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AUS INDOOR

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Queenslandʼs qualifiers have a tough job ahead with an all-star line up bound for Tweed Heads.

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World No 1, Leif Selby, has set his sights on a second Qld Open singles crown.

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Ben Cribbin led his Jubilee team to their second consecutive Dunn Cup title last month.

Airline chaos caused by Chileʼs volcanic ash cloud see Qldʼs clash with NSW postponed.

SALISBURY SB Former Aussie rep Ian Taylor clinched his second Salisbury Super Bowls title last month...but will the competition continue?

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DIRTY JOB Former Aussie rep, national coach and selector, Cameron Curtis, talks us through the doʼs and donʼts of the selection process.

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Poker reform forcing clubs to rethink goals Clubs throughout Queensland face an uncertain future with the proposed legislation for poker machine reform. This legislation will see our clubs review their operations or in some cases actually close their doors. A number of clubs are calculating what the expected losses could be and the early indications suggest that the impact could be high. Although this is an important issue facing the club industry at this time, recent correspondence with this office indicates that the situation for some of our clubs could be desperate now. With the impacts of the global financial crisis still being felt, some clubs have had to re-evaluate their positions and have started to look at all the options and opportunities available. This is being done to either ensure the club continues to offer a service to the community or to establish links with other clubs with a view to amalgamation. The costs on bowls clubs to maintain the facilities can be excessive compared to other sports, however we do have the luxury of not having to share venues. In nearly all circumstances bowls clubs have a purpose built facility for the local community to utilise. Some clubs are struggling to maintain these facilities to an acceptable level and donʼt have the financial resources to alter the situation. The problem lies in there not being enough revenue generated to meet the needs of operating the club. In many circumstances clubs have had to access their reserves to continue operating. While this might be okay on limited occasions, it is not good practice for a sustained period. It inevitably leads to clubs closing. Last year alone saw some clubs close due to sustained losses. It is with this in mind that I suggest that clubs have a good look at their current income. If your club has been trading at a loss for a period of time and your reserves are drastically reducing, what is being done to arrest the problem? If there is no strategy in place, I would suggest you start looking at one. Read on - turn to page 7 ➤

Keith Fullerton Bowls Queensland Executive Officer EDITOR: Wayne Griffin Published by: Bowls Queensland ABN 17 231 978 960 Editorial: Forward editorial to: Queensland Bowler, PO Box 476 Alderley Qld 4051

Dear Sir At the moment only the Gold Coast has an association of greenkeepers, which has been going for a number of years. We would like greenkeepers in other districts to form an association of their own. If this can be achieved we then have a strong voice in matters that may well affect greenkeepers in coming years. If any greenkeepers require assistance in forming an association, please contact us as we have an advisory body that can and will assist. This advisory body is also available for attendance at clubs, but only with your clubʼs permission. Members of the Gold Coast Greenkeepers Association have just returned from the Australian Greenkeepers Federation week, which was held in Adelaide. This week consisted of training and seminars from companies that we deal with on a regular basis in regards to fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, etc. Members attending also played in a interstate bowls championship, which consisted of singles, pairs and fours and was contested by teams from QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and ACT. Myself and Allan Elliot from Southport Bowls Club were runners-up in the pairs for Queensland.

meeting at Mermaid Beach Bowls Club on the first Thursday of each month at 1.30pm. If any greenkeepers would like to attend either the bowls day or monthly meeting please contact me for more information. Maurice Hinton Gold Coast Greenkeepers President Musgrave Hill Bowls Club

Dear Sir, The ladies of our district would like to say how disappointed we were at the way Brisbane District was depicted in your article headed “Dark Days”. Rather than focus on the performance that saw you quote “the mighty Gold Coast girls were defeated by one of Qldʼs oldest and most understrength districts,” wouldnʼt it have been more appropriate to focus on the performance of our “under strength” team to achieve this win. Our girls achieved their best result this year finishing second in Division 1. Last year we were third. The only team we lost to were the winners Cunningham. Despite this we achieved virtually no recognition of our success. This was very disappointing to ourselves and our district.

I would strongly recommend that any greenkeeper who has not attended an Australian Greenkeepers Federation week seriously consider doing so in the future as it is very beneficial.

There were articles that magazine but district except article.

The next Federation week will be held in NSW in 2014, with the venue yet to be decided.

Maybe next year our performances might receive more favourable reporting.

The Gold Coast Greenkeepers conduct monthly bowls days at various clubs, while we have a monthly

Sue Bond

To have a letter included in the next edition of Queensland Bowler, simply email: news@bowls-queensland.org or send your comments via post to: Phone: (07) 3355 9988 Fax: (07) 3855 0010 Email: news@bowls-queensland.org Advertising Contact: Noel Turnbull Phone: (07) 3298 5738 Fax: (07) 3298 5739 Email: advert@bowls-queensland.org

a lot of photos and appeared in your not one featured our for your “Dark Days”

Ferny Grove Bowls Club Letters to the Editor Queensland Bowler PO Box 476, Alderley, Q4051

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Point to prove Kiepe chasing second Australian Indoor crown Queensland ace Anthony Kiepe admits he has a point to prove going into next monthʼs Australian Indoor Championships. The 33-year-old, who was dropped from the national squad earlier this year, will be out to impress selectors as he chases his second Indoor crown. “I always look forward to playing at Tweed Heads,” Kiepe said recently. “Itʼs a good place to play and the members always look after me.

a handful of big names scattered throughout the star-studded field. Defending champ Brett Wilkie and 2011 Australian Open winner Leif Selby are the top seeds, while Wayne Turley and Jeremy Henry are also in with a shot. During an arduous qualifying campaign, Kiepe withstood an assault from Queensland teammate Sean Baker in a tiebreak, before defeating Helensvale clubmate Anthony Fantini in similar circumstances to advance to the main draw. Other Queensland qualifiers include Cairnsʼ Kurt Brown, Moorookaʼs Peter Ward, Tarragindiʼs Ross Linneman and Bribieʼs Richard Strawbridge.

“I guess Iʼve got a little bit to prove after being dropped from the Australian squad.” Kiepe, who won the title in 2009 and made the semis at last yearʼs event, will be one of the firm favourites when action gets underway at Tweed Heads on August 22. However, he is just one of

Queenslandʼs women have a huge job ahead if they are to reclaim the Australian Indoor title for the Sunshine State. Despite being an annual fixture at one of Queenslandʼs powerhouse clubs, Tweed Heads, local bowlers have taken the womenʼs title on just two occasions. Tweed stalwart Di Cunnington lifted the inaugural indoor crown back in 2003. Just two years later another Queenslander, Maria Rigby, was crowned Australiaʼs indoor champ. However, the host state has been in the grip of an indoor drought since Victoriaʼs Judy Nardella snatched the title away in 2006. Gail Waitai, Tracy Foster, Lorraine Zimmerman, Kiani Andersen and Cassandra Millerick will carry the torch for Queensland when the competition kicks off at Tweed Heads next month. But with some of the biggest names in womenʼs bowls gunning for indoor glory, our girls are far from favourites heading into the event. Among the top seeds at this yearʼs championships are Aussie heavyweights Claire Duke and Karen Murphy. Both have indoor titles to their names, with Murphy boasting a record three consecutive wins from 2007 to 2009. Defending champion Katrina Wright is also back for another bite at the apple, while reigning Australian Open singles

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Anthony Kiepe

Queensland teens off to Aus Indoor Queensland teenagers Cassandra Millerick and Kiani Andersen will take on some of the countryʼs top bowlers when they line up for the 2011 Australian Indoor Championships at Tweed Heads next month. Pialbaʼs Andersen battled through four tough qualifying rounds at Urangan Bowls Club recently to secure a berth at this yearʼs championships. Among her victims was former Queensland junior rep, Kirsty DeWarrd, who went down in straight sets, 11-6, 7-6.

