With the recent warm weather, it certainly doesn’t feel like we are just over a month away from Winter. On the greens, the action continues warm up, as many players’ Pennants and Championship seasons head towards the pointy end.
Please find the latest monthly update following, a little later than usual as I was attending to some professional development last week.
…and as always … HELP ME, HELP YOU by sending an email or calling 0408 798 272 for advice or to arrange a meeting.
I am also endeavoring to attend as many Zone and District delegates meetings at the moment – please feel free to invite me along if I haven’t dropped in on one of yours as yet in 2016.
Three Weeks To Go – Bowls Returns to Free-to-Air TV
In three weeks, the sport we love will return to free-to-air TV with a bang. “The Bowls Show” will air on SBS on Sunday afternoons (at 1pm) from May 15.
The show will also be available to download from the internet via SBS On Demand.
Regular segments on coaching, development, officiating, high performance and social bowls will be incorporated in the program and will provide a point of difference to the traditional event-only coverage shown in past broadcasts. The show will include action from the recent World Cup played at Warilla as well as action from the upcoming Australian Open (which will also be telecast LIVE on FoxSports).
So tell your family, tell your friends, tell everyone you can that bowls is back in a big way on the box (or via broadband). May 15 – mark your calendars now.
Shareable YouTube teaser… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2gpv6Pe3c
Three Days To Go – To Enter The Australian Open – June 11 to 24
|There are just three more days (including today) to enter the world’s biggest bowls tournament. It is OPEN to every bowler in the country and with 544 prize money places and new Over 60 Men’s and Women’s Pairs events, there is an even greater chance of sharing in the quarter of a million dollars in prize money. Apart from the prize money, the Gold Coast event has now become a festival of the sport and a celebration of all that is wonderful about bowls, bringing together bowlers from all levels.
All entrants play each event in a sectional format followed by knockouts meaning that all entrants are guaranteed multiple matches in every discipline.
Why not gather some friends and head for some winter sun and fun on the Gold Coast. Entries close on April 25.
Click here to enter the 2016 Australian Open online or by using manual forms; these can be downloaded here. http://australianopen.bowlsaustralia.com.au/
Keep Up-To-Date With All The National Bowls News
Here is a quick and easy way to keep up to date on Bowls Australia’s latest news. If you don’t have time to visit the Bowls Australia website regularly why not sign up to the Holding Shot e-Newsletter. Holding Shot recaps what you may have missed that month and is delivered directly to your inbox. Please share this link with your members.
To sign up to the Holding Shot e-Newsletter, click here… https://confirmsubscription.com/h/d/5465C282A2BD3A58
Relive Great Bowls Matches
If you are looking for replays of classic bowls matches on the small screen, then steer your web browser to the Bowls Australia YouTube channel. Most of the 2015 Australian Open Finals can be found on the page for starters…
2015 AO Men’s Singles Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ5llvd2Q2M
2015 AO Women’s Singles Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4iv6RPGSTM
2015 AO Men’s Pairs Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS2vyGRIJjY
2015 AO Women’s Pairs Final - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpR0sSx-J5o
Australian Indoor Qualifying – NSW Events
Entries are still open for the Men’s 2016 Australian Indoors Qualifying event. The Men’s qualifying event will be played at both East Cessnock and Warilla Bowling Clubs (players choice of venue) from May 31 to June 3 - entries close on May 8.
The entries for the Women’s event have now closed and the draw can be found here…
Men’s Conditions of Play Submissions for 2017
The Bowls NSW State Match Committee will soon start reviewing the Conditions of Play in the lead up to the 2017 Season. This is the annual opportunity for any stakeholder to make a submission to the SMC and submissions should address any concerns with the current Conditions of Play, suggest areas for improvement or address issues not currently covered in the Conditions of Play. The deadline for submissions is May 27. Please check with your Zone executive whether they would like any Club/individual submission to be sent via the Zone executive as they may like to collate and follow up their Club’s submissions.
NSW Junior Carnival
Entries are also open for the NSW Junior Carnival to be held at Windang Bowling Club between July 7 and 10. The event has categories for Under 18s and Under 15s in Boys and Girls Singles, Open Pairs and Mixed Turnaround Triples. For more details, please click on the lick below…
Australian Sides Championships – NSW Women Champions Again!
