Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Relegation Rules Apply in Pennants

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Relegation Rules Apply in Pennants

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WITH the new season on the horizon, clubs that have won a district, zone or State pennant in the previous season have to be careful they don't breach the conditions of play regarding player relegation.

The rules provide that any player graded in a side that won a zone pennant is ineligible to play in a lower grade in the next season.

Win a No 2 to No 7 State flag and a player is ineligible to play next season in that grade or lower. A No1 State pennant winner must play no lower than the top grade.

These conditions apply unless a player's eligibility for a variation has the written approval of the State match committee. And that can be given only by clubs making an application through their district and zone associations.

National squad

THE strength of Gold Coast club Helensvale is evident in the Australian squad to play New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman series at Traralgon, Victoria, from March 18-20.

Helensvale's Nathan Rice replaces clubmate, world champion and Australian Open winner Mark Casey, and joins another Helensvale player, Brett Wilkie, in the men's side. Helensvale's Lynsey Clarke is women's captain.

Rice is the only change selectors have made in the successful men's side which is: Rice, 34; Wilkie, 39; Aron Sherriff, 28 (NSW); Matt Flapper (Vic) 35; Wayne Ruediger (SA) 37.

The women's side is Kelsey Cottrell (NSW), 23; Carla Odgers (Vic), 23; Helensvale's Lynsey Clarke, 30; Karen Murphy (NSW), 39; Natasha Scott (nee van Eldik, NSW) 23.

The blue ribbon men's singles will be played by two-times International Bowler of the Year Aaron Sherriff. Kelsey Cottrell, a world champion and Australian Open singles winner, will contest the singles for the women.

Innovations

A COMMON complaint among social bowlers is that the format for the day has been used so often it becomes boring.

Several clubs have introduced special social events to overcome this.

The latest is Alstonville, which once a month is departing from its usual formula to introduce two-bowl triples with some handy cash incentives. Starting tomorrow week, there'll be a $500 jackpot, a prize for a random margin, a $75 rink prize and a random rink winner. …

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