Law Clarification – Removal of Rings

Law Clarification – Removal of Rings

At the recent World Bowls Biennial Council Meeting the proposed law change from World Bowls’ Laws Committee was passed. The full proposed laws change can be seen on seen in the memorandum linked at the bottom of this article.

In short the laws change has now seen the requirement of the large groove rings on the non-bias side removed. These changes will now allow for manufacturers to customise the size of distinguishing marks on the non-bias side of the bowl.

It is important to note that these law changes do not have an effect on how the game is played, nor does it affect the bias of the bowl.

These Law changes are immediately introduced by WB, and will come into effect as of the 1 of January 2017 in Australia.

To ensure the Australian bowls community are aware of this law change Bowls Australia (BA) will be placing this memorandum on the BA website, social media platforms as well as informing all STAs and accredited Markers, Measurers & National Umpires.

As these Law Changes do not affect how the game is played there will be no re-print of the Laws of the Sport Crystal Mark 3rd Edition, however, there will be edits made to the BA’s Bowls Rules app.

Click here to view the Law Clairification Memorandum with full details of this change

December 23, 2016 / by / in
Sporting Schools attracts an interest in bowls for North Launceston students

A visit by Regional Bowls Manager Simon Morrison to the Seabrook Christian School to discuss introducing bowls to students through the Australian Sports Commission’s Sporting Schools Program, has had a positive result with the students and the North Launceston Bowls Club.  

The school purchased a Junior Jack Attack kit after receiving a Special Interest Grant from the Australian Sports Commission and utilized the skills of a trained bowls coach to bring the fun and enjoyment of the sport to the students within the school grounds, and later, a special visit to the North Launceston Bowls Club to put their skills to the test on a bowling green. 

Seabrook Christian School is a vibrant multicultural school in North Launceston with enthusiastic students and teachers who embraced Lawn Bowls despite not having a gym or hall to run the bowls program in. 

This challenge was overcome with the sessions run in the classroom and the hallways of the school and made for some fun and challenging activities that were welcomed by all students.

Simon Morrison undertook a follow-up meeting with the teachers who expressed an interest in undertaking the program again as bowls had brought out a positive attitude and response from all the students involved.  

A second program was established between their local bowls club, North Launceston, and this came at no charge to the school who had already purchased the bowls equipment. 

Given the change of weather students were able to undertake the first three sessions outside at their school, with the final session being a bus trip to North Launceston to utilize the Junior Jack Attack equipment, real bowls and watch a competitive pennant game.  

The trip to the bowls club was a huge success with groups of students watching the club participating in a pennant game and cheering on all those involved, this was warmly received by those playing on the day.

President of the North Launceston Bowls Club Wayne Howard was on hand to assist with coaching and coordinating the students on the day, and he has been keen to attract more juniors to the club.

“The students were enthusiastic and vibrant, they were fantastic when watching the pennant match and always asking questions,” said Howard. 

“It was great to hear the students enjoyed their trip and were also asking when they can come back again.”

Head of Seabrook Christian School Alison Blackberry has been a big supporter of the bowls program and says they are really appreciative that the students have had the opportunity to participate in an activity where all can experience success, no matter what their athletic ability is.  

“Simon and the coaches who have worked with our students have done an excellent job; this has been evident by the keen anticipation of each lesson by the students,” said Ms. Blackberry.  

“Simon’s willingness to run extra sessions and arrange for us to visit the North Launceston Bowls Club provided an additional highlight and the students have thoroughly enjoyed their bowling experience.” 

If you would like help attracting juniors to your club or more information about the Sporting Schools Program, contact your nearest Regional Bowls Manager to arrange a meeting. 

December 23, 2016 / by / in
Young guns to take on the World!

A number of recent Australian Open champions will return to the Broadbeach Bowls Club for the coveted World Youth Championships, to be held at the 2018 Commonwealth Games venue from March 27 to April 2, 2017. 

