Jim's View: How bowls has changed
HOW bowls has changed. Longevity once meant a person had spent many years at the game. No longer.
A Bowls Australia release discussing the busy schedule of Gold Coast international Mark Casey says he'll be returning to a New Zealand venue he played at eight years ago.
That, says the blurb, is a credit to Casey's longevity in the game.
There are plenty of people playing bowls after 50 years. Alstonville once had the Crawford brothers who were playing when they passed the century. That's longevity.
In this all-out bid to present the youthful look the oldies are treated as an embarrassment to be hidden like an unwanted relation.
Yet, despite the official smokescreen, wrinklies are the backbone of every club.
Without them, there'd be no sport called bowls.
Of course they'll die out. If the game is to live, we need replacements who are less ancient.
But for heaven sake don't let's attempt to get them by trying to delude the public that bowls is a game for the young that oldies can play.
In fact, that was a catchcry used a few years back, one that surely was withdrawn when somebody noted its inaccuracy - it was the wrong way around.
Okay, okay, so I'm one of the wrinklies. When will the hierarchy recognise that our game can't do without us?