Thirty bowlers from across Australia have qualified for the three-day event, with direct entrants Wilkie and Selby taking the field to 32.

Mammoth Task Big job ahead for Qld contenders champ, Victoriaʼs Lisa Phillips, has earned direct entry into this yearʼs event. Also in the running is Australia A squad member Kate Carriage, former Scottish international Joyce Lindores, Tasmanian star Rebecca Quail and West Australiaʼs Theresa Hastings. However, despite the strength of her opposition, Queensland hopeful Zimmerman is confident she can go the distance. “It will be an absolute pleasure to play against bowlers of that calibre and I also love playing at Tweed, itʼs a great place,” the West Toowoomba bowler said. “If youʼre asking if I think I can win, then Iʼd have to say yes. “If I bring my A game and maintain my concentration I would say I am definitely in with a shot.” Gail Waitai

Kiani Andersen

The 18-year-old single working mum was delighted to qualify for the grand prix event. “So many players tried to qualify, to be one of the final 32 feels fantastic,” said Andersen, whose 15 year-old twin brothers won Queenslandʼs junior pairs title earlier this year. “I am so happy to have made it.” “Itʼs going to be a great experience playing against players of that calibre – I am so looking forward to it.” While this will be the teenagerʼs first Grand Prix appearance, she already has her sights set on bigger and better things. “I really love the sport and lately I have been thinking about how far I would like to go in it,” she said. “My dream is to play for Australia...to get the chance to wear the green and gold would just be mind blowing.” Millerick, meanwhile, took out the second qualifier spot at Urangan after some hard-fought tiebreak wins over Maryboroughʼs Nicole Williams and Cairnsʼ Emma Spicer. The 17-year-old Burnett star has been having a top run in 2011 and was recently named Best Performed Player at Queenslandʼs junior state champs.


Ash cloud chaos The volcanic ash cloud that wreaked so much havoc on Australiaʼs airline industry in recent weeks cast an unwelcome shadow over Queenslandʼs annual interstate clash with New South Wales. The Blues pulled the pin at the last minute when it became clear that the suspension of flights from Sydney would not be lifted in time for them to reach the event at South Tweed Bowls Club. Queenslandʼs men had been eagerly awaiting the encounter, where they planned to avenge their defeat at this yearʼs Australian Sides. The women too were looking forward to the clash, hoping to keep their recent unblemished record intact. “We are definitely looking to reschedule the series,” Bowls Queensland executive officer, Keith Fullerton, said. “We will coordinate with New South Wales and South Tweed Bowls Club to select an appropriate date. “We understand that many players took time off work to represent their state at this event and may be unable to get leave for the rescheduled series. “For this reason we will do our best to ensure the rescheduled series is held over a weekend.”

From the EO ➤ Continued from page 5 Society is changing at a rate of knots and if you are not meeting the needs of your community then you are getting left behind. Further to this, your competition doesnʼt just come from other bowls clubs. The competition is now coming from pubs and other sporting and social venues, which in many cases are out performing the bowls club. In addition to this, it doesnʼt help that in some areas there is a saturation of bowls clubs all vying for the same business. Where this is the case it could be perceived that clubs will inevitably close. If you believe that you might be in a situation where this is the case I would suggest investigating amalgamation. It is far more beneficial to the sport and your club to merge as apposed to close.

Amalgamation will ensure the history of the club continues and is not lost forever. There are clubs already pursuing this option and I commend them on their foresight and business approach to the operation of their clubs. To those clubs who have implemented or are implementing strategies to meet the needs of society, I congratulate you on taking the necessary steps in planning for your future. To those clubs not doing either, I suggest that you look at where you are heading and if you need support please feel free to contact this office and your district. Bowls has seen nine clubs close over the past two years and this canʼt continue. If you are in a difficult situation investigate amalgamation before opting to close the clubs doors.

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Taylor takes out 2nd Salisbury SB crown Former Aussie international Ian Taylor snared his second Salisbury Super Bowl crown this month. The 53-year-old, who first lifted the title back in 1998, defeated local hopeful Gary Groeger in the final, 25-15.

“We were close for most of the match, then I pulled away a bit in the last few ends,” Taylor said after the final.

“Somehow I managed to sneak a two and a three in the last two ends to beat him by one, so I suppose it was probably a bit of a lucky win.”

From there the Kingscliff ace never looked back, stringing together the next three ends, 2-2-2, to secure the $5000 winnerʼs cheque. Taylor, who is instantly recognisable by his unusual wind-up and release delivery technique, was lucky to make the final after running into the

IN THE BALANCE It is one of Queensland’s last remaining big-money open singles tournaments...but after 21 years of resounding success the future of Salisbury’s Super Bowl is uncertain

With $20,000 in prize money up for grabs, hundreds of bowlers descend on the south Brisbane club each year to take part. Sadly the Salisbury event is one of the few remaining big-money open singles tournaments in Queensland. But if some members at the Cunningham club get their way, it seems that even this prestigious event may go. Ernie Downey has been the brains behind Salisburyʼs Super Bowl for the last 20 years. Downey, who was club president when the inaugural

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Super Bowl was staged in 1990, has been organising the event ever since. According to Ernie the Super Bowls attracts a staggering 180 to 200 entries each and every year. “The secret I think is that we look after the bowlers,” he said. “We let them decide when they want to play and even go so far as to allow entries 24 hours before the start of play. “Some people canʼt play midweek because of work commitments so we try to work around that and let them play at the weekend.” Read on - turn to page 10 ➤

“It was a windy day, with a bit of rain and just difficult conditions. “I think at one stage I was leading 18-7 or something like that and then the next thing I knew I was down 24-20.

The duo were locked at 15apiece when a count of four pushed Taylor out in front.

For two decades the Salisbury Super Bowl has been one of Australiaʼs most popular singles tournaments.

“That was a bit of a crazy game,” he said of his showdown with Kerkow.

The score belied what was a tough game, with Taylor only edging past his Tarragindi rival in the dying ends.

“Fortunately for me Gary seemed to fall off a bit and that gave me the winning break I guess.”

Gary Groeger looks on as Ian Taylor sends one down

tournamentʼs top seed, Kelvin Kerkow, in the quarters.

Ernie Downey

Taylor was full of praise for the Salisbury tournament, which celebrated it 21st birthday in 2011. “This is probably one of my favourite tournaments to play in, because itʼs played a little bit like the golf system, where you pick up a little bit of money in each round,” he said. “The club really looks after you as well, so itʼs definitely one of the better singles tournaments around. “Iʼm just delighted to have won it for a second time.”


Selby set to sizzle

Leif Selby is chasing his second Qld Open singles title

World No. 1 ready to light up the greens at Ipswich World number one Leif Selby has set his sights on the up-coming Queensland Open after declaring that he owes it to himself to contest the $30,000 grand prix. Staged at the Ipswich United Services Bowls Club from July 30 to August 4, the tournament features singles, pairs and triples for both men and women and doubles as a qualifier for the 2012 Australian Open. In the singles fields, 64 competitors will gun for glory in the menʼs draw and 32 in the womenʼs, while 32 teams will contest the menʼs pairs and triples with 16 womenʼs teams doing likewise. Fresh off capturing his second Australian Open singles crown in February, Selby, the gameʼs pre-eminent player, said he felt obligated to line-up at Ipswich after prevailing in Melbourne. “I think if you win the first grand prix of the year you owe it to yourself to at least try and win the next,” Selby said in the lead up to the Queensland Open. “But thereʼs a lot of hard work to be done. Hopefully I can get on a run, and who knows what can happen, but Iʼm going to try.”

