Jessica Srisamruaybai won the Tweed Heads Bowls Club Championship at just 16.
Jessica Srisamruaybai won the Tweed Heads Bowls Club Championship at just 16. Contributed

Ladies’ bowls looks to future

AS THE saying goes: “to stand still – is to go backwards”.

This well known verse is relevant in progressive businesses and should be for any non-profit organisation and of course that includes sporting bodies like our great association of lawn bowls.

For far too long, infrastructure for the care of management of lawn bowls has been too cumbersome to come to terms with the changing social environment of the 21st century.

With a declining and aging membership base, the emphasis over the past years has been to entice the younger generation to take up the sport.

However, over the years, Ladies’ District Management and delegates haven’t seen the light and still play week day pennants (Friday morning) which restricts younger bowlers and working women.

However, the Ladies’ District Management recently sent a letter to all club secretaries in the Gold Coast district for club committees to discuss the proposal of Saturday pennants and to instruct delegates on how to vote when the proposal comes up at the June 13 delegates’ meeting.

If the meeting votes in the affirmative, then ladies Gold Coast pennant competition will be played on Saturdays in the 2017 season.

Furthermore, after a number of letters requesting a final series, the Ladies District Management has decided to play a finals for the first time this year with second versus third and the winner plays the section leader for the flag.

One can only hope Gold Coast ladies follow the example of the Brisbane District which plays all pennant and championships on the weekends.

As has been stated previously, state pennant finals between the top eight group winners is played over a weekend in November each year, setting a precedence.

I feel Gold Coast Ladies are ready to take a step forward and will vote for

the proposal for the 2017 season.

Jessica Srisamruaybai has broken all known records at the big Tweed Heads Bowls Cub by winning the Club Championship singles at just 16.

A product of the THBC Junior program run by Vince and Joan Leather, and more recently Judy Pearce, Srisamruaybai started six years ago and has shown promise, determination and ability since the very early days in the Saturday morning youth program and training has certainly paid dividends. Srisamruaybai won through to the final to play Gold Coast Ladies’ district bowler of the year Wendy Wilson, and won 25/19 in a great match between the two.

South Tweed Ladies Prestige Singles starts Monday with two days of sectional play followed by sections winners playing in post section rounds before finals on Thursday.

Australia’s highest ranked bowler Natasha Scott is the defending champion and should reach the final four – results online at southtweedsports.com



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