Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bowlers Asked for Feedback on Lottery Idea

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bowlers Asked for Feedback on Lottery Idea

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THE Federal Government is considering a national lottery as part of its plan for increased involvement in sport.

In a release to Women's Bowls NSW, the Minister for Sport Greg Hunt announces the suggested lottery and invites all Australians and the sporting community to play a part in shaping his government's new National Sport Plan.

"The plan will be a long-term strategy for the whole of sport and will examine four key pillars of participation, performance, prevention through physical activity, and integrity," the minister says.

"A national lottery, to be developed by the states, and activity to boost participation are among options being considered."

He goes on to call for public submissions: "The process of public consultation is one part of a wider program of extensive stakeholder consultation, designed to ensure everyone has the opportunity to have their say."

Submissions are to be made by July 31.

Dominant performance

AUSTRALIA swept through New Zealand in the three-day Trans Tasman series at Broadbeach winning 14 of the 15 tests and taking all seven trophies.

The third day was just a formality - the Aussies had secured overall victory after two outings.

In the Development section, former Ballina whiz kid Aaron Teys was in blistering form, skipping the opening pairs to a 18-9 victory with 15-year-old Dubbo prodigy Jonathon Davis, the singles winner at this year's Ballina Summerland series.

In the singles on the second day, Teys cleared out to a 21-8 win then wound up the third day with another solid victory in the pairs with young Davis.

Said national coach Steve Glasson, cockahoop after the clean sweep: "There's a lot weighing on these events. It's part of the preparation for the Commonwealth Games so the players know that every opportunity to shine is a tick in the box towards a Games berth."

Same bias

REMEMBER the master bowl, the one whose bias all bowls had to match and had to be officially stamped to ensure they did?

I was looking over a 1982 set of the game's rules and by-laws and in it the master bowl is given prominence. The bias of the bowl to be used - of wood, rubber or composition - was to be of a shape that 'shall conform as closely as practicable to that of the Master Bowl' and the bias 'not less than that of the Master Bowl'.

Yep, today's game is the same one. You'd never know it, though.

Sevens heaven

NORTH of the border they're hailing their state-wide Sevens comp as 'the shining light of bowls'.

Chairman Owen Bradley, over the moon with the popularity of this year's event, predicted huge growth on the way. "I think we'll have another 100 teams next year," he said. "We had 202 this year."

Sour note on the Gold Coast section of the competition: A council parking inspector wrote $260 in fines while play was going on. …

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