After clinching his maiden Australian Open title in 2008, Selby went on an incredible run, capturing the singles and triples at the Queensland Open before prevailing at the Australian Indoor Championships just weeks later. Some four years on, the 38year-old is hoping lightning can strike twice and just to make sure, Selby is reuniting with his playing partners, Anthony Kiepe and Nathan Rice, in the menʼs triples for the first time since triumphing at Cleveland. In the womenʼs field, defending champion Lisa Phillips returns in blistering form after adding the Australian Open title to her resume earlier this year and will clash with the likes of world number six Karen Murphy, reigning NSW Open champion Katrina Wright and 2009 winner Bec Quail. Play at the Ipswich United Services Bowls Club commences at approximately 9am each day and admission is free.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT Many districts, clubs and individuals gave generously to Bowls Queenslandʼs 2011 Disaster Relief Fund. On behalf of Queensland clubs affected by natural disasters in 2011 we wish to thank the following for their kind contributions. Cementco BC

Mona Vales LBC

Launceston BC

Salisbury BC

Mooloolah Valley BC

Springwood BC

Clifford Gardens North Mackay BC

Wyong Rugby League Gold Coast Tweed DLBA

Nerang Community BC Maroochy Swan BC Nambour Heights LBC Croydon BC Sunshine Coast DMBA

Mackay Suburban BC Mackay LBC

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Brisbane North DBA

Burleigh Heads BC

Wynnum Leagues BC

Toukley Memorial LBC

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Please note some contributions were made anonymously or without a traceable reference. We also would like to think these anonymous donors for their generous assistance to Queensland clubs in need.

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BEN’S BOYS GET JOB DUNN...AGAIN Cribbin guides Jubilee outfit to North Queensland’s top title for second consecutive year

Jubilee ace Ben Cribbin skipped his side to North Queenslandʼs most coveted title for the second consecutive year…and this time the 22-year-old took his baby brother along for the ride.

The addition of Cribbinʼs 13-year-old brother Justin (a.k.a. Killer) to the Jubilee outfit meant the side broke the record they themselves had set in 2010 as the youngest ever team to win the Parry Nissan Dunn Cup. The foursome of Killer, Terry Hocking (26), Isaac Gardner (29) and Cribbin, cruised through the competition, taking down some of North Queenslandʼs most experienced sides along the way. With Killer leading from the front the foursome were clinical in the final, where they outlasted the impressive Charter Towersʼ side of Russ Harber, Clint McPherson, Ian Fisher and Pop Gardiner, to retain the title.

Justin, meanwhile, attributes his ability on the green to the guidance of his brother, who is a former Queensland under-25 rep. "Ben's been teaching me for about four or five years now, along with Isaac (Gardner) and we used to go down and roll up every Wednesday and Friday and that's basically how I got good," Killer said.

"Everyone can be beaten and I always play my best and try my hardest and sometimes I come out on top.” Inset: Alan Parry (Parry Nissan Motors), Russ Harber, Clint McPherson, Ian Fisher, Pop Gardiner and Merv Cameron (NQ President).

With one major title under his belt the teenager now has his sights set on bigger and better things. "Hopefully I can play for Queensland in a couple of years and maybe in a few more years Australia," the ambitious youngster said.

The sides were locked at 17-apiece with just two ends to go, but the defending champs held their nerve, taking out the remaining ends to clinch the match, 21-17. Cribbin was full of praise for his baby brother, who he said had his full confidence despite some raised eyebrows around the clubhouse. "There was a fair bit of talk around the club about whether my little brother could handle the four days...itʼs pretty intensive with sometimes three games in a day starting at half past eight in the morning and finishing at eight at night," Cribbin said. "But we as a team said we aren't looking at age we are looking at who plays the best and he played three days through NQ Pennants in the same sort of thing so he went out and he performed well." ➤ Continued from page 8 “Weʼve even had some people turn up in the morning and ask if they can get a game and we always do our best to accommodate them. “We also pay out prize money after every round, which most tournaments donʼt do, so that also attracts a lot of people.” Naturally this generous prize pool is one of the Super Bowlʼs major drawcards, however, it may ultimately prove the eventʼs undoing. “Weʼre not making any money from the entry fees,” Downey admits. “There were a few years where we

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Isaac Gardiner, Ben Cribbin, Terry Hocking and Justin Cribbin

turned a profit due to having some major sponsors on board, but over the last few years, major sponsors have been hard to find because of the financial problems around the world.” And that is leading some members to question the viability of the event. “There is talk that some club members want to let it go because they reckon weʼre losing money on it,” Downey said. “Weʼre going to have a good investigation into the money side of things, because the thing is, while we might lose on the competition itself, we still benefit through new members who are attracted to the club through this event.

“Also you have to take into account the extra trade from the bar, the poker machines and the kitchen. “That does finish up a winner for the club overall.” Despite the challenges ahead, Ernie is confident the competition will survive, for the time being at least. “Once all the details are taken into consideration, not just the competition costs, Iʼm confident weʼll decide to keep the tournament. “I know a lot of members and bowlers from other clubs would be very sad to see it go.”


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Tour group enjoys country clubs’ goodwill The 2011 Bowls Queensland Goodwill Tour headed north last month with myself and director of finance, Isobel Rhind, as tour leaders. Almost 50 bowlers took part in this yearʼs trip, which flew north to Cairns, before making the long, but enjoyable, coach trip south to Townsville. During our stay in Cairns we visited six bowling clubs including West Cairns, Edge Hill, Gordonvale, Atherton, Cairns and Marlin Coast. The tour group had a fantastic time meeting and having a roll up with the local members. The hospitality and friendship shown by these clubs and their members was very much appreciated by all the touring party. Doug Murray, Bowls Queenslandʼs Deputy Chair and secretary of the Far North Queensland District, assisted us in our arrangements while in the far north. Leaving Cairns we travelled by coach to Townsville, stopping along the way for lunch at South Johnstone Bowls Club, where we were once again treated to a very warm welcome by club members. We then continued our journey to Townsville where we stayed for five days, visiting another six bowling clubs. Clubs visited on this part of the tour included Cutheringa, Thuringowa, Charters Towers, South Townsville, Jubilee and Magnetic Island.

Many more enjoyable games of bowls were had, while we also wined and dined with the club members.

They not only assist with work on the greens and club grounds, but they also help out behind the bar and do all the catering.

The final day at Magnetic Island included a ferry trip to the island, a full island tour and lunch at the resort.

Many clubs are struggling to survive and it is only the hard work and dedication of their volunteers that enables them to keep operating.

After lunch we continued to the bowls club where we enjoyed a game of bowls and afternoon tea. That night the tour headed back to Cutheringa Bowling Club for our farewell dinner before flying back to Brisbane on the following day.

If any bowlers out there have the time to help at their club I would strongly encourage them to do so. Their help would be greatly appreciated and would assist in keeping their club viable. Interstate test series

“Many clubs are struggling to survive and it is only the hard work and dedication of their volunteers that enables them to keep operating” As always the tour was a huge success and greatly enjoyed by everyone who took part. In the months ahead we will start looking into locations for the 2012 tour. Once organised, application forms will appear in the Queensland Bowler Magazine. Volunteers Travelling to our country clubs really gives you a chance to see and appreciate the massive contribution volunteers make to our sport, particularly in the smaller clubs.

