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Archive for December, 2013

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Major opportunity for Bowling Clubs around the globe

Major opportunity for Bowling Clubs around the globe

World Bowls is seeking expressions of interest to host international events

The sport’s governing body, World Bowls, has today commenced its search to locate the host club for two of the biggest events on the international bowls calendar.

World Bowls are seeking expressions of interest from clubs around the globe to host the 2015 and 2016 World Champion of Champions and the 2020 World Championships, paving the way for an Australian club to place it’s name on map internationally and become the envy of the bowls community.

Australia staged the most recent World Championships 12 months ago, where the Jackaroos contingent posted their biggest ever medal haul with five gold and two silver, with South Australia’s Lockleys Bowling Club and Holdfast Bay Bowling and Croquet Club combining to facilitate the eight green requirement.

New Zealand’s Burnside Bowling Club held the recent 2013 World Champion of Champions which culminated earlier this month, where Australian vice-captain Karen Murphy clinched her second women’s world singles title in 12 months after securing the 2012 World Championships gold medal, while the Kiwi’s Fendalton Bowling Club is poised to host the event next year.

Expressions of interest for both international events should be sent to Bowls Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Dalrymple at ndalrymple@bowlsaustralia.com.au, and should be received no later than the close of business on Friday, February 7 for the 2015 and 2016 World Champion of Champions, while the deadline for a written application of interest for the 2020 World Championships is COB Monday, March 31.

Click here to view the tender document for the 2015 and 2016 World Champion of Champions.

Click here to download the tender document for the 2020 World Championships.

The author of this article is Aidan Davis and is on the Bowls Australia website. I’ve posted this so hopefully more clubs through twitter/facebook can apply for these great events.

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Kelvin Kerkow v Jonathan Ross

Very entertaining match from 2002 with Kerkow coming out victorious in the end. This match is notable as it was at a time when coloured bowls were being introduced into the sport and manufacturers like Henselite really took hold of this new niche market. So by 2009 coloured and speckled bowls overtook the sale of black bowls in Australia for the first time.

The end scores were 8-8 11-4 Kerkow v Ross

Lack of Youtube videos that show Bowls games around the world

Exactly! I’ve poured over Youtube countless times since I first picked up a bowl at Canberra City and I haven’t been able to find enough bowls games to wet my appetite and learn enough from the best in the business. Most of the games on Youtube are from the early 2000’s with Steve Glasson, Kelvin Kerkow and the Australian team featuring prominently in most of them. Now I know that the ABC don’t cover bowls anymore, but surely we can get someone to record the next generation of bowlers strutting their stuff on the big stage. TV is a huge form of entertainment and if we can

I know for a fact that if bowls can tap into sites like Youtube that they can promote the game to a wider audience and show the game from a different medium.

IDEAS!!

I’ve been thinking of a couple of preliminary tournament ideas that could happen in the near to distant future that would help boost the ACT bowls fraternity as a whole
* 3 Bowl Pairs over 16 ends before the act pairs
* 6 games over 9 ends of 2 Bowl Pairs during the xmas/new year
* 5 games over 10 ends of 4 Bowl Singles before act singles
* 3 month annual competitions against the top 6 and bottom 6 state clubs (depending on club numbers) of Pairs and Triples
* Under 25 tournaments for each club

Increase in Green Fees from 1st Feb 2014

The green fees to play socials and club championships will go from $5 to $7 as of the 1st of Feb 2014.

