Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

It's a Sporting Life in Ipswich; Be It with a Ball or Bat, It's Clear No Game Was off Limits for Our Athletic Forebears

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

It's a Sporting Life in Ipswich; Be It with a Ball or Bat, It's Clear No Game Was off Limits for Our Athletic Forebears

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BERYL JOHNSTON

WOODEN BOWLS

UNTIL 1918, bowls were made solely of wood (lignum vitae) and in fact were called "woods".

Since then the rubber bowl and the plastic bowl have been developed. The advantage of the composite bowl is that it is not affected by climatic conditions.

In March 1968, the Australian Bowling Council altered the law relating to permissible maximum weigh of bowls.

The law now allows a maximum weight of 8.3kg for any size bowl, but manufacturers in Australia are not making bowls of all sizes in the maximum weight.

The purpose of the amending to the law regarding weight of bowls was to minimise the advantage gained by a bowler with a big hand capable of holding a large and consequently heavier bowls.

However, manufacturers, for some unknown reason, are not making "heavyweight" bowls in the smaller sizes and consequently players with very small hands are still suffering the same disadvantage as existed prior to the amendment.

The advantage of the heavier weight in a bowl is obvious -- it is less affected by wind or irregularities of the green.

(QT June 2, 1967)

T.C. BEIRNE SHIELD

It was reported in the Queensland Times October 3, 1951, that for the second successive year, Ipswich Christian Brothers college won the T.C. Beirne Shield at the Metropolitan Catholic Schools Athletic Carnival on Saturday, October 1, 1951.

The Beirne Shield was awarded on the aggregate for the sections from 10 to 14 years.

It was won by this college in 1950 by one point, but his year's (1951) boys increased their margin to 10 points.

They gained points in 11 out of 14 events.

Among those who won sections were K. Grayson, B. McGuire, P. Scott and others with second or third placings were B. McMillan, N McDonald, R. Pyle and T. …

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