Zone 9 - Sydney Northern District Bowls
|25 Mar 2019||METRO GRADE 1 - Round 3|
|22 Mar 2019||VETS & SUPER-VETS DAY - Monday 8th April|
|19 Mar 2019||ZONE PRESIDENT AND ENTOURAGE VISIT LANE COVE BC|
|15 Mar 2019||BA ARTIFICIAL DEVICES POLICY|
|11 Feb 2019||FROM ZONE 9 COACHING COMMITTEE|
METRO GRADE 1 - Round 3
In matches featuring remarkably similar scorelines, the Belrose Bulls and the Harbord Hawks enjoyed sensational away wins in Saturday's Round 3 of the Metropolitan Grade 1 competition.
The Belrose Bulls continued their unbeaten start to the season with a fantastic 63-60 (8.5-1.5) victory over the powerful St Johns Park Devils. The win was spear-headed by Brad Franklin's rink with an impressive win (28-17) over Australian representative Ben Twist while the rinks of Crawford Linton (19-19) and Matt Blackburn (16-24) contributed to an outstanding team effort in taking the big-board.
The Harbord Hawks, coming off two losses at home and playing away to the strong Engadine Cougars, were looking for some inspiration and it came in the form of a 'never-say-die' team effort that saw the Hawks rally from being 25-45 down past the half-way stage to come home strongly to win 61-56 (8.5-1.5). Paul Leckey's rink (25-13) lead the way winning 9 of their last 10 ends while the rinks of Terry Warder (19-19) and Mark Alexander (17-24) closed out their matches with scores on their last few ends to carry the overall score.
There is a double-header this coming weekend with Belrose and Harbord both at home on Saturday with the Bulls taking on Taren Point and the Hawks up against Penrith while Sunday sees both Clubs on the road, the Bulls up against Grandviews and the Hawks playing St Johns Park.
VETS & SUPER-VETS DAY - Monday 8th April
2019 VETERANS & SUPER-VETERANS DAY
ZONE PRESIDENT AND ENTOURAGE VISIT LANE COVE BC
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.
BA ARTIFICIAL DEVICES POLICY
Bowls Australia have released an updated ARTIFICIAL DEVICES POLICY (refer link below) which becomes effective from 1st May 2019.
The most significant change to this policy concerns the use of a BOWLERS ARM whereby, from 1st May 2019, it will no longer be necessary for a bowler wishing to use such a device to obtain a medical certificate and seek approval from the relevant State Association (ie. BNSW).
The rules governing the use of a bowlers arm still apply.
FROM ZONE 9 COACHING COMMITTEE
Ahead of the upcoming 2019 Pennant Season the Zone 9 Coaching Committee lead by Chairman Peter Ward have prepared two excellent and significant articles (refer links below) intended to assist bowlers in their preparation for Pennants and longer-term, to assist in improving their game.
Please make use of these important and useful resources.