Brigginshaw's View: Refreshing approach to bowls
NORTH of the border they keep coming up with bowls competitions that are making pennants look old hat. Their district sides comp, for instance. It is fought out annually by more than 700 bowlers from Bowls Queensland's 21 districts.
Up there this event, the biggest of the year, is called "the soul of Queensland bowls".
Districts select sides of 16 men, 12 women. More than 300 women from all over the state take part; there's 400 men. Both genders play for perpetual shields.
Queensland officialdom seems more alive than our controllers to the feeling that pennants has outlived its usefulness. The Bananabenders' hierarchy stimulates interest by coming up with more engaging competitions.
The state's newly-elected chairman John Dawson hadn't got his chair warm before he had published an appeal to bowlers asking them to identify the key services they want from Bowls Queensland.
"We want to get it right, respect the traditions while embracing the future, protect all that is working in bowls, and redirect things that are not working," says the new chairman, calling for everyone to have their say by contacting him.
A refreshing approach?
Not far south of the border we have hordes of bowlers up in arms over the Bowls NSW capitation fee grab. Perhaps they wouldn't mind paying if their opinions counted and they were given something they could call the soul of NSW bowls.