Among them is defending Singles champion and 2015 Australian Open Women’s Singles champion Ellen Ryan (NSW); she will be joined as Australia’s Women’s Singles representatives by the 2015 champion from this event, Western Australia’s Kristina Krstic.

Australia’s two Men’s Singles representatives are also no strangers to the Broadbeach greens, with 2015 Australian Open singles champion Aaron Teys (NSW) and three-time Australian Open champion Nathan Pedersen (NSW/SA) aiming to repeat Aaron Wilson’s feat of claiming the coveted singles crown from last year. 

Aaron Wilson is now too old to compete at this event, however his recent World Championship Men’s Pairs gold medal shows the quality of player on show and the event’s status as a breeding ground of future stars.

Ryan and Teys will then team up to defend their Mixed Pairs title won at the same venue twelve months ago.

West Australian Krstic will also be looking for success at the famous Burnside Pairs event, to be held at World Championships venue Burnside Bowls Club from January 13 – 16, 2017. 

Krstic will team up with young Victorian star Tiffany Brodie, who caps off an amazing 2016 with selection for this event following two Australian Open titles (Women’s Fours & U18 Girls Singles) and a fourth placing as part of the Blundstone Melbourne Roys at BPL04.

Recently crowned singles World Champion of Champions Scott Thulborn (SA) will also get his chance to compete for a Burnside Pairs title, teaming up with NSW National Training Centre squad member Corey Wedlock, who is currently the 9th ranked male in Australia at the tender age of 20.

We wish all players luck in these prestigious events!

Full squad details:

Burnside Pairs (Burnside Bowls Club, Christchurch – January 13 to 16, 2017)
Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria, VIC) & Kristina Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA)
Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta, NSW) & Scott Thulborn (Adelaide, SA)

World Youth Championships (Broadbeach Bowls Club, March 27 to April 2, 2017)

Women’s Singles
Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW)
Kristina Krstic

Men’s Singles
Aaron Teys (Warilla, NSW)
Nathan Pedersen (Cabramatta, NSW)

Mixed Pairs

Ellen Ryan & Aaron Teys

December 22, 2016 / by / in
Expressions of Interest for National Selectors now open!

Bowls Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest for National Selectors for a term beginning in January 2017 and concluding at the end of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced bowls person to be involved in building on the tremendous success of the Australian Jackaroos at the recent World Championships.

Following on from medal performances in 7 of 8 disciplines in Christchurch, including 4 gold, these positions will play a critical role in determining the composition of the sport’s high-performance squad through 2017 and into the next benchmark event, the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. The positions are ideally suited to someone with extensive state and/or international playing experience and an intimate knowledge of the sport.

Successful candidates must follow relevant selection guidelines as per the National Team Selection Policy and all other relevant Bowls Australia policies throughout their tenure.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please fill out the Expression of Interest form in the link below and submit this directly to Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple by email ([email protected]). Expression of Interests must be received by Monday, January 9, 2017 – late submissions will not be accepted.

Click here to download and view the Expression of Interest form

December 22, 2016 / by / in
Teams confirmed for #BPL05 in Auckland

The fifth instalment of the Bowls Premier League is gearing up for its inaugural staging in Auckland New Zealand with eight powerhouse franchises lining up for the revolutionary fast-paced event. 

In another first for BPL, viewers will be treated to matches played on a portable rink inside the North Shore Events Centre, the home of the New Zealand Breakers basketball team, with 20 hours of live broadcast on Sky Sports NZ and Fox Sports here in Australia from February 27 to March 2.  

When trying to predict a winner it will be hard to bet against BPL04 Champions the BCiB Sydney Lions with their unchanged playing line-up for the contest across the ditch. 

Australian Jackaroos Aron Sherriff, Ben Twist and Karen Murphy can create history as the first BPL side to go back-to-back with the Sydney Lions; the foreign territory will prove challenging for many franchises however the Sydney Lions boast plenty of experience competing in New Zealand and have activated a change in their coaches box. 

