Jim’s View: On state competition venues
WE LIVE in a big State and we can't expect every Bowls NSW qualifying event to be in our backyard. But when venues are being doled out, we seem to be Cinderellas.
Bowls NSW is calling nominations for its under-25 singles championship, open to men and women. To be in it a bowler has to play in regional qualifying rounds at - wait for it - Warilla, Maitland City, Taren Point or Dubbo.
Anyone from our neck of the woods will need to take a sandwich for sustenance on the trek.
Win at one of the only four venues in July-August and they'll need another sandwich, as the finals will be at Cabramatta on September 23.
Okay, so the Bowls NSW controllers try to give every region a turn at hosting events.
But when none of the venues are within reasonable travelling distance, they are all but cancelling out participation by bowlers in the far-off northern regions.
Surely one venue could be allotted closer to home.
It's no better for anyone from up here who wants to try qualifying for the open-to-all Australian men's indoor singles. May-June qualifying rounds are at Warilla and East Cessnock.
But, thank heavens, the final will be at its traditional home - Tweed Heads - on August 22-25.
At least a road map won't be needed to get there.