Our bowlers were very disappointed when the interstate test series at South Tweed Bowls Club between Queensland and New South Wales had to be postponed due to the cancellation of aircraft flights out of Sydney. Our men's team were hoping to avenge their defeat at Nelson's Bay during the Australian Sides Championship, while the women's team were looking forward to continuing their recent success. Hopefully we can arrange for this test series to be played at a later date.

Goldy Winter Carnival still going strong The Gold Coast Winter Carnival celebrates its 62nd birthday this month. But despite being the worldʼs longest running bowls carnival, this international phenomenon is still going strong. With approximately 2,500 bowlers from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Canada expected to descend on Queenslandʼs glitter strip in coming weeks, district president and carnival chief, George Thompson, believes this yearʼs event will be bigger and better than ever. And itʼs not only the clubs that will benefit from this wave of bowlers, with the trickle down effect to be felt throughout the Coast. “This is the longest running carnival in the world, it is a major attraction for visitors to the Gold Coast Tweed during our beautiful winter sunshine months,” Thompson said. “It is estimated that they will spend many millions of dollars during their extended stay on the coast on accommodation, restaurants, theme parks, entertainment, sight seeing and other assorted expenditure.

As this magazine goes to print our juniors will be taking on NSW at their annual interstate clash at Cronulla Bowls Club in Sydney.

“Along with the Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Tourism, Warner Village Theme Parks and a number of other valued sponsors we are hopeful that the 62nd Winter Carnival will be amongst the best for some time.”

The board wishes them all the very best for their campaign.

For more info www.gctbowls.org.au.

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SELECTION

B Y C AMERON C URTIS

SO YOU WANT TO RUN FOR SELECTOR? Cam Curtis Former Aussie rep, national coach and selector

Sweet dreams, dramas or a bloody nightmare?

PART one

1. Schedule a time for players to meet with selectors face to face to air any grievances or concerns.

It is a fact that team selection, especially of club pennant sides, is the most stressful time of year.

Throughout my representative career Iʼve experienced the best and the worst of the selecting world.

Provide the opportunity for feedback, Ideally giving the non-selected player the opportunity to discuss the reasons why they werenʼt selected or dropped.

Tension is rife and emotions run high as members congregate around the notice board waiting for the teams to be posted.

There are many small-minded people in the position of selector who can be very petty and personal, whether they realise it or not.

Make sure you talk specifically rather than generally about what they need to improve to qualify for selection (e.g. skills, attitude, behaviour).

These people lack professionalism, moral courage and integrity.

Provide opportunities that enable them to have their performance reconsidered (e.g. the ability to move between B and A grade).

Only those who have been lucky enough (or unlucky enough) to be a selector truly know the thankless nature of the task. As in society, there are few pats on the back when things go well, but youʼll cop it from all directions when people are aggrieved with their selection. As a selector, particularly of club level bowls, you soon learn who your true friends are. If you are a competitive bowler harbouring aspirations of working your way up the representative ladder it can be a treacherous road to the very top. Letʼs look at how many selectors are involved in deciding a players future if they are to play for Australia, the traditional pathway to the representative squad. 1. You need to play top division pennant for your club––at least three selectors probably involved here. 2. You have to be selected for your Group, District or Zone––another three to five selectors again. 3. If youʼre good enough you will come under the eyes of the State Selectors–– probably another three-six selectors here. 4. Finally, if you perform well at State or Grand Prix level you come under the eye of the Australian selectors––which is three with the national coach being the chairman, plus two others. So, thatʼs potentially 20 people that have the power to veto your future success.

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They are the kinds of people that can rarely see beyond their emotions. They hold no moral objection to hindering a competitorʼs immediate future to satisfy their dislike for them. Selection becomes more about ʻwho you knowʼ rather than about a playerʼs skill or talent.

2. Avoid any emotional public confrontation by empathising with the athlete. For a selector this might mean saying, “I canʼt discuss this with you now, but letʼs sit down tomorrow afternoon and discuss it then with the whole panel”.

Thankfully, Iʼve always had top mentors who had been there and done that in terms of selection; they kept me positive. This was particularly important in the early years when I couldnʼt get selected in district sides.

This also gives the player time to calm down if they are vividly upset or angry.

Juniors were ʻshunnedʼ in those days and as I was under 18 years old I was considered too young to be competitive.

3. Be constructive and focus on positives, not negatives.

However, my mentors taught me to let my bowls do the talking rather than outwardly showing my disappointment. They advised against being openly critical of the selectors in the clubhouse which I learnt only aggravates the hierarchy, making it even harder to get selected in the future. I recall the story of the legendary Queensland skip Keith Poole, a former back-to-back Jack High singles winner and gold medallist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. Read on - turn to page 18 ➤

Make sure you follow up with the discussion (i.e. donʼt just fob them off to get out of an awkward situation!).

Point out the athleteʼs strengths and identify the skills/qualities selectors regard favourably. Look to the future and explain how they can improve their chances of selection next time. 4. Specify the criteria for team selection and put it in writing so it is available for all to see. Often in club level sport this includes subjective criteria (e.g. behaviour and attitude). Make sure that dates and venues for trials are published early.


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SELECTION

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➤ Continued from page 14 He phoned a distraught young Ian Schuback in the late 80ʼs after reading in the morning paper that his dynamite young lead had been dropped from the Queensland state side.

A certain Australian selector, whom we believe to be responsible, was also a NSW selector.

“They can all go and get stuffed,” Shooey snorted, “Tell ʻem to stick the state side up their jumper!”

Even though Bowls Australia was forced by the World Bowling Board to reinstate Anderson and I back into the Australian team for illegally changing the original selected side, the controversial events left an indelible and distasteful mark.

The experienced Poole calmly replied, “Now I knew youʼd start carrying on like that. Thatʼs why I thought Iʼd better jump on the phone to you right away, before you did anything silly like call the state chairman of selectors with some friendly advice.” “You know young fella,” Poole continued, “Youʼve never made it as a bowler until youʼve been dropped and later made it back in. “Not one top player goes through their career without being dropped when theyʼre playing well, and recalled when they least expect it.” Personally, I experienced the exact same thing, having been dropped from the New South Wales state side towards the end of 1997.

Any controversial selection at national level was quickly replicated at state level.

Thankfully, a little bit of inside information from those closely surrounding the controversy made sure I was prepared for the potential blow but the one thing I could never forgive was the dishonesty among the then selectors, president, and coach, each of them individually pointing the finger at each other when I asked them to explain why I had been dropped from the side. Not one of them could give me a straightforward honest answer or even have the intestinal fortitude to apologise for their gross miscarriage of justice.

5. Confidentiality — this should go without saying, but it is vitally important that selectors are diligent in keeping selection matters and discussions held within meetings (especially relating to discretionary decisions) confidential and confined to the selection meeting itself. 6. Invite comment from the begrudged. Itʼs a cleansing opportunity for the player to ʻbare their soulʼ and get everything off their chest so they can get some closure on that particular situation and everyone can move forward. The term that we used with the Aussie team whenever a tough conversation was had was, “are we complete?” Never wrap up the conversation until all parties are ʻcompleteʼ.

Itʼs taken me a long time to accept the situation and move on.

Stay as long as you need to or agree on a time to reconvene.

I had been playing third for Kevin Walsh for a couple of years, we had been the best performing rink over that time and NSW had just whitewashed Queensland three tests to nil with our rink going through undefeated.

