Former Ballina bowler Aaron Teys have been selected in the Australian team for a second straight year.
Former Ballina bowler Aaron Teys have been selected in the Australian team for a second straight year. Glen Wimberley

No reason for increase in bowler transfer fee

BOWLS NSW has more than doubled – from $11 to $25 – the fee it charges bowlers to transfer from one club to another.

The state body has notified clubs by circular that this applies from July 1. It gives no reason for the increase. Is it the amount of work involved or is it a money grab?

Can’t be the work – in this computer age the transfer of a bowler probably takes only a couple of clicks on the keyboard.

The bowler changing clubs will have had Bowls NSW take $60 from his old club’s membership fee, $25 for his transfer clearance, then another dip out of what he pays his new club to be a member.

Are we trying to encourage people to continue in our game or trying to frighten them away?

Great results

OUR zone’s youngsters performed well at last week’s NSW junior championships at Warilla with Kit Conlan (Ballina) making it through to the singles semi-final before going down 16-31 to Luke Grainger (St Johns Park).

On the way to the semis, Grainger beat Jono Davis (St Johns Park) who was aiming for his third straight NSW junior singles championship and to become the first to bring off the triple since international and Australian coach Cameron Curtis. The former Mullumbimby boy did it in 1986, 87 and 88.

Grainger lost the final 31-18 to Jayden Gebbie (Warilla).

In the pairs Kit Conlan and twin brother Indi (South Lismore) won 21-10 and 17-11 before losing 15-21 to Zachary Miller/Jono Davis in sectional play.

In the fours the twins, with Jamez Percy (Casino RSM) and Tait Collier (Lennox Head), drew their first two games, each 13-13, then lost the third 9-13.

Aussie reps

AARON Teys (22, Warilla), the most successful junior this region has produced, apart from Cameron Curtis, has retained his place in the 12-man Australian squad.

The squad announced after the Australian Open is normally for the next 12 months, but national coach Steve Glasson has decided the current contract period is until the conclusion of the world championships.

Ben Twist (26, St Johns Park) and Scott Thulborn (32, Adelaide. SA) are two new faces in the squad.

Others are: Mark Casey (34, Helensvale), Max Kleinig (27, Holdfast Bay, SA), Barrie Lester (34, Mulgrave, Vic), Ray Pearse (34, Cabramatta), Nathan Rice (37, Helensvale), Wayne Reudiger (39, Grange, SA), Aron Sherriff (30, Ettalong), Brett Wilkie (42, Helensvale) and Aaron Wilson (24, Clayton, Vic).

New format

THE success of the Queensland competition, The Sevens, indicates it’s a lead that NSW should follow to cater for bowlers disillusioned with pennants. The Sevens, as the name implies, has sides of seven players – one singles, one pairs team, one fours. It aims to be a competition that is fair and equitable so that clubs of all sizes can be competitive.

There are five divisions, two of them for over-60s. The divisions are mostly based on pennant gradings, except in the open Division One which has no limitations and Division One Over-60s with age the only restriction.

There’s no doubt that singles and pairs are the popular formats of our game. The Sevens limits the dreary fours.

Two teams of triples instead of the one fours would make this comp even more popular.

Wiki bowls

THE “wick”, that maligned shot that bumps a wayward bowl in to score, has one computer savvy bowler claiming he learnt how to wick from Wikipedia.

JIM’S VIEW On ‘hosting fees’

ANY club wanting to hold a state pennant final next year must pay a “hosting fee” of $5000 plus GST to Bowls NSW for any of the seven grades. The fee is advised in the state body’s current call for expressions of interest to stage 2017’s major events.

“Hosting a state pennant final has the potential to generate a significant return on investment for the club and for the local businesses,” Bowls NSW says, inferring that if there’s money to be made, it wants a share.

With such a hefty outlay clubs would be looking for sponsors. But wait … Bowls NSW says clubs can’t go to the local council or the town’s Visitor Information Centre – though these two sources with their interest in attracting people to the area are the most likely to provide financial help. Bowls NSW reserves them for itself. It says it contacts both through an agent. Any money received “will be applied towards the hosting fees for clubs with that council area, reducing the commitment of those clubs”.

It rules that clubs may partner with local businesses to offset the hosting fee but these must not conflict with any Bowls NSW sponsors and Bowls NSW approval must be obtained.

I get disillusioned with our game when the state charges clubs a “hosting fee” to stage official events. The state drains enough from club membership fees to be able to allocate these without wanting more largesse. It’s like big brother dipping his hand into his impoverished sibling’s pocket.

Anyhow, isn’t it Bowls NSW’s major role to foster bowls around the state and not only in areas affluent enough to be able to pay a “hosting fee”?

If it wasn’t so serious I’d laugh at the oft-stated official claim that the vast income from that money-grabbing logo is being used to promote “grassroot bowls”.

What could be more grassroots than a major event in the Cinderella region?

Coming up

THE Irene Bishop Memorial Day (mixed triples, 12.30pm start, plenty of prizes) at Lismore City on July 31. Email any items for inclusion in this page.