, Mathew and Mathew.(Thanks also to the Mums and Dads and Grandparents that brought the kids along) Also big shout out to Bowls WA for their assistance and to our Club Coach Don McKenzie ,without people like Don putting their hand up to help out, our great game would suffer, so thanks again Don.
Now coaching continues this Saturday 9.00am for a 9.30am start and will be completed by 11.00am. It is proposed to organise a small game from another club in about two weeks and then we will select one or two teams and enter them into the Quinn's Jack Attack Comp starting on Dec-1st If anybody is interested in joining please come along and have a go you have got nothing to lose.
Cost = Free
Gear = Quinn's can supply all the Gear required, training drills, bowls,etc
You can contact Shane Smith on 0458588030 if anyone is interested
1st Nov 17 - Cody Packer is doing the Movember cause again this year, which has been such a good cause for male diseases and depression over the years. The link to his page is here and we will track his growth and donation performance over the next month, It is a worthy cause and if can spare a few dollars then donate through Cody. If anyone else is doing the same thing, send me your link and a before picture and I will be happy to promote it.
The link is here
21st Oct 17 - High drama at Innaloo again and this time sees the resignation of the whole bowls committee and a mass walkout of bowlers, predominantly men 1st division bowlers which has led to the withdrawal of the Saturday One White side and the Midweek Premier League team. Of course their withdrawal will affect every division downwards so it is a huge move. More information will be known Monday when Bowls WA will make an announcement regarding the teams moving up. It will probably mean a complete re-work of the draws but it's surely better than a weakened side playing in a high division.
21st September 17 - The Everest Singles event, the largest event of it's kind certainly held here in WA is now only about a month away, and Russell Tyrrell from the Dudley Park Bowling Club has sent through the latest updates on players.Everest Tournament
Check the Facebook page for updates, and the live draw is likely to be conducted live on their Facebook maybe this week
10th September 17 - the Womens State Squad of 22 has been announced, this article direct from the Bowls WA website here and copied below -
16th August 17 - Melville Magic On The Move
Approximately six years ago the Melville Bowling Club approached the City of Melville with a request for support with the installation of one synthetic green. The City answered no to the request and the Melville Bowling Club representatives at the time were actually more surprised when the City advised that they would like to relocate the bowling club from it’s current location.
Garry McCormack the bowling club president at that time and his committee were sent into a spin and along with the clubs members voted against and fought off any idea of relocating. The club continued to be competitive on the greens and worked extremely hard to make sure the Melville Bowling Club remained financially secure and sustainable over the following years.
In recent times however and after many long and drawn out meetings with the City, the bowling club presidents and club management group, followed by two club member voting processes, the club has now voted on moving to a new “state of the art” bowling complex at the nearby Tompkins Park Sporting Centre. Obviously the move has outraged some members, which is understandable given the bowling clubs existence at the current location for over 60 years however in the whole, the majority of members have agreed on the move and look forward to moving into the fantastic new complex at Tompkins Park consisting of 4 x synthetic greens, two greens covered by an all weather structure along with a refurbishment of the current Tompkins Park Sporting Centre to suit bowling club requirements. The move to the new complex will at the same time see an amalgamation of Melville Bowling Club and the nearby Mount Pleasant Bowling Club to form a larger and stronger new entity club in readiness for 2018/19 pennant season start.
After recent elections at Melville we again see Gary McCormack back in the president seat and a working group consisting of representatives from both bowling clubs continues to work closely with the City of Melville making progress with the new bowling club complex design, amalgamation and transition.
Gary was recently quoted, “After some very stressful times, we can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. Majority of club members can’t wait to get to play at our new state of the art bowling complex. It’s been a long and hard journey but now it’s getting exciting.”
Look out bowling world, there appears to be a very strong club about to evolve and with what sounds like could possibly be the best bowling facility in this state!
Melville Bowling Club Management Group
13th August 17 - "There have been a lot of rumours and facebook posts regarding the Innaloo Mens Bowling Club.
Be assured we are alive and well.
A new committee has been voted in including experienced selectors Cameron Hoffman(chairman), Barry Woods, Russell Hill and Rob Marlin.
