Brigginshaw's View: A trek and a half - For what?

THAT 11,154km journey to go chasing a pennant is a gobsmacker.

It's divided up among seven grades but is still a trek and a half. For what? A piece of triangular rag.

Hard-pressed clubs will wonder whether these expensive journeys are worthwhile and how long they'll be able to afford them.

It's almost laughable that Bowls NSW lists pennants as one of the benefits it gives bowlers as an excuse for its capitation fee grab.

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Bleeding clubs with long-distance journeys each year is hardly a benefit - more a financial penalty for winning a zone flag.

How much longer will clubs be prepared to drain the coffers to send bowlers on what is mission impossible when the less-travelled southern opposition often are professionals?

The amount of money it costs clubs for these annual faraway treks could be saved if pennants was a regional competition - not something that takes in the whole state.

A comp involving the three local districts could be run without breaking the bank.

Pennants still has to survive the decline in playing numbers that will come from the widespread resistance to the state leaving the clubs with a pittance after grabbing an unfair share of what bowlers pay to join their club.

This year's 11,154km trek to and from the state finals will add to the growing dissatisfaction with pennants.

Heck, from Lismore to Perth and back is only 8568 km.



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