Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Where Is the Money Going?

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Where Is the Money Going?

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IT'S a myth, says Bowls Australia, that the revenue from its logo merchandising goes to the national team and the high performance program.

The national body says this income helps to 'generate revenue to support the employment of 16 regional bowls managers servicing metropolitan and regional areas as well as the general development of the game at the grassroots level'. And it has 'helped to enhance the image of bowls in Australia by creating consistency in attire worn at pennant and above level'.

The national body goes to lengths on its website with this announcement, which it says is to dispel what is 'the common misconception within the bowls fraternity'.

Sure there's a common misconception among bowlers. It's the misplaced belief that Bowls Australia's oft-quoted 'helping grassroot bowls' meant the logo income would financially assist clubs in danger of closing their doors. Instead, struggling clubs see the logo income being used to build up an administrative army.

And if, as the national body says, all this compulsory merchandising has created consistency in the way bowlers dress, I must have been playing somewhere else. Never before in the history of our game have bowlers looked so scruffy.

Battle for top spot

FRESH from the Easter break, the race for the No 1 pennant is unlikely to be decided in Saturday's seventh round of the 10-week season. The top two sides will be up against opponents whose form suggests it would take a major turnaround for them to be a threat.

Ballina, on 10 points, will face fourth-placed Casino RSM (four); South Lismore, tied for the lead on 10, will meet second-last Alstonville (four).

Out to create an upset in the competition is dark horse East Lismore (eight points). The Easties should win against Evans Head - a side languishing without a point.

Boundary changes not wanted

SEEMS the one-time forecast that zone boundaries were about to change is a dead duck, at least in the bush.

Bowls NSW chief exec officer Greg Helm says in the state magazine that the feedback since the release of a discussion paper in 2013 showed change was 'not required or wanted' in many areas of the state. …

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