Jim’s View: On the game’s forgotten players

THE hierarchy's pleasant little catchcry that bowls is a young person's sport that oldies can play deludes nobody.

Those in the game are well aware the lion's share of greens trundlers are retired or on a pension. Playing days cater for them. This often leads to those who work during the week being forgotten.

Men at least hold their important events such as pennants and most tournaments at the weekend.

Not so the women. Their pennants are held on weekdays, usually two in the same week.

Their tournaments, too, are mid-week affairs. This has led to many working women complaining they would play in these competitions if they could. They can't, so they are lost to the game.

Queensland shows it is alive to the problem with its Women's Team Challenge, run on a Saturday.

In one corner of the state alone, 300 women playing in the comp shows it is meeting a need.

It would be interesting to know how many of them are working women who have seized the chance to play.

The number of men and women in our sport keeps tumbling.

We can't afford the luxury of continuing in the manner of other times when greens were filled to capacity whatever day they were used.