MULLUM BOWLS: Darrin Blake and Sharon Thomas receiving their winners cheque from Tony Carsburg, after wining the Tony Carsburg Holden Mullumbimby Pairs
MULLUM BOWLS: Darrin Blake and Sharon Thomas receiving their winners cheque from Tony Carsburg, after wining the Tony Carsburg Holden Mullumbimby Pairs

Statewide meeting called by Bowls NSW

BOWLS NSW has called a meeting of officials from around the state to give their views on its pennants and other events.

Invited are district and zone delegates, club presidents, state councillors, secretaries and match committee chairs. The meeting is at the Sydney headquarters on October 29.

Topics are No 1 grade pennants and the schedule for state pennant finals, the 2017-2018 Conditions of Play, and any outstanding match matters.

Following input from the meeting, the No 1 competition and Conditions of Play will be published by the board.

Says the announcement: "The Bowls NSW board feels it both timely and important that there be an opportunity for the state match committee and club/district and zone stakeholders to come together at the one time to understand and discuss relevant points relating to association events prior to heading into our new season."

Different view

LAST week's mention that a special meeting to change a local club's constitution had the required quorum has been challenged by a reader. Because it was a special meeting, he said, it did not have a quorum and should have been deferred.

He points out that attendance at special meetings is limited to members entitled to vote and at this particular special meeting some of the members counted as making up the quorum (one more than the required number in this instance) were employees of the club and because they are not eligible to vote should not have been included.

Without their inclusion, the meeting did not have a quorum, the reader said. Not only was the vote that was taken invalid but the meeting should not have gone ahead.

Meetings, especially those dealing with the all-important club constitution, are legal events dealing with legal issues. They must be handled with the utmost attention paid to the correct procedure.

Juniors shine

YOUNGEST competitor in the $3600 Canal Road junior (under-18) tournament at Ballina RSL was nine-year-old Joey Farr who travelled with his family from Blayney, about 240km west of Sydney.

Star of the comp was Indi Conlan, now of Enoggera, who won the Gold Division final 21-9 against Tweed Heads' Jessica Srisamruabai. Conlan's twin brother Kit (Ballina Cherry Street) was beaten 19-16 for third place by Tait Collier (Lennox Head).

Other winners were - Silver: Shane White (Helensvale). Bronze: Kurt Forrester (Evans Head). Rising Star awards - Ella Elks (Lennox Head), Haylee Bruggy (Casino RSM). Umpires' award: Haylee Bruggy. President's award: Britanny Ross (Glen Innes).

Next year's event is at Ballina RSL on September 24-29.

Indi Conlan and Kurt Forrester have been named in the NSW Country Under-18 side to play City at Cabramatta on November 21-22.

New clubs

IT'S pleasing for the game to know that new bowls clubs are starting up. Victoria has two - Churchill, based in Gippsland's Latrobe Valley, and Royal Melbourne Golf which has had bowls played next to its course and now has affiliated with Bowls Victoria. Its green has been given a top rating by Bowls Victoria.

Churchill has been working towards an opening since a town meeting in 2007 established there was a need and desire in the area for a bowls club. The club started with a hall in which it has played indoor bowls while planning the outdoors green.

There's still work to be done on outdoors shelters and facilities but the club is confident it will have two pennant sides in the West Gippsland competition next season.

Grants available

CLUBS have until November 11 to apply for grants under the Local Sport program. The program provides $50,000 per NSW electorate for four project types - sport development, community sport events, sport access, facility development.

To be eligible, applicants must be incorporated, not-for-profit "grassroots" sport clubs.

Big lead

AARON Teys (Warilla) will lead for Australia's No 1 Aron Sherriff (Ettalong) in the NSW side to play ACT at Dapto on November 14-15. The other skips are Wayne Turley (Taren Point) and a Wagga bowler, David Ferguson.

MY VIEW: ON state meeting

I DON'T know whether we can thank the new man in the chair but the call for a meeting to discuss the way association matches are conducted is a breath of fresh air. Barry Watkins is the newly- elected Bowls NSW president and the announcement of the meeting says he'll welcome all to raise their views.

It's heartening that the people the state leaves to run its events are to be consulted and there should be no shortage of opinions on how the situation can be improved.

A general feeling exists that when it comes to pennants, Bowls NSW is interested only in the top grade. The agenda for this meeting, although it gives prominence to the No 1s, will allow those who attend the opportunity to state the case for the lower grades.

This sort of opinion-seeking meeting is well overdue. Clubs, districts and zones for too long have felt they are under the state body's orders without being given the opportunity to object or resist.

The open-handed approach should apply not only to Bowls NSW's competition events but to the many controversial aspects of its procedures.