Smoother re­cep­tion to syn­thet­ics by gov­ern­ing bod­ies

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Joe Crid­dle

The Mid West con­tin­ues to be the envy of the WA bowl­ing scene.

Re­cent sea­sons have seen the emer­gence of syn­thetic sur­faces, with the tech­nol­ogy im­prov­ing each year with both sand-fill and car­peted play­ing are­nas.

Bowls WA com­pe­ti­tions man­ager Pi­eter Har­ris says the group still has a pref­er­ence to play State events on grass — but this not as strong as it used to be and the 2017- 18 sea­son may see the gov­ern­ing body us­ing newer syn­thet­ics on a larger scale for some events.

There is no doubt that the num­ber of syn­thetic greens con­tin­ues to rise, es­pe­cially in coun­try ar­eas.

The at­ti­tude of both Bowls Aus­tralia and Bowls WA is chang­ing as these sur­faces con­tinue to im­prove, Mr Har­ris said.

“Draw­ing a line from ap­prox­i­mately Ar­madale down to Mar­garet River, the Bus­sel­ton Bowl­ing Club is the only one with a grass sur­face — how­ever, your Mid West area, the grass is go­ing strong,” he said.

“The next five to 15 years, there are go­ing to be play­ers in cer­tain ar­eas, for ex­am­ple the Mur­ray Districts, that have started play­ing the game since 2005 that would not know what a grass green looks like and may have dif­fer­ing feel­ings from the cur­rent play­ers.”

The up­com­ing Aus­tralian Cham­pion of Cham­pion sin­gles will be played in the Northern Ter­ri­tory on a cov­ered syn­thetic.

This event will be held the week after the over-60s play in South Aus­tralia at the Na­tional Sides Se­ries at two venues — one with grass and the other a syn­thetic sur­face.

The metropoli­tan area last year had a bowl­ing fraternity of 65 clubs — 19 had fully syn­thetic greens, a fur­ther 17 had a com­bi­na­tion of grass and syn­thetic and the re­main­ing 29 venues were fully grassed.

These num­bers will change in the next cou­ple of years, with at least five clubs look­ing to a com­bi­na­tion of grass and syn­thetic or go­ing fully syn­thetic.

Lo­cally, Mullewa has a state-ofthe-art syn­thetic green that is a great as­set to the com­mu­nity and Won­thella is now look­ing at the sec­ond for the re­gion.

At the re­cent Deni­son car­ni­val, well over half the field trav­elled from the metropoli­tan area, and the South West of the State has dif­fer­ent cli­matic and grow­ing con­di­tions, re­sult­ing in many converting to the syn­thetic re­place­ment.

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