What made it particularly difficult was not having any understanding of the reasoning behind the decision.

7. Your job is not to argue or find flaws in their arguments, just say, “GOT IT!”

A little bit of feedback from the selection panel would have given me the tools to deal with my change in circumstances.

At this stage, the conversation is about the player, not you the selector.

I was recalled 12 months later out of the blue, thanks to a major change in the selection panel that helped my career significantly.

In hindsight though, I believe my negative experiences have led to some real positives and a tremendous amount of empathy for a playerʼs point of view.

opposed to being out there yourself in the heat of battle.

After going through a horrible battle earlier in 1996, I was already wise to my oncoming demise from state representative bowls.

I have taken this empathy into my previous role as chairman of national selectors and my current roles selector for Zone 13 (Sydney South) and my club the Roselands ʻDevilsʼ.

Check out the August issue of Queensland Bowler for part two, where Iʼll have some helpful advice on how to be a top selector.

For reasons unbeknown to me, and still to this day never discussed, I had lost the support of a major player in the selection room. Steve Anderson and I were sensationally dropped from the Australian side six weeks before the start of World Bowls in Adelaide.

It has been enormously beneficial for me to have played at the highest level and to know first-hand the pressure that players are under. I stay acutely aware of what the players want and expect of me and realise that itʼs much easier to ʻplay from the bankʼ as

Itʼs not a point scoring process. Just listen and learn.

In other words, I am never overly critical.

Are you interested in taking your bowls to a higher level and being the best you can be? Ian Schuback and I will be running a series of ʻMaster-classʼ coaching days on the Gold Coast in late August and early September. For more info please contact me on 0412 089 833 or camcurtis@optusnet.com.au.

Big names bare all for a good cause A New South Wales club has devised a risqué plan to raise funds for a much-needed upgrade...a nude calendar featuring some of Australiaʼs best-known bowlers. World number one Leif Selby and world number six Karen Murphy are among those signed up for the 2012 nude bowls calendar.

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Described as ʻtasteful but humorousʼ, the calendar is being compiled to raise funds for a new clubhouse at Shellharbour Bowling Club. Organiser Tony Pieta said that shooting in the middle of winter had made for some interesting times. Such was the case when former Australian and world

number one Steve Glasson, had his star turn recently. The shoot was ʻvery entertainingʼ, according to Mr Pieta, an expert on the subject following his own shoot with wife Marion just days earlier. "When you do nude bowls calendars people think it's a good idea and then all of a sudden they become shy."

Mr Pieta said the calendar represented the first major fundraising project for the clubhouse, which is estimated to cost between $3m and $6m. The final shoot for the calendar involves a 7am gathering of 40 to 50 people at Shellharbour. "It will be people of all ages and all shapes and sizes of bums on the green," Mr Pieta said.


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EMPLOYEES VENTING ON FACEBOOK... WHAT CAN YOU DO? There is no doubt that the use of social networking sites is proliferating at an exponential rate. Depending on what generation you are from, or perhaps your technological prowess, social networking sites may be a feature of your every day life, or otherwise may be a completely foreign concept to you. In terms of your industry, there is no doubt that the use of social networking sites can be a positive profiling and marketing tool for your clubs. However, it is important to be aware of the potential negative impact social networking sites can have on your clubʼs profile and reputation. For example, if a customer has a bad experience at one of your clubs and posts a comment expressing their dismay at your club on a social networking site, this message may be instantly exposed to hundreds or even thousands of people.

into a posting on a website that, in some cases, may be seen by an unlimited number of people. Posting comments about an employer on a website (Facebook) that can be seen by an uncontrollable number of people is no longer a private matter but a public comment.” This is the case whether the comment is posted during work or outside of work: “A Facebook posting, while initially undertaken outside working hours, does not stop once work recommences. It remains on Facebook until removed, for anyone with permission to access the site to see… It would be foolish of employees to think they may say as they wish on their Facebook page with total immunity from any consequences.” It is important to ensure that employers have a policy about the use of social networking sites that

“It would be foolish of employees to think they may say as they wish on their Facebook page with total immunity from any consequences.” Likewise, it is important to be aware of the potential negative impact social networking sites can have on your clubʼs profile and reputation if an employee posts comments of concern on a social networking site such as Facebook. The majority of you are employers and so it is important for you to understand what can you do in this event. Invariably, the answer depends on what the employee has said in their post. However, in a recent Fair Work Australia decision, Commissioner Bissett has clarified how these comments may be viewed: “Postings on Facebook and the general use of social networking sites by individuals to display their displeasure with their employer or a coworker are becoming more common. What might previously have been a grumble about their employer over a coffee or drinks with friends has turned

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Classmates eye off Queensland school title by Ann Putland

North Mackay school mates Dustin Reuss and Jason Little (pictured above) have set their sights on the 2011 All Schools Cup title, after the duo took out their district final at Souths Suburban recently. Reuss, who skipped the Calen State College side at last yearʼs play-offs, teamed up with Little, an experienced junior player, for this yearʼs campaign. The duo performed consistently throughout the tournament, however their win was far from clear-cut, with Mackay State Highʼs Jack McFarlane and Jordon Whitestyles nipping at their heels. The sides were neck-and-neck at the eventʼs conclusion, with the North Mackay duo edging it on sets won, 9-8.

discusses the employerʼs expectations and standards of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable content for posting on social networking sites. The policy should also clearly state the employer may monitor employeesʼ use of social networking sites. Employers who do not educate their employees about the expected standards, or advise them that they may monitor social networking sites, may find it difficult to take disciplinary action if they become aware of comments on such sites that concern them.

Moranbahʼs team of Tristan Aidulis and Callum OʼNeil, who travelled two hours to participate in the event, proved the thorn in Mackay State Highʼs side. Aidulis and OʼNeil held Mackay SHS to a draw in round four, denying them that crucial set win which inevitably cost them a berth at this yearʼs state finals. This yearʼs event sees teams competing in three-bowls pairs, a change from last yearʼs triples format. The change has led to an increase in teams and in turn an enhanced quality of bowls. The St Patricks College team of Crispin Scott and Bradley Dunn forced their opponents into three tiebreak games from five rounds.

We can assist with the preparation of such a policy, as well as advise you on how to handle an employee that has posted inappropriate comments on any social networking sites.

Meanwhile, Tyler Brun paired up with Tom McFarlane for Mackay Stateʼs B team.

If you wish to discuss any of the issues raised in this article or any other hospitality matter, please do not hesitate to contact Curt Schatz on (07) 3224 0230.

Thanks to Bowls Queenslandʼs annual All Schools Cup Challenge three Mackay schools, Mackay State High, St Patrickʼs College and Mercy College, have now incorporated bowls into their curriculum.

Brun, the only female playing in this yearʼs event, held her own with the boys, while McFarlaneʼs game improved with each round.