Someone who knows about Australian teams succeeding in New Zealand is National Coach Steve Glasson OAM who recently guided his Australian contingent to a record breaking haul at the 2016 World Championships in Christchurch and will replace Gary Willis at the helm of his former BPL team the BCiB Sydney Lions. 

The Blackjacks have boosted their hopes with the return of New Zealand legend Jo Edwards who lifted the trophy alongside team mate Shannon McIlroy, the recently crowned World Singles Champion, in BPL03. 

2016 World Fours Champion Blake Signal steps in for Ali Forsyth whilst in the coaching arena Dave Edwards’ allegiance is now with Club Pine Rivers owned franchise the Brisbane Pirates and replacing him as both the BPL coach and New Zealand Blackjacks National Coach is former World Champion Sharon Sims.  

Another franchise to trigger a change to their line-up is the Brisbane Pirates which have failed to make a finals appearance since the inaugural BPL where they claimed the $40,000 first prize in front of a home crowd at Club Pine Rivers. 

Australia’s number one ranked female bowler Natasha Scott and former Australian representative Sean Baker survived the cull, however Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kelvin Kerkow OAM was not so lucky, paving the way for an in form Jeremy Henry to step back into the BPL arena. 

Henry represented the Perth Suns in the opening two instalments where they featured in both finals campaigns and was then poached by the Brisbane Pirates in 2013. 

After a year on the sidelines, the numerous World Title holder and flag bearer for Northern Ireland at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, will be back on your screens establishing a formidable maroon’s outfit capable of reclaiming the BPL trophy. 

Cross-town rivals the Gold Coast Hawks have re-arranged their side with Commonwealth Games gold medallist and World Champion Mark Casey joining his Australian and Club Helensvale team mates Lynsey Clarke and Brett Wilkie back into their star-studded line-up. 

Australian Jackaroo Nathan Rice will replace Anthony Kiepe as the Gold Coast Hawks Coach.

Another World Champion back for BPL05 is former MVP, the Messenger Press Adelaide Endurance star Scott Thulborn off the back of his recent victory in the World Champion of Champion Singles at Club Helensvale; however this comes at a cost to Wayne Ruediger who had been present for Adelaide’s four consecutive finals appearances.  

We’ll see another BPL debutant make his mark in New Zealand; Perth Suns newest recruit John Slavich will not go un-noticed in BPL05 and will add some spark to the team from the west. 

Two other franchises have opted for an unchanged line-up for BPL05; the Blundstone Melbourne Roys, BPL04 semi-finalist, and the Murray Steamers, the BPL04 runner-up franchise will stick with their teams for the Auckland instalment. 

BPL05 will be broadcast live on Sky Sports NZ and Fox Sports Australia at 6.00pm to 11.00pm NZDT (4.00pm to 9.00pm AEDT) from February 27 to March 2.

The broadcast matches will be filmed at North Shore Events Centre, while the day-time rubbers will be played at the nearby Sunnybrae Bowling; entry is free of charge to both venues.

BPL05 Teams-

Adelaide Endurance

Max Kleinig
Scott Thulborn
Breeanna Dickson
Coach- Les Carter

Brisbane Pirates

Sean Baker
Natasha Scott
Jeremy Henry
Coach- Dave Edwards

Gold Coast Hawks

Lynsey Clarke
Mark Casey
Brett Wilkie
Coach- Nathan Rice

Melbourne Roys

Dylan Fisher
Aaron Wilson
Tiffany Brodie
Coach- Todd Simmons

Murray Steamers

Ryan Bester
Ellen Ryan
Michael Walker
Coach- Barry Brennan

New Zealand Blackjacks

Jo Edwards
Shannon McIlroy
Blake Signal
Coach- Sharon Sims

Perth Suns

Kristina Krstic
John Slavich
Pieter Harris
Coach- Therese Hastings

Sydney Lions

Aron Sherriff
Ben Twist
Karen Murphy
Coach- Steve Glasson

Caption- BPL franchises confirm their sides for BPL05 in Auckland New Zealand.

December 21, 2016 / by / in