Former NRDBA official Bill Slade in action on the greens. He believes it’s time to set up a rebel bowls association.
Former NRDBA official Bill Slade in action on the greens. He believes it’s time to set up a rebel bowls association.

Top bowler calls for rebel league

IT’S TIME the Northern Rivers region went it alone and formed a rebel bowls association, former NRDBA official Bill Slade says.

He says it worked for rugby league in the Riverina in the early 1970s, so there is no reason why it wouldn’t work for bowlers in this area.

In a letter to me, the Lismore Workers Heights bowler also says:

“I thought I might have a rant because for a long time I have sat back and let you carry the can for that joke of a magazine we pay good money for and get very little bowls news.

“The last straw was receipt of this month’s issue, with the cover blatantly advertising a bloody book written by a female entertainer. ‘Gets a Few Tips on Bowls’ indeed – what nonsense can this magazine think up next?

“And to rub salt into the insult, President McKnight, large as life, lends himself to the gratuitous nature of the farce by associating himself with not only the photo shoot but the press copy on Page 4.

“Read on, and we are advised that, not content with this blatant advertorial, we are to be subjected to more next month in the so-called ‘Lifestyle Option’ section, with a feature on this entertainer.

“Mr McKnight then throws himself into the political scene with a signed letter under the RNSWBA Inc banner supporting ClubsNSW in its campaign against the anti-gaming legislation. I would have thought the Royal, being representative of bowlers, not licensed bowls clubs, would be non-political.

“I, for one, object strongly to my fees being used for such purposes, and the vast majority of members, if they stop and think, would feel just as aggrieved.

“The fall-off in letters in the magazine could reflect just how much the membership has lost complete and utter interest in it. From talking to bowlers, everyone – and I mean everyone – can’t be bothered reading what is dished up in this trashy magazine every issue.”



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