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The revolution is coming don’t let your club get left behind... Since time immemorial Queenslandʼs bowlers have battled the elements. Whether itʼs cyclonic winds, raging floods or hail the size of golf balls, Queenslanders have borne their lot without complaint. However, one element more than any other has caused our bowlers no end of pain…the sun. While they can don long sleeves and hats to protect their skin, they have failed to overcome the age-old problem of the warm beer. However, all that is about to change with the launch of the revolutionary Cooljack system. Cooljack is a new and innovative food and beverage unit designed for bowling greens, which keeps food and drinks cool all year round. Summer temperatures combined with the current drinks units on the market have made it impossible for bowlers to enjoy a cold drink. Beers warm up in minutes and what should

be an enjoyable game of bowls turns into a very uncomfortable outing. The Cooljack unit is changing all that. Cooljack is an attractive unit that enhances the look of bowling greens and improves club facilities. They are designed and built to the highest standards, using quality materials and refrigeration concepts that work without the use of power. The units use a simple tray of ice, making them cheap to run and easy to install. And if thatʼs not enough, there is also the added benefit to bowling clubs of revenue generated through selling advertising space on your new Cooljack unit. Current drinks units provide a single space for adverts, but Cooljack units provide four surfaces, and more adverts means more revenue. “Clubs such as South West Rocks, Taren Point, Gymea, Tempe, Cessnock and many others are already reaping the benefits of these exciting new drinks units,” Cooljack developer Cameron Timewell said.

“Patrons are extremely happy and the clubs are seeing a return that has more than paid for the units while continuing to generate revenue.” “The profile and popularity of bowls is on the rise, with barefoot bowls introducing the game to another generation and promoting the social aspect of the game,” said Howard Henderson, Cameronʼs business partner. “The concept of enjoying a bowl with friends and being able to have access to a cold beer, soft drink or wine along with a cheese plate or sandwiches is really taking hold and the Cooljack unit is making this possible. “Clubs who have already joined the revolution are seeing results. “Cooljack is a great concept, which is set to raise the standard of bowls by providing quality amenities while generating revenue for clubs and bowlers.” Join the revolution! Visit www.cooljack.com.au or call Cameron on 0414 460 380 or Howard on 0409 040 670.

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Starts Monday September 19 2011 at 9am

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Open winner $650 plus statuette Runner-up $350 plus statuette

Open winner $400 per team Runner-up $200 per team

U15 winner $350 plus statuette Runner-up $200 plus statuette

U15 winner $250 per team Runner-up $150 per team

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Nominations for one age group only. Open and under 15 run concurrently.

Nomination Form — Pine Rivers 2011 Junior Open & Under 15 Classics Full Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Phone..................................... Date of Birth . . . ./ . . . ./ . . . . . . .Email address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Club attended . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I wish to nominate for (please tick)  Open Singles  Open Pairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .partner I wish to nominate for (please tick)  U/15 Singles  U/15 Pairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .partner I hereby agree to accept the conditions as set out. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(signature) CONSENT: I agree to ......................................................... entering the Pine Rivers Junior Open Classic. I also certify the information above is correct in every detail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(signature parent/guardian) Nomination must be accompanied by a $10 nomination fee per player per event which includes all green fees and lunches.

Nominations close Monday, September 12, at 5pm — Send to Des Wilson, PO Box 15, Lawnton. 4501; Fax (07) 3881 3840; email des@prmbc.com.au

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DEVELOPMENT

B Y B RETT M URPHY

Clubs help out Qld’s disadvantaged kids organising the dates and the event occurring. Understandably people had other areas they thought their funds were required more and charity can only go so far. The partnership between BQ and BF4KF will be ongoing and while April may not have lived up to expectations there will be plenty of opportunities in the future to support this wonderful cause. With bi-annual events every April and October clubs can choose a time of year that suits them best. On top of the bi-annual charity bashes clubs are also being provided with donation boxes which can be left on the bar at the club. Knowing that clubs would be reluctant to commit to yet another worthy cause after the devastation earlier in the year these boxes became a necessity enabling ongoing support from clubs. The boxes can be left in an appropriate area in the club and they have deposit details for any funds raised included on the box. Boxes are currently being issued to all clubs by the development team staff as they conduct club visits. One of the great things about this charity from a clubs point of view is that any money raised is directed back to their local school, as you can see from the chart included earlier. This link with local schools can be beneficial to the club if they are seeking funding through grants. The following clubs participated in the recent charity bash:

Thanks to the support of Queensland clubs, 68 disadvantaged children will be receiving new school shoes and socks this month. The shoes and socks were funded by a Charity Bowls Bash held across the state in support of the Brighter Future 4 Kids Foundation (BF4KF) and its ʻShoes & Socks 4 Kidsʼ program during April. BF4KF managing director Pauline Preston said; “We are incredibly grateful to the clubs that have stepped up to help disadvantaged children in need in their own backyards. “Their support will make a real difference and help kids in need be ready to learn and take advantage of their best hope to escape the poverty trap, their education.” “Providing kids in need with new shoes and socks will actually help kids get to school when they might otherwise not go,” Ms Preston said. “By keeping their little feet safe from injury, dry during the rainy season, warm during winter and protected from the heat in summer our kids are also in a better position to learn when they do get to school. “And with winter now upon us the need has become critical as too many disadvantaged children are going to school with no shoes or shoes that are held together with staples or tape.” Bowls Queensland have pledged their ongoing support to helping disadvantaged Queensland children and will be holding the next charity bowls bash in October. We would have liked a better response to the April event, but unfortunately we werenʼt to know there was going to be a flood, cyclone and earthquake between

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Banksia Beach State School

Tugun Bowls Club

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Dayboro State School

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Mooloolah State School

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Norman Park State School

Wynnum Bowls Club

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Wynnum State School

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The hosting of a charity day and the link with local schools can have many benefits to your club. If your club has been trying to get a foot in the door with the local schools to get a school program up and running, this could be just the opportunity you need.

With regard to the charity day, itʼs an opportunity to make some much-needed revenue for a minimal outlay. If your charity day is based on donations raised from green fees or raffles this is a small amount to contribute compared to the potential profits that can be made through your bar, bistro or pokies. Above all else, holding a charity day offers an opportunity for a whole new group of potential new members a chance to play the sport and to see what your club has to offer.


UMPIRING with BQ’s umpire committee

The noisy spectator Have you ever been in the unfortunate position while watching and enjoying a game of bowls, of being within earshot of a spectator who constantly informs all who wish to listen of their interpretation on how the game should be played, or the playing ability of some of the players on the rink that they are watching. How do we deal with this situation? Law 58 gives controlling bodies and umpires the authority to restrict spectators to beyond the limits of the rink of play and to ensure that the players are not disturbed or advised in any way. If the controlling body allocates seating for players behind their rink, spectators must keep clear of this area. There are occasions when it is necessary for the umpire to speak with a spectator who, from his observation, is disrupting the concentration of the players by loud talk or unwarranted comments, this type of annoyance cannot be accepted. If the actions of the after continue spectator receiving a polite request to stop, then the controlling body has the power to temporarily interrupt play until the individual ceases their disruptive behaviour. Spectatorsʼ are a vital and required requisite for the success of our sport, and are entitled to enjoy their chosen entertainment. It is the clubʼs responsibility to encourage their attendance and ensure that they are made welcome and not subjected to any form of embarrassment.

CHALLENGING THE UMPIREʼS DECISION During a recent game of pairs the jack, as a result of play, was moved into the ditch on the boundary line. The umpire was called to determine whether the jack was in or out. This required the umpire to use a boundary scope to sight the jack through the peephole on the front bar to arrive at a decision. Obviously one of the participants had sighted past the boundary peg over the edge of the bank and was certain that the jack was in play. The umpire was challenged as to whether he had got the decision correct. Firstly, the boundary line of the rink is “an imaginary straight line connecting the centres of the boundary pegs on opposite banks that show the limits of play”. It therefore follows that sighting between the outside edges of the boundary pegs that are 50mm in diameter can give a different result to what is achieved using the correct equipment. Players should also be aware that an umpireʼs decision on any measuring cannot be challenged. Challenges may only be lodged against rulings of law. (Refer Law 56.2.dp6). DECLARING THE HEAD There has been some concern as to whether the indication to the skip of a

number shots held is cast in concrete for the deciding of an end.

allow good sportsmanship and common sense to solve the problem.