By finishing 4th in Saturday division 1 white and 7th in Thursday 1 red (after being in 4th position prior to the last round) we have retained both these grades. Our second division team in both competitions finished in the top four and pushed hard for promotion to 1st division.
Rumours of an exodus of players are incorrect. 1st team backend players who have committed to play for the 2017/18 season are; Cameron Hoffman, Jerome Clayton, Wayne Hartzer, Andrew Tennant, Ben Poggi and Terry Cranswick, giving us a solid platform to build from. The strenght of our performances last year was our overall depth with consistent performances from all 16 players. The nucleus of our frontend players remains in tack.
In early September the carpet playing surface will be replaced. Minor work on the underlay and concrete base will further enhance the quality of the playing surface. Members continue to enjoy the undercover facilities with no sun, lower temperatures, no need for hats or sunblock and less wind.
Take the mighty REDBACKS for granted at your own peril.
10th August 17The recent Bowls WA Board meeting for July contained an interesting discussion point –
7.2 BPL / Perth Suns The CEO tabled two reports on the performance of the team in New Zealand; one from BA and the other from Coach Therese Hastings. Each was very complimentary on the performance of the team. BA had sought the finalisation of each of the franchise teams by 15th August for BPL#6.
There was general discussion on the perceived value of the franchise to achieve its primary objective of increasing participation in the sport; noting that it was difficult to draw any direct correlation between involvement as a franchise and increased participation. It was noted that Bowls SA had withdrawn from the BPL citing cost pressures and the better utilisation of financial resources.
After a query from Tim Murray the CEO informed the Board of BWA’s contractual arrangements as a Licensee, confirming a further two years remained on the existing Agreement. Board members expressed differing opinions on the continuation of the team in the competition, with Vince Del Prete seeking further information before being subject to any form of vote; noting a commitment made via the Licence Agreement and no prior communication with BA on the matter.
The President sought the Board’s position on the continuation of the Perth Suns licence currently owned by BWA. A majority decision to seek release from the Agreement as per the terms of the contract was reached, with the CEO to contact Bowls Australia as a matter of urgency to inform them of this position.
There are things of note to come out this which people may not be aware of. One is that Bowls SA have already withdrawn from the BPL, so Adelaide Endurance will not participate in any future BPL’s. The second is that we in WA want to, but may see out this season but withdraw for any future years. Bowls WA alluded to financial constraints and a difficulty in showing a return on investment from playing in the BPL.
It is surprising considering how well both organisations have done over the years - Adelaide barely missing a finals series and Perth also very consistently in the finals apart from last year, but even then, only just missing out - surprising in that both organisations aren’t earning enough back in prizemoney to justify the cost. Also interesting to note is that SA and WA are the only sides funded by the states governing body (maybe NZ, not to sure) but the other sides funded by private clubs (read pokies).
With costs approximately $40-$50k, it is hard to justify the spend from a purely monetary viewpoint. What is WA getting from that sort of spend? Not much, the development of 3 of our bowlers, the exposure of the sport in the state, but we are seeing the continued decrease in numbers, so obviously the exposure is not converting people to the sport here. And with only Kristina Krstic getting recognized in the Australian sides, the development of those few people is not working.
I think it’s a good move to pull out of the APL - the absence of pokies or a significant sponsor is the killer really, that money can be better spent elsewhere. Grass roots seems to be the buzz word courtesy of the Australian cricketers, so will those funds be put towards grass roots bowls? I don’t think people mind us keeping the $40k, but we would like to see it spent on bowls I suspect and not in general revenue. Increasing the prizemoney for state and country week events, purchase of jack attack equipment for all clubs, assisting with the conversion of players from other sports (cricket, tennis, netball, football) joining bowls somehow, creating a junior league or a schools league for players under 18 on Saturday mornings.
I loved seeing our WA bowlers on the big screen and being very competitive in the big league, Clive Adams, Tom Mitchell, Matt Ellul, John Slavich and Krstina Krstic and will hate not seeing them and others in the future and firmly believe that for the APL to be a success, Bowls Australia need to have all the states involved, but also agree that the costs are prohibitive for us and SA to continue competing without the private dollar. It’s a shame, but the right decision has been made.
