Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Pennants Change Afoot

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Pennants Change Afoot

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THE coming pennant season will be reduced from the usual 10 weeks to six if NRDBA plans are approved by the zone and state.

The grades, depending on the number of entries, will be divided into two sections of four sides. This means that some of last seasonCOs grades will now be larger. In the 2012 competition, four grades had six sides; four had five sides (the No 7s had two sections of five each.)

Under the new system, in grades with two sections of four, sides will play each other twice.

Match committee chairman George Newell said clubs had been notified of their pennant grades but these were pending official approval of the proposed changes.

Dollar drawcard

RUGBY league followers will remember the supremacy of NSW when money induced QueenslandCOs best players to move interstate. The lure of the lucre has been happening for a while in bowls.

Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 2012 Australian Open champion Mark Casey is the latest in a growing list of QueenslandCOs top bowlers to join the exodus south.

CaseyCOs move to SydneyCOs powerhouse St John Park follows his Queensland club HelensvaleCOs decision not to renew lucrative player contracts. He said the southern offer was too good to refuse.

HelensvaleCOs current player strength includes other big-timers in Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice, Anthony Kiepe and Australian womenCOs team captain Lynsey Armitage, among others, all of whom have been affected by the clubCOs contract cuts. They couldnCOt be blamed if theyCOre eyeing the Sydney money.

Australian womenCOs reps Kelsey Cottrell and Julie Keegan, together with young Queensland champion Ben Twist, are among the stars to move south recently.

Queensland coach Bill Cornehls, who reversed the move when he came north from Victoria, understands the player migration. He says lawn bowls is not very financially rewarding and players have to make financially viable decisions.

Bad day for columnist

RIGHT bloke, wrong name. When John Day was called John King in a recent column, it was an easy mistake to make. The Broadwater president is royalty at the club and with the past presidentsCO association. …

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