New-for­mat bowls may see mem­bers be­come in­censed

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN

MED­DLING with a triedand-tested for­mula is never a wise thing.

In lawn bowls the pre­mier for­mat is fours; four play­ers per side armed with two bowls, con­test­ing 21 ends.

But then came change. From a Western Prov­ince point of view, Flag (men) and Muter (women) fours com­pe­ti­tions have been played un­der dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances for the past few years.

The first tin­ker­ing saw teams bat­tle it out over 18 ends (three-end tiebreaker in play if two skins were shared), then came a 20-end game with two 10-end skins on the line.

Mem­bers had their say on both oc­ca­sions, so no quib­bles.

But now there’s talk of more tin­ker­ing with the way of things.

Will we see fours re­vert to how it was (21 ends) and with more points on the line?

The ma­jor­ity of clubs want it that way.

A 21-end game with a point on of­fer per end plus four for the over­all win, does seem to be the way to go.

It will make for tense ac­tion.

The Pre­mier League may move to a Sun­day slot (all 10 teams play­ing at the same venue), with the new-look First Di­vi­sion A, B C and D and re­main­ing di­vi­sions (all zoned) set for play­ing their fix­tures on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Teams for the above will be re­duced from 12 to eight play­ers.

Whether that is the way to go only time will tell.

But for sure there are go­ing to be some men and women who played in the first team who will lose their places.

The WP ex­ec­u­tive met on Thurs­day to dis­cuss mat­ters and will soon make a fi­nal call .

“We are in the process of see­ing what’s best for our base,” said Western Prov­ince Bowls pres­i­dent Graeme Kemp.

“We want to strengthen our leagues across the board and have more peo­ple play­ing, and that means mak­ing changes.

“What­ever we come up will be in the best in­ter­ests of the dis­trict, that I can as­sure mem­bers.

“It’s a process that is on­go­ing.

“And when we have set­tled on the fi­nal prod­uct for the two com­pe­ti­tions, clubs will be im­me­di­ately in­formed.”

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