RIGHT: Marlene McDonald bowling in the recent Northern Rivers Women’s District Bowls Carnival at the East Lismore Bowling Club.
RIGHT: Marlene McDonald bowling in the recent Northern Rivers Women’s District Bowls Carnival at the East Lismore Bowling Club. Cathy Adams

Bowlers risk heavy fines for smoking while playing

BOWLERS continue to risk $300 on-the-spot fines for smoking while playing.

Clubs are risking much heavier fines for allowing it, and for allowing spectators to smoke.

The latest State Government Health release stresses that the smoking ban applies to all spectator areas at sports grounds and other areas being used for an organised sporting event.

The law applies to covered and uncovered spectator areas and whether seating is provided or not.

Practice sessions are regarded as an organised sporting event for the purpose of the Smoke-free Environment Act.

Government health inspectors have been authorised to enforce the smoking ban.

The public has been urged to report breaches online at health.nsw.gov.au/smokefree.

"There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke," the health department warns.

It points out that inhaling it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and other lung diseases; can worsen the effects of asthma and bronchitis; and because of smaller airways in children, can be even more dangerous for them.

A letter to this column from local bowler Ray Elley says: "Can't convince administrators that not only is smoking in the spectator areas forbidden, but so it is on the greens, despite no ruling from the Royal.

"Clubs that allow smoking in the spectator areas and on the greens not only put the bowlers at risk of $300 fines, but themselves at risk of $5500 fines.

"Apparently the Sydney and Newcastle areas have signs up on their greens warning smoking is prohibited. Unfortunately the Northern Rivers area doesn't seem to get it.

"Smoking days on greens are over - or standby for a fine."

Australian selection

AARON Teys, the Ballina junior who was 13 when he started winning club major singles, joins oldtimers Arthur Black and the Woodburn Wiz, Trevor Wagner, as the only Northern Rivers' bowlers to make the Australia squad.

The recent performances of Australian Open winner Teys, now 21 and a Warilla apprentice greenkeeper, were so impressive that an extra position was added to the squad to include him in last week's high performance camp in New Zealand.

There he dazzled the selectors and has been included in the Australia Jackaroos.

Announcing the elevation of Teys to the Jackaroos squad, national coach/ selector Steve Glasson said: "Aaron has demonstrated he has the ability and determination to be an official member of Australia's elite."

He is the youngest male member of the squad.

Limited places

IF YOU want to be in Evans Head's $10,000 Seaside Classic Triples on November 7-8, you'd better hurry.

Steve Cselka says there are just five places left in the field.

Margo at the club (6682 4343) will handle your nomination.

Awesome foursome

LISMORE Heights team of Allan Vane, Allan Elliott, Brad Foster and Kel Lavis are the new NRDBA fours champion of champions.

In the final on Sunday at South Lismore against Gary Burt's team - P.Gallagher, M Brown, K Malthouse - the Heights four finished in fine fashion to take the title 19-16.

It was a close one, with Burt's team hitting the lead at 15-14.

Scholarship opening

WOMEN bowlers are being encouraged by their state body to apply for the Layne Beachley Foundation Aim-for-the-Stars scholarship that provides financial support for women to achieve their goals.

There are seven categories of endeavour eligible.

They range from sport to academia. Applications will close on November 13.

Hessian hats

TOURNAMENTS are so difficult to fill that some clubs have become slack in what they allow on their greens.

Brochures and conditions of play stipulate that club uniforms must be worn but in a recent tournament one bowler wore a hat made out of hessian that could have been a potato sack.

Unless clubs tighten up their tournament requirements, one of these days someone is likely to turn up in the whole potato sack.

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