• Issue 201 – 17 October 2014

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      Men’s Region Sides Championship – Announcement of Venue

      Bowls Victoria, the Corowa Shire and Corowa Civic Bowls Club wish to announce that the 2015 Men’s Region Sides Championships will be staged from the 9th -11th January 2015 at the iconic venue located in Corowa.
      In making this announcement, it can also be confirmed that the event will be staged at Corowa in 2016 & 2017, consolidating the partnership that has been forged between Bowls Victoria, Corowa Shire and the Corowa Civic Bowls Club.

      In the words of Corowa Shire Mayor Fred Longmire, “We are very pleased to have come to a long-term agreement with Bowls Victoria to host this event at our great venue here in Corowa.” Mayor Longmire further stated that, “This announcement adds further momentum to our newly established tourism committee and is definitely the biggest bowls announcement for Corowa since the movie Crackerjack was filmed here.”
      Bowls Victoria President John Fisher said he believed the competition “somewhat belongs in Corowa given its history of staging the event here over a number of years and the fact that people do enjoy coming here to Corowa for the weekend’s activities and to the venue that contains many fond memories to those who have competed here over a number of years.”
      President Fisher further commented that, “The greens are in great shape and the club volunteers are striving for excellence in every aspect of running this year’s event.”
      Undoubtedly now, the process of trialling players for Region teams will be getting underway and there will be a focus on getting the combinations right for what is an opportunity for the State’s finest to put on show their skills and claim a very coveted title.

      2014 Victorian Open

      State Sports Minister & Minister for Veterans Affairs Damian Drum MLC will be performing the official opening duties at this year’s event at Shepparton Park BC. Bowls Victoria is honoured to have Minister Drum attend as part of this year’s event opening and we’re looking forward to having him present at the event as it is being staged in the Northern Victoria Region he represents in the Victorian State Parliament.
      There’s only one week left in which to get your entries in for the 2014 Victorian Open. Why not enter all of the events you can to try and claim the $2,000 prize on offer for the best performed Player of the Open and also on offer in all events will be Bowls Australia Player Ranking Points.Entries close on Friday 24 October for the 2014 Victorian Open, to be once again staged in the Goulburn Valley and hosted by the Shepparton Park BC. Click here for all the information you require to enter the event which kicks off on Sunday 23 November.

      Women Leaders in Sport

      In highlighting the contribution of Women in Sport, a recently announced funding grant has been announced and is available for application. The Women Leaders in Sport grant program provides female administrators, coaches and officials with opportunities to undertake intermediate or advanced training within an existing pathway in the sport industry to reach their leadership potential. Individuals can apply for up to $5,000 and Organisations can apply for up to $10,000 to undertake training in the areas of coaching, communications, media and marketing, governance, management and administration, and officiating. To be eligible for a grant, individuals must be involved in a paid or volunteer capacity at a local, state or national level in the sport industry for the duration of the project, and both individuals and organisations must be supported by a sporting organisation that is affiliated with a National Sporting Organisation (NSO) recognised by the ASC.
      Applications will close at 4.00pm AEST on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
      For more information on the program and to apply, please visit the Women Leaders in Sport webpage on the ASC website or contact leadershipgrants@ausport.gov.au

      Fitzroy Victoria Bowls & Sports Club – Everyone Welcome

      As part of the lead up activities for the ‘Melbourne Roys’ and their challenge to this year’s Australian Premier League, the Club has come up with some novel ideas and promotions for increasing publicity for the team. The ‘Knock off the Roys’ challenge concept will see the trio of Dylan Fisher, Graeme Archer and Matt Flapper being put through a solid test against teams representing a Metropolitan All Stars Team, Regional All Stars Team, Under 18-All Stars Team and a Ladies All Star Team. Quite an all-round flavour of representative players you’d have to agree. Other activities that will be conducted include a “Toss the Blundstone Boot” closest to the jack. (Blundstone being a major sponsor of the Roys), a three legged race (wearing Blundstone Boots) and a “Beat the Oldie” (from Blue Hills Rise) closest to the jack. In what looks like being a fun night and some serious stuff as well, everyone is encouraged to make it along to Fitzroy Victoria Bowls and Sports Club, 578 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North at 6.00pm on Friday 7 November. Click here for all the details.

      BV Regulations for Attire

      Club Presidents are reminded of their responsibilities under BV Rule for Competition 1C(vii) for their Clubs compliance with the BV Regulations for Attire. A number of complaints have been made in recent times that clubs are totally disregarding both the BV Regulations for Attire and the BA Logo policy – both the Regulations/Policies are mandatory and are not optional.
      A Club after having received a warning may face having to forfeit games on appeal to the BV Metro Pennant Committee or the respective Region or Division Controlling Body for Pennant in the Country Regions. The complaints on clothing have included wearing denim jeans, non-compliant caps, non-compliant vests, leather jacket, rubber thongs, tank-tops, Doc Martin boots, and non-compliant wet weather items.
      The BV Regulations for Attire and the BA Logo policy are mandatory and not optional – Club Presidents it’s up to you to ensure compliance and please note that Umpires are not Uniform/Attire police and are not there to enforce Uniform/Attire matters – they are there to officiate on Bowls in respect of on-green Laws and Rules.

      Metro Pennant Results Check Forms

      Clubs are reminded that their senior Side Manager is required to fill-in the speed of the green on the Pennant results form (top right hand corner) where provision is made (please also record which of your greens this speed represents if you have multiple greens). This information is used by the BV Metro Pennant Committee and the BV Greens Committee to monitor and ensure compliance with the recommended green speeds for Metro Pennant of between 13-17 seconds.


      Clubs are reminded that no transferring player may be included in teams for Pennant at their new club unless BV has confirmed in writing (or by email) that their Clearance has been processed and approved. Penalties apply for breaches of this process and include a forfeit for each and every game the ineligible player(s) has participated. Please observe and comply with this requirement!

      Metro Pennant Fixture v3

      Clubs are reminded that for the purposes of identifying the correct draw for Metropolitan Pennant, Clubs should be using v3 of the BV Metro Pennant Draw. Please ensure this v3 draw is the one your fixture book is operating on. Several Clubs have not reacted to the last changes emailed to clubs on 29 August 2014 and are showing up at the wrong venue or are not showing up to play at all. After discovering an email messaging error, BV has notified all Clubs affected in a re-send of this information today. Please ensure you are operating on the correct version 3 to avoid any discrepancies.
      Any comments/questions: please email to Bowls Victoria c/o
      For further information on Bowls Victoria, please regularly go to
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