Major bowls shake-up of Zone One after claims of power grab
FOLLOWING claims of a power grab and calls by 19 local bowls clubs for a new "democratic" election, Zone One has had a shake-up of its executives and directors.
Zone secretary and state councillor Ron Woodward (Clarence River) has been replaced in the dual role by Tony Hart (Tweed-Byron), the new zone president is star Ballina bowler Kris Lehfeldt, the vice-president is Greg Danvers, of Ballina, responsible also for youth development and communication, and the finance director is Aaron Pollack (Northern Rivers).
The directors are George Newell, Jim Clark, John Rae (assistant finance director) and Keith McWalters (bowls co-ordinator).
The 19 dissenting clubs - 12 from Tweed-Byron district, seven from Northern Rivers - submitted a special resolution to Zone One in January seeking to have all its executive and director positions declared vacant on the grounds that "the current executive is vastly different from that originally elected and the only democratic way to be sure clubs are properly represented is to hold fresh elections for all positions".
Claims of a power grab were made following the original election after four executive members resigned and the president and secretary were appointed under the terms of the zone constitution.
The clubs were circularised twice for the other positions.
These were filled by the only two applicants.
THE Compass Shield inter-district match at Ballina RSL was won by Northern Rivers East (six points plus 25) from Tweed-Byron (four points plus 22).
The Schipp Shield, run in conjunction, went to Tweed-Byron (six plus 23). Runner-up was Northern Rivers East (four plus 21).
THE top grade match between Ballina and South Lismore that was supposed to decide who was strongest in the NRDBA pennant race, couldn't separate them.
They played a draw, each picking up five points.
Topping them after two rounds is East Lismore, heading the table after downing Alstonville by 47 shots. The Easties, on 19 points, have a four point lead over Ballina and South Lismore.
In the other No 1 match, Lennox Head with a skinny single point win over Casino RSM, landed the biggest score of the day, nine points to one.
The table: East Lismore 19, Ballina 15, South Lismore 15, Lennox Head 10, Casino RSM 1, Alstonville 0.
Leaders in other grades: No 2 Evans Head, No 3 Lismore City, No 4 Casino RSM, No 5 Lismore Heights, No 6 Nimbin and No 7 Lennox Head.
In round one, Ballina Cherry St was awarded all No 5 points after Ballina RSL was ruled to have used an ineligible player.
BOWLS is making a comeback on free-to-air TV.
From May 18 a weekly Bowls Show with the game's biggest names - such as Steve Glasson, Karen Murphy, Kelvin Kerkow and Kelsey Cottrell - will be shown on SBS.
It will be hosted by Jack Heverin, initially the voice of bowls on the small screen and more recently fronting the widely popular Premier League coverage on Fox Sports.
The Bowls Show will bring the game free-to-air for the first time since 2011 when the 30-year relationship with the ABC ended.
Bowls Australia will maintain its relationship with Fox Sports as its pay-TV partner.
Fox will continue to televise live more than 30 hours of the Australian Premier League and the Australian Open.
Commenting on the introduction of the Bowls Show, Bowls Australia president Nigel Smith said: "There's a captured audience of 180,672 registered playing members, 421,172 bowls club members and 623,281 regular bowls participants in Australia who will once again have access to watch and be entertained by bowls on free-to-air television."
ON the 10th anniversary of Australia's unprecedented huge medal haul at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Wayne Turley - who was in the triples winning team - tells why he kept his cap on while playing.
Kelvin Kerkow and Mark Casey had arranged for the village hairdresser to colour the team's hair green-and- gold.
"It was only supposed to be a couple of hair colour tips but ended up the full works," Turley said.
"I was shattered and didn't want to come out of my room to play the final. My cap stayed on most of the game until we won gold and the hair didn't matter at all."
Australia's haul of three gold medals, one silver and one bronze made those Commonwealth Games the most successful ever for bowls.
In all sports Australia won 222 medals - 84 gold, 64 silver and 69 bronze.
COMING UP: South Lismore's Country Classic Open Pairs this Friday and Saturday.
See tomorrow's The Northern Star for Jim's thoughts on bowls returning to free-to-air TV.