Past and Present Champions of the QBC

This is a list of the leading title winners the club has produced since 1935. I’ve written a small comment about Ken Woods, but the rest have given their all to the club as well.
KEN WOODS 34
Arguably the greatest bowler to bowl in the town’s history, his record is phenomenal. He holds the record of most singles wins with 18 including seven in a row from 1971-77. He represented the state and his country numerous times, was a National Selector from 1992-1998 and is a life member of the Queanbeyan Bowling Club. And he only played until he was 52!
JOHN TSAKALOS 17
ROBERT CHESHER 17
ARTHUR WALTERS 15
BARRY SIMS 13
S.V SOUTHWELL 13
PHIL CROWE 12
GORDON KELLY 12
PHIL JEFFERIES 11
JOHN PEARSON 10
PHIL FLYNN 10
JIM WOODS 10
E.G.LEWIS 10

Lack of Representation at Club level of junior bowlers compared to the BIG FOUR (AFL,NRL,UNION,CRICKET)

This is a question that’s been bothering me for some time. It’s really been ever since I joined Queanbeyan some 18 months ago. I had just gone from playing a sport that’s taking off in this country in soccer, to a sport whose heady days of the 70’s and 80’s are long gone.

I’ve gone from playing with people my own age to scarcely seeing another teenager in sight. So it got me thinking about how bowls compare to mainstream sports like Cricket, Soccer and AFL when it comes to youth participation. Let’s use the AFL as an example. As our most widely recognised sport in Australia and with millions watching their main event each year, it seems appropriate to see how our great sport stacks up to it. The AFL in 2012 released their national participation census and found that overall participation had grown by 6.8% to 844,779. Compare this to Lawn Bowls who had 494,567 followers and a 0.9% increase. So judging that stat alone we can see our sport is stagnating. Youth participation is the area I’ve focused on in this article and this is why.

Primary and secondary school participations are where the future of each sport is. Without the young talent coming through there is no way the sport can thrive for the next generation. So it’s a real concern for me with these numbers as a bowls member. 334,713 youths play AFL. That’s 39.6% of the participation. Bowls on the other hand have just 37,987 youths. This is a meagre 7.6% participation.

That’s disturbing if you ask me and we need to encourage more youths to play the sport. Queanbeyan at the moment have only two juniors and two in their twenties. How many junior TEAMS do you see in say your local football club. Maybe from u7’s through to u16’s, so they could have between five to six teams of 25-30 players. That’s almost 150 juniors!

So why do so few juniors take up the sport of bowls? Is it the perceived unattractiveness of the game? Do young people find the rules too stringent and not flexible enough? But I do have to say even if bowls doesn’t have the quantity of players, they certainly have the quality.

Take Queanbeyan. We have in our ranks Trent Britton who is representing Australia at an Under 18 level, which is an outstanding achievement. He is also a competent golf player. As long as the sport continues to foster the young talent that community school programs and barefoot days provides, I’m quietly confident bowls can close the gap on the AFL in terms of school participation.

It may seem a stretch to far but I believe it can be done. Why bowls clubs can’t go and try and poach talented athletes who may be disenchanted with their sport and they can try something different. Bowls is great in that straight away you can play in high level state competitions and learn quickly. Most sports require you to play against people your own age. Not bowls. It allows you to test yourself mentally in ways you couldn’t imagine. In my experience so far over half of people who try bowls enjoy the game straight away. But once they leave they rarely give it another crack. How can we bring those first timers back? The answer in my opinion is for the STA’s and Bowls Australia to set up a respectable financial incentive to play the game. I know there is a feeling that there’s no money in bowls, but maybe that can be reversed. Surely mental genius in conquering bowls should be valued more then physical sports like the AFL and other footy codes. The AFL’s best player Gary Ablett gets paid 1.5 million a year. What does Mark Casey BA’s number 1 single player for 2012 earn?

How can Twilight Bowls gain traction in Australia’s sporting landscape?

This is a question that all bowling clubs should ask themselves. With the more traditional forms of the game suited to the older generation, how can bowls draw young people to the sport? The higher performing tiers of the sport have pushed youth to the forefront, so why have twilight bowls only spasmodically improved people’s attitudes of the game.

