Big guns fire in pennants
WITH South Lismore mooted the big threat to end the five-year supremacy of Ballina's No 1 pennant side, Saturday's first round of the competition couldn't separate the two clubs.
Both scored the maximum six points.
South Lismore won 6-0 against Lennox Head; Ballina did the same sort of job on Alstonville. Evans Head wasn't to be denied. It picked up the maximum against Casino RSM.
This Saturday's No 1 round is: Casino RSM v Ballina, Alstonville v South Lismore, Lennox Head v Evans Head.
There were no six-pointers in the No 2 grade's opening round. Ballina and Lismore City both won 5-1; Ballina against Lismore Workers Heights; City against Casino RSM.
In the other No 2 match, East Lismore beat South Lismore 4-2.
Evans Head leads the No 3s and South Lismore the No 5s, both with six points.
Three clubs - Casino RSM, Nimbin, Ballina RSL - each have five points in the No 6s.
Kyogle is in front in the No 7s with a maximum from the first round.
A feature of this year's NRDBA pennants is the absence of byes. All grades have six sides except No 3, which has four. This grade will have an 18-week season compared with 10 weeks for the others.
Having six sides means No 7 has a straightforward competition, without the necessity for the two divisions of recent years.
ATTEMPTS to have club bars open during the pennant season brought some lively debate in Newcastle district in 1961. It wasn't enough, though, for members at the annual meeting to adopt the notice of motion, the same one that had been submitted most of the 10 years the bar closure had operated. They threw the proposal out.
Ten years and no beer at pennant time! It's enough to make a camel thirsty.
A COMPLAINT heard from many established bowls coaches is that the mandatory reaccreditation is too difficult.
In his unofficial newsletter, State operations manager Michael Beaumont reports that Bowls NSW has lobbied the national body to have the system changed.
He says Bowls Australia listened to the lobbying, made changes and now accreditation is "faster, easier and much cheaper".
All that is needed every four years is a letter from the club saying it wants the person as a coach, evidence that he or she is actively coaching and has watched a couple of short coaching videos.
The response of a group of coaches to Bowls NSW's lobbying success, says Beaumont, was: "You blokes will do anything to save money."
Michael, Michael, when have your Bowls NSW bosses gone out of their way to save money? Exactly the opposite. Every issue of your electronic journal has reference to the courses for coaches, selectors and just about every other bowls official - at a substantial cost to them. These are people who keep the game of bowls going. Isn't it about time Bowls NSW recognised their value and didn't place an impost on them for what they do?
SOUTH Lismore's Ben McCall and Glen Pitts won the District Pairs championship, downing clubmates Shaun Dwyer and Greg Stewart 25-18 in the final at Ballina.
McCall/Pitts had to overcome tough opposition in their semi, edging out another hot Southie pair, Terry Knudson and David Ball, 21-20. In the other semi, Dwyer/Stewart had it easier, downing G Cole/L Gilbert 22-13.