The Australian Sides Championships (the annual Interstate teams competition) was played at the Queanbeyan and Queanbeyan RSL Bowling Clubs earlier this month. A hearty congratulations to the NSW Women’s team who went through the interstate series undefeated and collected their fifth consecutive Marj Morris trophy – a remarkable achievement.
The champion team were:
Rink 1: Sarah Boddington, Samantha Shannahan, Katrina Wright, Kelsey Cottrell
Rink 2: Dawn Hayman, Kay Moran, Beth Quinlan, Karen Murphy
Rink 3: Jamie-Lee Worsnop, Ellen Ryan, Anne Johns, Natasha Scott
The NSW Men’s team finished a gallant second in their competition with the Victorian Men’s team claiming their first Interstate Men’s title in 14 years.
NSW won the overall Australian Sides trophy, with Victoria in second place and South Australia finishing third.
Food For Thought... on Recruitment (Part 2)
Last month, I promised to share a range of recruitment and retention ideas in this month’s update …and so here they are – a list of 72 ideas can be found by clicking on the link below.
The ideas have been gathered from a number of sources including some evidence-based methods that have delivered results at Sydney Bowling Clubs – I am sure you will find an idea or three that you can try at your Club.
Sydney Social Bowls Calendar
The Sydney Social Bowls Calendar has once again been updated – thank you to those that sent through corrections. You can find an updated copy and a map of every Sydney Bowling Club at the website below. The Club map now includes our good friends in Ingleburn, Campbelltown and Camden.
Again, if you notice any errors with respect to your Club’s details, let me know and I will happily update the file and repost each month.
Good for Current Members, Good for Finding New Members – RDNS Health & Wellbeing Sessions
The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) have been running informative health and wellness sessions in Bowling Clubs.
There is an opportunity for your Club to host one of these sessions. For Clubs, it provides a great opportunity to improve the health of our members while potentially growing membership. A facilitator will come and conduct these sessions at your club for your members and anyone else in the community who may also wish to attend. The RDNS will work in partnership with local community providers and advertise the sessions via their vast networks to help encourage extra people through the door.
The topics that your Club can choose from are:
- Positive Ageing
- Skin Health
- Bladder Health
- Stress and Anxiety
- Intro to CPR and Defibrillation
The cost is just a gold coin donation per person and your Club can pick the day/time of the week you would like to host a session. Please drop me an email if you would like to tee up a session at your Club.
Mats and Jacks at Great Prices - Aero
Bowls Australia’s supporter Aero Bowls has a special deal on mats and jacks at the moment – a combo deal of a brand new mat and jack for $25 (for both together). It should be pointed out that the mats are blue in colour and the jacks are white – both of great quality. If you’d like to place an order, let me know and I may even be able to organize free delivery of the equipment when I am next in your area. This special deal may not last long.
Bowls Australia is excited to be part of the Sporting Schools Program that is seeing many Australian primary schools given the option to select Bowls as a sport for their school.
The Sporting Schools initiative allows primary schools to apply for funding to conduct four or more sessions of a selected sport (i.e. bowls) for their students.
They get funding to pay for coaches and to buy a Jr. Jack Attack Kit – which allows them to continue to conduct bowls within the school after the official sessions have been completed.
We know that many clubs and schools will already have a relationship – if you are working with a school or have done so in the past, ask the school to contact the staff at Bowls Australia firstname.lastname@example.org
Becoming a Sporting Schools Coach
If anyone at your club is interesting in becoming a Sporting Schools Coach, they can register here at https://www.sportingschools.gov.au/forms/member-registration – they are then endorsed by BA assuming they meet the criteria. Bowls Australia have engaged Coach Approach to manage our Sporting Schools workforce. Coaches will be paid up to $30/hour.
As part of the requirements for Sporting Schools, each coach needs a Working with Children Check meeting their states requirements and also requires insurance. Your Club’s insurance will only cover sessions that are conducted at the Club - one of your members going to a school is not covered by your insurance. This is where Coach Approach comes in, Coach Approach provides the insurance, bills the school and pays the coach. For any more information, please contact Bowls Australia at email@example.com.
For those on social media…
On Twitter, you can tweet bowls stories to my twitter handle, @chriswallace73, and I will retweet them.
On Facebook, my account is Chris Wallace (with the cartoon photo) - ask me to like your Club page, if I haven’t already, and I will share your good news/events on my news feed.
Have fun on the greens,
Chris Wallace | Regional Bowls Manager – Sydney
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