It is important to keep in mind that there is nothing in the law that commits the raising of an indicated number of shots as the final result for any end.

How often does this occur? Very seldom.

The law says that as the shots are agreed, each shot bowl can be moved from the head. If shot bowls have been placed in a group, the number of bowls in the group should be agreed by the opponents. However, what happens if, as the third is raising his fingers to indicate the shots, another member of the team asks “what about this bowl over here?” On looking at the indicated bowl it is recognised that the bowl may have further influence in the final result of the end. As there is no mention in any area of the laws of “changing your mind” on the result, it follows that even though the opponents have signalled the result to their skips, they may, by agreement, amend their score in the interests of fair play. This must happen before the “head” is destroyed. GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP On the inside of the front cover of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls (Page 7 - Foreword) it says that where an incident occurs and it is not covered by these laws, the players should

The laws are often based on past events and formulated so that we all ʻsing the same songʼ next time. A situation occurred recently where, in a pennant game of fours, the first three players on each team had played their bowls and the skips were crossing over when skip A collapsed and was unable to continue. What to do? Skip B could not play out of turn, nor could he play two bowls in succession. A substitute could also not act as skip. To make matters worse there was no other player available to assist. In fact, there was no lawful way written in which the end could be completed. The solution was that the players agreed to replay the end based on good sportsmanship and the end was completed with three players against four, the missing player being the second in team A. The game continued as per Law 46.


KICKING BACK

WITH

KELVIN KERKOW

Same sh*t...different year Clash of events hurting our clubs Last year I wrote about the unfortunate clash of dates between some of our major events and the damage I felt it was doing to our sport. On that occasion I was referring to the Gold Coast Winter Carnival and Qld Open, which ran simultaneously, forcing many players to choose between these prestigious events. This was damaging not only to the success of these events, but also to the reputation of the associations involved and the image of bowls in general. Well, here we are, 12 months later and it seems that little has changed. Once again the Qld Open is about to get underway and once again it will clash with one of the stateʼs biggest bowling events. The Open, which moves to Ipswich United Services in 2011, has been pushed back a week, meaning it is unlikely to clash with this yearʼs Winter Carnival. However, the change of date means the Open (July 30 – Aug 4) now falls right in the middle of the $15,000 Kingscliff Open Pairs tournament (July 31 – Aug 3). I canʼt believe that Bowls

Australia have failed to learn from their past mistakes and have scheduled the Open to clash with another major event. You have to wonder if they did any research at all. As far as I know, Kingscliff have had their dates locked in since last year. Bowls Australia, on the other hand, didnʼt even have a venue for this yearʼs Queensland Open until recently. Clubs regularly make contact with each other when scheduling events in order to avoid these sorts of clashes. Why then canʼt our national body, which is supposed to be promoting the sport and helping our clubs, do the same? I really feel for Kingscliff, who have been running this event for many years. Unfortunately I myself am now caught in between the two events, as I am the defending champion in both pairs tournaments. However, I have decided to play in the Kingscliff Open Pairs as the dates of this event were locked in last year.

And it isnʼt just in Queensland that the QLD Open is causing a headache. This yearʼs event also clashes with the New South Wales menʼs pennant finals, meaning many of the countryʼs top players will be unable to attend. Australian players like Aron Sherriff, Wayne Turley and Mark Berghofer will all be representing their clubs and unable to attend the Open, much to the disappointment of spectators. Congrats Lurch I would like to congratulate Nathan Rice on his selection to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Merdeka Indoor Championships in Kuala Lumpur. Nathan, who is making his long awaited return to Australiaʼs lineup, will play alongside Aron Sherriff and Linsey Armitage at the event, making for a formidable team. Itʼs also great to see the Australia v South Africa test series has also been revived. This titanic battle between two of the worldʼs top bowling nations will be held at the Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club in

South Australia from August 30 to September 1. Australia and South Africaʼs rivalry was reignited during the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, when the nations clashed in not one but two gold medal play-offs, with the Springboks prevailing in tiebreaks on both occasions. This event will be a chance for revenge, not to mention a great test for Australiaʼs finest ahead of the Asia Pacific Games, which are being held in Adelaide in November. Top skip tips Finally I would like to thank everybody who has been in touch to tell me how much they enjoyed my tips for becoming a top skip in last monthʼs magazine. One thing I forgot to mention in that interview, as something that has helped my game a lot in recent years, was the Lawn Bowls Rebound Disc Practise System. I really believe if you want to improve your game this is an essential addition your practice kit. Quite simply, it will improve your game.

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Budget impact on personal finances The Federal Budget’s impact on many people’s financial arrangements is far less significant than in recent years. Here, David Hodge, an Authorised Representative of ClearView Financial Advice, takes a look at some of the May Budget details. Remember these are subject to the passing of legislation.

Tax stable For the first time in many years, personal income tax rates and thresholds were maintained. This means 2010/11 rates and thresholds will apply in the year ahead.

Excess super contributions relief You may have heard in the media over the past year of people getting slugged by hefty tax bills because they exceeded the limits the government places on how much people can have contributed to super each year.

per person. For those aged 50 or over, the concessional cap is $50,000 per year until 30 June 2012, regardless of their super balance. If these caps are exceeded, harsh tax penalties, sometimes up to 93%, can apply to the excess. > In the Budget, it was announced that after June 2012, those 50 and over will have a concessional contributions cap that is fixed at $25,000 more than the standard cap that applies to those under 50 – subject to criteria. For example, to get this higher cap, they must have less than $500,000 of super savings. > The Budget also included an announcement that from 2011/12, individuals can choose to have up to $10,000 of any excess concessional super contributions refunded back to them and assessed at their marginal tax rate instead of the harsh penalty rates. Individuals will only be able to use this option one time. It’s important people keep double-checking throughout the year how much is being contributed to super to make sure the caps aren’t exceeded.

Some people inadvertently got caught because their employers made additional contributions on their behalf which counted towards the cap.

Pension drawdown amounts

There is currently a yearly non-concessional contributions cap of $150,000 per person with the ability for some to contribute up to $450,000 by “bringing forward” the next two years contributions, and a yearly concessional contributions cap of $25,000

If you have a superannuation account-based or market-linked pension, take note that the relief in the minimum amount individuals have to draw each year is being phased out. For the past three financial years, to help people avoid realising some of the losses of

the global financial crisis, the Government had halved the minimum withdrawal percent. > As announced in the Budget, in 2011/12 this relief will be reduced to 25%, and then drawdown percentages will return to normal levels from July 2012 on. For example, individuals aged 75 to 79 need to draw a minimum of 4.5% of their balance in 2011/12, and then the regular 6% beyond that.

Co-contribution still a super boost For years, the Government has had an incentive for low and middle income earners to contribute to super after tax. Known as the super co-contribution, some people receive up to $1,000 a year bonus into their super from the Government. > In the Budget, it was announced that the income level used to work out if a co-contribution is available, will be maintained at $61,920 for a further year to include 2012/13. However, even with the delay in indexing these thresholds, the co-contribution still remains one of the best ways to boost super savings. ClearView Financial Planners cut through the jargon and complexity of Government rules, helping Australians make the most of their money. For practical financial advice, phone David on (07) 3210 3713.

