Zone One defies the trends
WHILE official RNSWBA figures show a decrease of 628 affiliated members Statewide in the year to June 30, in Zone One ? Northern Rivers, Tweed-Byron, Clarence River districts ? 18 of its 37 clubs had an increase of a total 100 members.
Biggest rise in membership was East Lismore (15) and Lennox Head (12).
Others to lift their numbers were South Grafton RSL (9), Lismore City (9), Ocean Shores (8), Condong (8), South Lismore (6), Murwillumbah (5), Kyogle (4), Broadwater (4), Red Rock (4), Iluka (3), Nimbin (3), Brooms Head (3), South Grafton (3), Wooli (2), Bonalbo (1), Lismore RSL (1).
Those to lose members: Ballina RSL (31), Cabarita Beach (15), Casino RSM (15), Brunswick Heads (13), Grafton (13), Woodburn (9), Ballina (8), Lismore Workers Heights (8), Maclean (3), Pottsville (3), Coraki (3), Cudgen Leagues (3), Bangalow (2), Mullumbimby (1), Yamba (1), Evans Head (1).
Burringbar, Byron Bay and Urbenville remained steady, retaining their full membership.
The State showed a total affiliated membership of 67,426 ? down from the previous year's 68,054.
In a sport in which a large proportion of members are of an advanced age, natural attrition accounts for a share of the membership loss. An encouraging sign was the number of new bowlers in the game, 5496 ? an increase of 8 per cent.
Twelve clubs that had been affiliated with the RNSWBA in 2004 did not affiliate last year. They are: Auburn, Bankstown Trotting, Beverly Hills, Epping, Mittagong, Morrow Park Railway, Moss Vale Services, Oatley, Taree City RSL, Wagga City Leagues, Weston and Fairfield (Fairfield merged with Mounties).
The 12 clubs had 1182 members.
Biggest clubs in Zone One are Yamba (275), Ballina (251), Ballina RSL (204) and Grafton (200).
Clubs with the most members in the State are Bateau Bay (532), Port Macquarie City (509), Dapto Citizens (438) and Halekulani (420).
Membership of the major NSW Premier League clubs: Charlestown 366, Warilla 361, The Hills 329, St Johns Park 300.