Mission: Impossible for Zone One city foray

ONCE again Zone One sent a side south on Mission: Impossible – taking on the professionals and semi-pros of the Big Smoke in the State interzone comp.

Our locals perform creditably on each occasion they undertake the expensive trek, though the result is usually lopsided.

First up this time, they came up against Central Coast which, while it has some top personnel, is not in the same class as the Sydneysiders. Central Coast won 74-70.

Next, it was Sydney South, a side loaded with stars from Taren Point and Engadine clubs. Sydney South won 103-66.

Third game was against Sydney Central and more big names to go down 88-65.

Zone One must wonder whether this is worthwhile.

At least in the days of the Country zone finals, our sides weren’t always on a hiding to nothing.

Too much change

“IF NOTHING changes, then we will continue in the same old way reaping the same results”.

So sayeth the State president in print a few months ago.

Every bowler who can remember the way it once was, wouldn’t mind reaping the same results.

The game not too many years back was on the up and up, greens were full, everybody was satisfied.

Then the powers-that-be started making changes. They messed around with the bias of bowls and
made a mint for the manufacturers but turned the game into a contest to see who can get the skinniest
line to the jack.

Remember the arc of the maximum draw bowl as it homed in from wide out? That intrigued outsiders and attracted them to a game that was different.

If they wanted skittles, they could go to a tenpin alley.

Lawn bowls were tested regularly to make sure everybody had the same bias – it was a matter of who could use them best, not who could afford to pay through the nose for the latest and skinniest in the speckled variety.

Then our clothes were changed. Whites, by far the best suited for our climate, were out. On pain of
disqualification, everybody was forced to buy only gear they were told they could.

While the manufacturers again were laughing all the way to the bank, mature men were forking out money to be made look ridiculous in stars, stripes and colour splashes.

But if players wanted to wear ragbag clothes on social days, or turn out on the green in bare feet, that was OK.

And the rules! My word, they were changed – the rules gurus never stopped fiddling.

Among their most significant changes was lengthening the jack delivery. That deprived the game of its best tactical move, the short end, and everybody in the country was up in arms over it. But we meekly bowed down to the wishes of World Bowls and, regardless of what this change has done to the game, we still have it

Yes, Mr State President, we’ve made changes. But take a look at playing numbers. Do you say the changes have worked?

LISMORE Workers Heights doesn’t let the tiftdwarf grow under its feet when it can make its tournaments better.

The club acted quickly after last week’s mention that rating women and non-pennant bowlers at three points each for its Super-10 event on September 29, prevented three women from playing as a team and
was not over-generous to non-pennanters.

Heights bowls co-ordinator George Newell says women and non-pennant players are now rated at five points, instead of three.

A few places remain in the field – it’s open to men’s, women’s or mixed teams with a total 10 points. Pennant grades are rated No 1s one point, No 2s two points, and so on.

This is one not to miss. It avoids the stacked teams that make many tourneys a foregone conclusion.

THE top 10 in the latest singles national rankings might be a case of who (?) in a few instances: Leif Selby, Anthony Kiepe, Todd Simmons, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey, David Holt, Alex Murtagh, Ashley Klose, Scott Taylor, Nathan Rice.

Based on tournament results, do these rankings really show who are the best bowlers in Australia?

VISITING Sandgropers from the West have been doing the rounds of the local clubs in some champion weather.

A group of New Zealanders, in Evans Head for a week, played the club in what John Forshaw billed an international Test.

The Kiwis won, but he says to do it they had to recruit a few Evans Head turncoats whom he allowed to remain nameless.

QUEENSLAND is arranging a Pink Bowls Day at all its clubs for October 25 to raise money for breast cancer research. The ‘Big K’ from Kyogle, Knipples Knudson, has beaten the gun locally – he’s been using pink bowls for some time.

COMING EVENTS – September 26-27: Coraki carnival (men’s triples and open triples).
October 3: Broadwater Sugartown Open Triples.

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