Zone 9 - Sydney Northern District Bowls
ZONE PRESIDENT AND ENTOURAGE VISIT LANE COVE BC
DENNIS TAYLOR, BOB ABDALLAH, STEVE GLIDDON, JOHN LLOYD (CLUB PRESIDENT), GERRY PARLEVLIET
Photograph:WIDE LENS CANON
LANE COVE BOWLING CLUB PROVE
SMALL CLUBS CAN SURVIVE
The threat of rain didn't dampen the spirit when Gerard Parlevliet (Zone 9 President) and members of the Zone 9 Committee visited the Lane Cove Bowling Club on Wednesday, 13th March.
Gerard and his colleagues, i.e. Bob Abdallah (chairman, zone match), Steve Gliddon (chairman, zone selectors), Dennis Taylor (zone selector) joined the Lane Cove members for a very enjoyable afternoon of social bowls.
Rather than play in the conventional zone side, they were mixed with the members in separate sides.
This initiative gave the Lane Cove bowlers every opportunity to ask questions (even the awkward ones) and become better acquainted with the people who steer the zone ship.
While regarded as a small and friendly club on the western border of the zone, Lane Cove is extremely vibrant.
Similar to other smaller clubs in the zone who have remained viable, they have derived great success due to their initiative, in particular the promotion of social activities.
The Club is well led by chairman, Bevan Piper and his Board, together with bowl's president, John Lloyd.
The common ingredient in these small and successful clubs is the strong spirit of volunteerism, obviously due to their many eager beavers.
In a speech to the bowlers, Gerard thanked President John for a great afternoon and reinforced the commitment of the Zone Executive and Zone Management Committee by ensuring that all clubs, both large and small are included in Zone activities.
One recent example that Gerard referred to was the overwhelmingly success of the New Bowler Event (N.B.E.) that occupied an entire day at Harbord.
Skips who play either metropolitan or the zone's top grade pennants, were each designated a rink of new or relatively new bowlers.
Several clubs and individuals have expressed their appreciation for this opportunity.
Not only was it an experience as to how the game can be played, but just as importantly, different aspects and benefits derived from the conventional reading a head.
Gerard also touched on how the lower pennant grade clubs now the opportunity to participate on an even footing in the Zone Reserve Championships.
For bowlers who are looking for a chance to play social bowls against a different group of players and the opportunity to visit a club that flies under the radar, Lane Cove Bowling Club should certainly be on your bucket list.
Statistically, Lane Cove have 64 men, 44 of whom are active and available for pennants plus six lady bowlers.