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31st July 17 - Something that is going viral is the plight of the Chadstone Bowling Club in Melbourne, and the cover of the Beyonce song Single Ladies by some elderly lady bowlers at the club. Click the link to watch and read all about it
29th July 17 - Today, I and about 150 others attended the Bowls WA AGM and the big drawcard, prompting such a large attendance, was the vote concerning the season’s fixtures for 2017/18. A person I spoke with who has attended many AGMs over the years said it was the highest attendance they’d ever seen by far! The change to a 14-game pennant season has had a real impact and interest was high in the motion which would see it revert back to the traditional 18. I won’t be reporting on the AGM but solely on the vote itself.
We had 3 clubs invited to speak both FOR and AGAINST the motion this morning and below is a summary of what was said, without naming the clubs involved.
Bowls WA president Kerry Anderson was diplomatic about the result but obviously disappointed. She now urged all bowlers to work together to improve members’ and playing conditions in the years ahead. She again mentioned the loss of the Challenge Cup was disappointing, especially in the eyes of new sponsor BLK.
The feedback I have heard today, and also in the lead up to the AGM, was that bowlers are responding positively towards the Challenge Cup and it is true that Bowls needs to find a competition that appeals to those with a shorter attention-span. Certainly at my club all attendees were positive about playing in the Challenge Cup and the few clubs that have been trialing the format have enjoyed it, so why do we need to ditch the concept? Perhaps it could be played as a voluntary Friday night competition in February? Perhaps it could be played in late April/May when the greens are running great, the weather is perfect for bowls, there are less public holidays to contend with and it can be run as a continuous week to week competition. The popularity of the various pairs competitions around the place shows that quite a few bowlers are still keen to play at that time of the year.
The challenge for Bowls WA will now be to alter the fixtures that have already been released and to work out which teams will be promoted, or demoted or stay the same. The difficulty will be where to insert the additional four games into the current 14-game fixture. The current fixture has the State Triples on the 6th January and the Challenge Cup on the 13th and 20th, with the State Singles commencing on the 21st and through to the Australia Day weekend like normal. My suggestion would be to move the State Triples back to April, thus creating three Saturdays in January for Pennants. There had been a lot of angst about the stop start nature of January’s fixture anyway and using those three Saturdays for Pennants would certainly alleviate that.
After the vote, the organisers of the Everest 64 appealed to Bowls WA not to move the State Fours forward to their weekend of the 14th October to make way for an additional pennant round at the start of the season. From what was mentioned, 20 gun bowlers are coming from interstate to compete in the Everest which means about 40 of our most talented locals (assuming most will be city bowlers) will take the remaining places. I’m sure they won’t be in favour of anything as significant as a State event being scheduled on the same day. This leaves only the weekend of the 20th for the State Fours and the 27th for the commencement of Pennant bowls; as they are currently scheduled in the existing fixture. What this means is that we are likely to have a double header weekend somewhere in the season. Double headers have historically not been popular with bowlers, but I think it would be more appealing than a pennant game on the 23rd December!
It was an interesting morning and seeing the revised fixturing, when it is released in a few weeks’ time, will be just as interesting. Stay tuned!
26th July 17 - Bowls Australia have announced the disbanding of the state NTC programs and replaced it with an Australia wide emerging squads program instead. Link Here
19th July 17 - More than a rumour: Former Australian champion-of-champions singles winner, Jeff Hall, will be lining up for Mount Pleasant this coming bowls season. So too are Merv Hughes and John Aitken from Melville.
The Mounties have one more year left at its Bedford Road (Ardross) premises before moving to Tompkins Park where a new $9.4 million combined sporting complex, incorporating a state-of-the-art lawn bowls facility, will be established.
Design work is already underway for the new bowls facility, which promises to be the best of its kind in Australia, if not the world. Scheduled to be open for the start of the 2018/19 bowls season, the new bowls facility will comprise four 40-square-metre sand-filled synthetic, fully lit and fully reticulated bowling greens, two of which will be under cover.
Already the Western Australian Bowling Arm Association has expressed early interest in staging a national championship bowls event at Tompkins Park in 2019.
The use of prosthetic bowling arms has taken off in a big way across Australia, so much so that an estimated 15,000 people now use the devices to deliver their bowls. In WA an estimated 2,500 bowlers use prosthetic arms for pennant and social bowls – and the number is growing.