This information is based on superannuation and taxation laws current at the time this document was prepared. These laws are subject to change. Our Financial Planners can provide factual tax information but do not provide tax advice in relation to your personal circumstances. Any advice in this material is general advice only and does not take into account your personal circumstances, financial needs or your individual objectives. Our Financial Planner, David Hodge, is an Authorised Representative AR266763 of ClearView Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 89 133 593 012 AFSL 331 367, a subsidiary company of ClearView Wealth Ltd ABN 83 106 248 248.

Score $$$ for your club For more than 9 years, ClearView – formerly under the ComCorp brand – has been supporting Queensland bowlers with advice on investing, life insurance, superannuation, retirement and more. ClearView Support Your Club campaign In 2011, for each bowls club member or visitor that becomes a ClearView client and mentions this offer, ClearView will pay the club $100, helping support bowls in Queensland.

So if you want a clear view on financial planning and to see your club supported, contact David Hodge • T (07) 3210 3713 • E david.hodge@clearview.com.au www.clearview.com.au Our financial planner is an Authorised representative AR266763 of ClearView Financial Advice Pty Limited ABN 89 133 593 012 AFSL 331 367, a subsidiary company of ClearView Wealth Limited ACN 106 248 248.

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Lawn bowls is a sport that is steeped in tradition Legend has it Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh were embroiled in a match prior to the Spanish Armada during the late 16th century, while the first recorded game on Australian soil is said to have occurred in 1845 at Sandy Bay in Tasmania. Over the ensuing years, some of AustraliaĘźs greatest players, officials and administrators have graced our sport, but finding an appropriate forum to acknowledge their deeds on a

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national basis has regrettably failed to materialise. Until recently that is. Earlier this year, Bowls Australia announced that it had established a Hall of Fame to commemorate the sportĘźs most outstanding achievers, with the inaugural induction to take place at the Stamford Grand in Adelaide on December 7.

representing the highest level of peer recognition for an individualĘźs performance or contribution to the sport.

to the sport of bowls including administration, coaching and officiating, media and history, sports science and technology.

New members will be subsequently inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Bowls Australia Awards Night each year.

While Bowls Australia has established eligibility criteriaĘźs for both categories - which are available online at www.bowlsaustralia.com.au, along with nomination forms the July 31 deadline for membership nominations is rapidly approaching and a call to arms has been issued.

Athlete members are those who have competed at international competition level for Australia, while general members are selected for excellence and outstanding achievement in roles supportive

Up to 30 of the sportĘźs most deserving figures will be recognised on the evening for their achievements both on and off the green, with induction

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With each and every club from across Australia eligible to nominate members, I implore you to submit your nominations and pay homage to those people who you believe deserve recognition for their contribution to the sport. IĘźm sure the inaugural Hall of Fame induction will be a night to remember and will quickly establish itself as the preeminent forum for peer recognition in Australian lawn bowls.

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As stated above, subsequent inductions into the Hall of Fame will be made each year during the Bowls Australia Awards Night, which was held for the first time with great success in front of a capacity crowd at MelbourneĘźs Crown Casino in February. Now poised to become an annual fixture on the bowls calendar, the Bowls Australia Awards Night is a wonderful means to recognise the outstanding achievements of the nationĘźs current crop of bowlers and administrators, with categories including male and female bowler of the year, coach of the year and official of the year among others. With the success of the event once again contingent on worthy and well credentialed nominations, I encourage you all to take a proactive approach to these initiatives and to recognise that tradition still remains a key ingredient in our sport. Please note, tickets for each event are available to the public and further details can be found at www.bowlsaustralia.com.au


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Welcome to the Queensland Bowler’s July edition of Henselite’s Spot The Jack competition. Simply put an X where you think the missing jack was located in this head, fill in your details below and send this page to:

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Want to become a better bowler? FORMER AUSTRALIAN REPRESENTATIVE, COMMONWEALTH GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST AND CURRENT QUEENSLAND STATE COACH, BILL CORNEHLS, IS RUNNING TRAINING CAMPS AT BOWLING CLUBS ACROSS QUEENSLAND RIGHT NOW. Interested in hosting a training camp at your club or district? Just get 20 friends together and strap in for a fun-filled day. One-day camp costs $20 per person. For further information contact Bowls Queensland on (07) 3355 9988 or email hp1@bowlsqld.org

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Are you a team player? While the selector’s job is to choose players, it is often the coach who must turn a group of individuals into a team. Coaches understand that getting a group of individuals to work together is not easy. Personalities and attitudes may prevent a team from working cohesively. While the selectorʼs job is to choose players, it is often the coach who has to turn a group of individuals into a team. This involves getting the players to think as one, instead of thinking independently.

Getting players to work together in implementing a game plan allows individuals to work together to achieve the same goal. Understanding the stages of group development such as forming, storming, norming and performing can help players not only implement the game plan but also realise the importance behind the development of the plan.

Imagine the chaos if everyone did their own thing.

This is the starting point where individual players become a TEAM.

Visualize a team where the lead only rolls short ends because thatʼs what they prefer.

Being part of a team means added responsibility.

The second runs at the head every time the opposition puts a bowl close to the jack, while the third ignores the skips instructions.

Coaches donʼt often get the opportunity to work with a full team or side, due to the fact that not everyone in the team has the same attitude towards the benefits of training.

Add to the mix a skip that demands perfection and is void of the leadership skills required to guide their team and you have a recipe for disaster. I spend a lot of time helping players work together in a team environment. This entails building among the players.

trust

Each bowler needs to feel that they have the support of every player in the team. Activities similar to those used in corporate team building are used to demonstrate the importance of understanding the roles team members take on and how these roles are vital if a team wants to perform at its best.

This not only makes it hard for the coach, but also makes it hard for the team, as they can never train as a complete unit. Everyone understands that work and family commitments must come first, but when the only thing that prevents a player from training with his/her teammates is their negative attitude towards training, I would start to question their position within that team. A team is made up of a group of individuals that must work together to get results. Communication is another important area of team work. I utilise many activities to demonstrate the importance of

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communication, which can be done both on and off the green. Without positive communication a team cannot survive. Communication is not only conveyed verbally…bad body language can also affect team morale. Implementing strategies to deal with conflict as soon as it appears will prevent negative communication destroying team harmony. Conflict can be either positive or negative, yet it is common to only see conflict in a negative sense. We can learn a lot from conflict, although we often try to avoid it and pretend it does not exist. This is like driving down the road and pretending that traffic lights never turn red. Conflict can stop us, but handled properly it allows us to move forward. Happy players play better bowls, while stressed players donʼt play at their best. Recently I observed a team that was demonstrating good communication skills and you could see that each member of the team was enjoying their game. As soon as the team was told by an observer that they needed to be serious and concentrate they started to slip backwards on the scoreboard and the team morale disappeared. This shows how easily negative input can destroy a team.

Introductory coaches are not club coaches There are still some concerns with introductory coaches performing the role of club coaches. An introductory coach looks after school groups and social groups, they do not do one on one coaching. This is the job of the club coach. If a person wants to become a bowler they should be given the contact number of a club coach. This also applies to juniors. If a junior from a school group wants to learn to bowl to a standard that enables them to become a club member they must be referred to the club coach. There is nothing to stop an introductory coach becoming a club coach by attending a club coach course. Accreditation can only be achieved by attending a course run by BA approved Presenters and Assessors, who are running courses with the approval of BQ. Introductory coaches are designed to fulfil insurance requirements when dealing with schools and social groups. Current recognised coaching levels are; introductory coach, club coach (old level 1), level 2 and level 3. There is still no word on the advance coach accreditation. Level 2 and 3 coaches will hold their accreditation until BA tells us otherwise.

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