In the last Bowls Australia Census conducted in 2012 it found that there were 494,567 participants in bowls. 192,969 fell into the social and other participation category. What was alarming to me was not that stat, but the gender difference. Only 69,236 were women. That’s a huge disparity!
What that tells us is women only make up 35.8% of participation. That shows to me that there needs to be serious questions on just why that number is so low. In the big picture of things women only make up 36.6% of the total participation so this number isn’t a big oversight.
But on the positive side that means there’s heaps of improvement to encourage more women to participate. This is why twilight should be flourishing.
My own personal experiences with twilight when I first joined Queanbeyan was of a very relaxed nature. We had some of the working bowlers playing but the standard of bowls were still at a high level. Most of us enjoyed a beer or two and the catering department gave us cheap food. How can you ask for more than that?
Queanbeyan next Saturday are joining all the clubs in the ACT by holding an Open Day that promotes the sport to the community. But clubs I feel must do more to get more people through the doors. So what are the positives of twilight bowls that can be marketed to uni students and young families?
· Inexpensive
The cost of is only $5-$8 and that gives you 2 ½ hours entertainment, a free meal and exercise. What more could you ask for! This is the perfect sport for uni students and young families on small budgets in my opinion. Instead of buying memberships and joining mainstream sports they can try their hand at bowls and see the benefits.
And if you want to go further with bowls buying a set may cost you $400-600, but they last you 10 years if you look after them. What other sport does that for value?
Clubs should be out there hassling universities and support groups to advertise their brand. Get sponsorship going with a big business that has air time to show off your product is another way to attract Gen Y.
· Social Aspects
The game allows you to meet people from all walks of life and the friendly atmosphere is hard to find elsewhere. Skill level doesn’t matter as long as you are enjoying yourself.
With young families in particular social interaction is vital as it can lead to depression, anxiety and other illnesses. What’s stopping clubs engaging with the community and promoting the club in schools, churches and shopping centres? It may be a good stress release for a lot of people.
· Well-being for the body and mind
Bowls is one of the few games where physical strength isn’t a major factor. I believe 90% of bowls is played between the ears and this is a great way for young people to relieve themselves of everyday problems.
But above all the best thing about twilight bowls is that it’s played late in the afternoon. This allows a vast percentage of the population the chance to have a game.
I hope this story can encourage all bowls members around the country to give a little back to the sport by promoting it to the next wave of bowlers.

How can Queanbeyan compete with the rest of the pack in the 2013/14 season of pennants?

Well it’s another year of pennants coming up in the new year, and excitement is bubbling to the surface at the even nature of the competition. Members of clubs are raving on about how their club will go, who will be picked in the top grades and any new signings from other rivals. Queanbeyan has acquired the services of former Tuggeranong No.1 players Chris Grebert and Noel Martin who will hopefully add a new dimension to Queanbeyan’s playing stocks and add some depth to the lower grades if needed. With only 32 days left until the season kicks off let’s look back at how Queanbeyan can improve this time around.

Last season was a success in one way with six out of the seven side making the finals, however we couldn’t carry that form into the finals with only one side making the Grand Final but they did the club proud with the No.4’s taking out the division.

In grades 1 and 7 there was 8 teams competing and from grades 2 to 6 six teams took part. Right now I’m not sure if Queanbeyan will field six or seven sides, but I’m sure we can be very competitive and hopefully make at least 3 grand finals and win 2 at worst. This is an aim that I feel can be achieved if the club and the players knuckle down and believe their best is good enough. Tuggeranong have been the kings of the ACT winning six No.1 pennants in a row, and they have done it by working as a team and sticking with the same team. Last season I felt that maybe Queanbeyan didn’t do that. But I’m sure we can bounce back and get back on the top of the mountain!

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Queanbeyan Bowls unearths some home grown talent

Queanbeyan Bowls unearths some home grown talent

This is an article I wrote for the QUEANBEYAN AGE back in July this year. Jacob is one of only a handful of young bowlers trying to make their mark on the sport in the ACT/Queanbeyan region. His first season competing in the Under 18 Champs for the ACT and playing club bowls was a learning experience for him, but he will improve with time with loads of practise! 🙂