Fixed bowls fees are on their way
BOWLS NSW's new fixed fee reg-istration for clubs that comes into effect next June excludes Bangalow, Cudgen Leagues, Grafton RSL and South Grafton Ex-Services temporarily.
They will be due to pay the fee the following February-March.
This was reported by state councillor Ron Woodward to the Ballina meeting of Zone One delegates and executive committee.
He said clubs had been issued with invoices showing how many members they had at May 30 this year. The Bowls NSW board was to review the figures in the next few months, in time for the clubs to finalise what fees they charge members.
Information sheets on 'pay-as-you-play' systems had been forwarded to clubs for their consideration. The sheets were prepared with the requirement that clubs should register all bowlers - social, casual, corporate, barefoot and competition.
"There is no doubt that there is a lot of misconception by club committees in respect to the fixed fee and the ratifications of the introduction of the module," the state councillor told the zone.
"The basis of the module is to have all clubs have their own independent membership structure/fee and to register all players with Bowls NSW."
He said the fixed fee would rise only in line with the CPI (Consumer Price Index) each year.
BOWLERS keen to accumulate points for Australian rankings have an official Bowls Australia qualifying tournament coming up.
It's East Lismore's two-day November Classic Two-Bowl Triples this Saturday and Sunday.
There's a prize pool of $6000 ($1800 to the winner) and play will start at 9.30am each day.
First day is four games of 13 ends. The top eight teams move into the second day to contest the major prizes while other teams play for secondary prizes.
Entries can be made by phoning 6621 5098 or email mensbc@eastlismorebowling club. com.au
Blackjacks win it
WHILE the Aussie cricketers were belting New Zealand bowlers all over the paddock in Perth, a different brand of bowlers from across the ditch was in Brisbane reversing the trend.
The New Zealand Blackjacks won the $110,000 four-day Australian Premier League tournament against bowls teams from every Australian state.
And in the side of three the Kiwis had the only woman of the tournament, 45-year-old Jo Edwards, a Commonwealth Games singles gold medallist and theNo 1 ranked woman bowler inthe world.
The award for Most Valuable Player went to Gold Coast international Mark Casey.
If it had gone to Jo Edwards nobody would have complained. Her draw shot play was consistently brilliant.
The New Zealand win relegated Adelaide to runner-up. The Australian Premier League has run for three years on Brisbane's Pine Rivers greens - this was the third time Adelaide has been the bridesmaid.
Kelvin Kerkow's Brisbane team, winner of the first Premier League, has finished at the tail-end of the field for the past two years.
FORMER local star junior Aaron Teys' brilliant performance in winning the Australian Open singles title has earned him a place in the NSW side to play Victoria at Mulgrave Country Club on January 20-21.
He will need to be at his best. He has been selected as second for the world-renowned Aron Sherriff.
Nigel's the new man
A GOLD Coast administrator has been elected president of Bowls Australia. Nigel Smith, of Tweed Heads, takes over from outgoing president Des Skinner.
Skinner held the post for three years, the maximum term under constitutional limitation.
Coming up ...
THIS Saturday: Lismore Workers Sports Cancer Care charity day. Saturday-Sunday: East Lismore Open Two-Bowl Triples.