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    Getagame Gazette
    volume 2 no 1 June_July 2016

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  • Rule Change Unkind for The oldest and youngest pennant players

    The latest rule provides that when a team plays short they play 6 bowls against the opponents eight. The old law allowed the sides to play eight bowls against eight and have a deductiion of 25% from the score at the end of the game.

    There are two different reasons why such a rule might be needed >

    A. For a side at any level
  • A player arrives late for a game due to unforeseen circumstances and the game proceeds, with that player joining the game on arrival after some ends have been played
  • a player has to leave the game for illness or other personal reasons and it is completed without that player
  • B.Bottom sides
  • This is the bottom side of the club concerned and the club has no player to fill the place.
  • It does not wish to forfeit and so it sends along its side with one or more teams playing with 3 bowlers for the whole game

    In both situations the laws and etiquette of bowls requires the opposing club to try to find a suitable substitute

    In case A either of the methods is OK, but the new Bowls Australia regulation is simpler and probably better.
  • Garth Payne when he won a minor singles at Brighton in 1967, He is still playing pennants today at age 90. We hope to celebrate 50 years of pennant bowling with him next year.

  • In case B the new regulation is disastrous! It could cause super veterans like Garth Payne to retire early and potential future champions like Nathan Pederson decide that the game is not for them read on

    The Australian Open - A Fabulous Event

    The move to Gold Coast has transformed the Australian open.

    Last week I decided to look at the results through the Bowls Australia web site. The first item on the list was men’s single sectional play – there were 216 sections , 864 players, most of whom also played in the pairs and fours. To win the singles title you had to win 11 games

    The tourmament offered 18 disciplines, with over 60s, under 18 and handicaps events

    The IMG software allows bowlers all of Australia to watch the progress of the tournament

    Newly annointed Broadbeach local Chloe Stewart and her young team mates Tiffany Brodie, Amelia Bruggy and Georgia White take out the $12,000 prize!

    The Rise of the South Australian Men

  • In my 20 year playing bowls there has rarely ever been a South Australian player prominent on the national stage. Wayne Ruediger emerged at the 2012 worlds, and since then the South Australian's have made finals of the Australian Premier League without imports.

  • At the last two Australian Opens the same team of Steven Dennis, Nathan Pederson, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn has won the men’s fours, and this year Dennis and Pederson also won the pairs. What a great effort

  • Nathan Pederson at 21 is a rising star of Australian bowls. In this tournament he was listed as being from Cabramatta, but he will always be known as a SA lad.
  • While he never played for my club, BrightonSA, he had a long term association with it I remember him (at age 10) as the smallest player ever to play a pennant game at the club. He was playing for his first club, Rosewater, in a team which included his grandfather Bill.

    When he was 14 Nathan won his first prizemoney at Brighton by beating a good field of 50 in a one day open singles tournament which I organized (the photo on the right shows Nathan on that day with Lucien from Brighton).

    He served his apprenticeship at the club, preparing our greens for three years until he moved to Cabramatta in February 2016.

    Congratulations Nathan

    Tournament Software which does the draw and prints the cards
    Geoff Graham from Bateau Bay bowling club has written a great software program which is available to all bowling clubs. He shares with me a love of the game and this service, like getagamofbowls, come to you free of charge. They are spread sheet based so you can add your club and sponsor names if required click here

    IT HAS ARRIVED. A file designed to do away with paddle pop sticks, bingo numbers, bits of paper etc. used presently to select teams randomly. Once the names have been entered in the attached file it will select teams in your choice of Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours and transfer the names to score cards ready for printing. From the time you enter the last players name till you have the score cards completed is less than 10 minutes and with no handwriting

    YouTube Coaching Directory Updated
    I have recently added about 15 new video clips to the Youtube Lawns bowls coaching index on the getagame site. It now includes a set of 4 one hour videos from Tony Alcock click here

    If you have a coaching page on your club webpage it would be sensible to add a link to this index


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    April 2016
  • Tiger Tour : Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong and China Open in Shenzhen
  • On Line Bowls Magazines
  • The Role of Skipper: articles by Cameron Curtis and Tony Alcock
  • A snapshot of the sport of bowls in Australia
  • The History of Lawn Bowls and its equipment

  • February2016
  • Bushfire disaster hits two clubss
  • The Shooter Stance - great for many bowlers and a helpful for dumpers
  • An IMG report can show who has qualified for finals
  • A monthly television show on bowls

    December 2015
  • Mainstream Media Under-rates Lawn Bowls
  • The New Order in Lawn Bowls
  • Six new Games for Team Practise
  • How to Put the Stickers on Your Bowls
  • The Mathematics Of Narrow Bowls

  • October 2015
  • 2015 Rule Change Altered Two Shots
  • Gambling Spreads to Lawn Bowls
  • Injuries from Lawn Bowls
  • Profitable Singles Tournaments
  • When did bowlers start running down the green?

  • August 2015
  • A Politician's View of Lawn Bowls
  • How do you use the width of the mat to get around a bowl
  • Lawn Bowls and YouTube - 30 coaching videos indexed

  • June 2015
  • What is a Skins Tournament
  • The health benefits of Bowls
  • Did Crackerjack Change the Bias of Australians About Lawn Bowls?