Last year the Darwin Bowls Club opened a new undercover bowling rink, and its membership and bar takings rose by 25-30 per cent within 12 months. The attraction of a new facility that offers out-of-the-sun comfort to bowlers in the heat of summer was a major reason for the big boost in club membership.
No doubt the same will happen at Tompkins Park when bowlers from the Mount Pleasant and Melville bowling clubs combine to establish their newly branded combined club over the next 12 months.
Whether a proposed wave park project at Melville goes ahead or not – and there has been plenty of opposition to it already – development of the new multi-million dollar bowling facility at Tompkins Park will definitely go ahead.
Meanwhile, it is business as usual at the Mount Pleasant Bowling Club where members are as enthusiastic as ever. Members are looking forward to playing all of their pennant games for the 2017/18 season on the existing smooth, fast-running A and B grass greens at Bedford Road before they shift to Tompkins Park later next year.
Mount Pleasant pennant bowls selector John Terrell (Tel 0402615720) is keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining the Mounties this coming pennant season ahead of the expected membership rush that is likely when the shift to Tompkins Park takes place in September or October 2018.
14th July 17 - With the upcoming AGM and the all important vote for or against the motion to revert the season back to an 18 game season, Bowls WA have sent to clubs, both country and city, about the vote and their position concerning it.
29th June - it seems I have the rules of voting slightly wrong. When it comes to the votes, only a majority margin of the votes received needs to occur in order for the motion to be carried, but all clubs in WA can vote if they wish. This changes the landscape somewhat and I think it promises to be a very close vote and an interesting AGM regardless of the result.
27th June - The upcoming Bowls WA AGM includes a motion to revert the season back to an 18 game season from the 14 game season being implemented for next season. Below are the documents sent from Bowls WA, including the motion and the section of the constitution covering notice of motions -
In case you've lived under a rock for 12 months of bowls seasons, Metreopolitan Perth next season will change from a 10 team 18 game season to a 8 team 14 game season per division, and also implementing a Triples Challenge Cup to fill in the holes left in the season. John Goddard particularly took umbridge at that and has spent the past 6 months putting together a team of people to reverse this decision and have submitted the notice of motion attached.
Essentially the motion is saying we should go back to how we have played pennants in the city for decades. In order for it to be upheld, a majority of clubs in WA need to support the motion. This is all clubs in WA, not only the Metropolitan clubs impacted by the change in the season. There are around 60 clubs in Metro WA, so even if all of those clubs support the motion, at least another 40 clubs will also need to vote in favour. My understanding is the Metro clubs need to be in attendance to vote, so their absence will mean a non-support of the motion.
It seems a mountain too high to climb for John Goddard and the Osborne Park Bowling Club but I admire the action of him and his team. In essence they probably need the support of about 60 or more country clubs to get it upheld, that will require some major phoning around. It will also require the attendance to the AGM of the Metro clubs in order to place their votes, again some major phoning around.
There could be some huge ramifications out of this vote, dismissed or upheld. What if the motion fails, but 50 of the metro clubs all vote for the 18 game season. With such a majority of clubs wanting an 18 game season for those directly affected by the change, will Bowls WA revert the season back to 18 games anyway? If upheld and the 18 game season played, what happens to last seasons results, who then gets promoted and demoted through all the divisions? Has Bowls WA got a back-up plan in case the 18 game season goes ahead?
The bowls AGM is on the 29th July, and whether you supporet or denounce the motion, it is certainly one that all bowlers should attend as the future of our sport in this state in on the line.
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10th June - Bowls Australia have announced plans for the BPL Cup, details can be found at this link -
First thought are this is a great innovation for bowls and the club bowler to form a team from his club and try his or her hand at qualifying. This year the annual Mandurah APL which has only one team from each club competing and the winning team will get a trip to the BPL in November for 3 players. From next year onwards it then opens up to many entrants from one club all trying to qualify, potentially having regional winning teams before a State Final to decide the winner. To me this is a much better way of introducing a new style of bowls rather than forcing clubs to compete in the Challenge Cup for the next season onwards. I think the BPL Cup will be a hit amongst clubs and bowlers, time will tell.