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BMS SATURDAY PENNANT TEAMS - 2019/20  -  My information is as follows.   Our top side will be in a Premier division with 18 scheduled rounds and only 12 bowlers. The second level of pennant will be called Division 1 (it doesn't make sense to me either !!!).     All of our division sides below Premier will have 18 scheduled rounds and 16 bowlers per division.  At this stage we should be fielding sides in Premier division, as well as divisions 2, 4,  6 and 7.

BMS FEES 2019/20  -  The Management Committee have decided to leave the fees for the coming season as agreed at the last A.G.M..  This is despite us going back to 18 rounds per season.  These fees are detailed below.  Members should have their fees paid by now.  Undoubtedly, you will make JB a happier treasurer if you can arrange fees payment as soon as possible.   Males intending to play Monday pennant will need to think seriously about paying double gold membership - if necessary, talk to the Monday selection Committee.

SELECTION COMMITTEES - UPCOMING SEASON  -   Our Monday selection committee remains unchanged as Lyn Bryce,  Rosie Hickman and Mick Hampson.  Although I have not seen a formal announcement, I understand Wally Mason is to replace Lindsay Trounce in the voted-on Saturday selection committee which now should include Roy Crawley, Graeme Inglis, John Bettles, Rob James and Wally Mason.   So these are the 8 people you should regularly smile at when you pass them by - and a nicer group of 8 members would be harder to get !!!!!!     Also a regular shout at the bar might give you some extra consideration at selection time ???

FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIALISING  AND  HOO-RAY    -   Members of both the Football/Netball Club and the Bowls Club regularly attend the weekly Members Friday Night function.   Happy Hour is from 6 till 7 pm - there is a reduced price on pots of beer. There is a members raffle and most importantly the weekly Members JACKPOT Draw. Judy Lindsay was the last winner with a big $575 return.    The Friday Members Night is an initiative of Shane Manley and the A.S.C.C - well done to them.   Those members who do attend don't only have a great night - the function regularly provides a financial dividend back to the clubs involved.  All year round, it's a great way to finish the week.  Be there or be very, very SQUARE.     .........   UPDATE -  The really good news is that the last financial year has produced a combined dividend of just over $13,000.   A great result with the beneficiaries - the clubs involved - reaping the benefits of those who do go along to provide support. Can I presume our portion is $6500??  Well done Shane !!!!

SELECTION FOR UPCOMING SEASON 2019/20   -  @ mid July - we will be playing pennant bowls in about 10 weeks - practice games about 7 weeks away !!!!! .............    Because next season's initial selection may well be more difficult than is usually the case, having a think NOW about some issues re selection might be useful.   Undoubtedly there are selection problems at the start of  all seasons.      For example, when capable bowlers join our club (from other clubs), their placement will most times mean shifting some of our current bowlers to a lower division.           There is to be a very important change for next season -  our top side will be reduced from 16 to 12 bowlers  -  four 2018/19 divvy 1 bowlers will have to be relegated from divvy 1 presumably to divvy 2 (last years divvy 3).  If we assume no other changes, then it it is likely that 4 of last seasons divvy 3 bowlers would need to be relegated down to our 3rd side (divvy 4).      This would have a "knock-on" effect through the other lower grades.      So selection at the start of this next season may be a bit tough for some of our bowlers - possibly less tough if we lose some bowlers but even tougher again if we gain bowlers from other clubs.     Holding the position in the division that each bowler had at the end of last season may not be possible for all bowlers.    To continue to hold a position in any division will require that you be regarded as in the best 16 (or 12)  bowlers available for that division.     Each of us should remember that there can only be a finite number of bowlers in each division.     To get a position in a particular division, means some other bowler doesn't get that position.      You have to be regarded as better than all other bowlers who also want that same position you want.      ..........     There is an UPSIDE to the situation we will be in -  most of our division sides should be stronger next season.

GETTING A PROMOTION   -     Continuing with selection issues,  either at the start of the season or after the start of the season, if you wish to be promoted, you have to be regarded as performing better than someone in the division you wish to be promoted to - your promotion will require one of the bowlers in that higher division to be relegated (read "dropped").   When I hear some of the comments made re selection, I am not sure all of our bowlers understand this.  One bowlers promotion requires another bowlers relegation - both of these must occur in pairs.  The task is to get the selectors to agree that you are bowling better than someone in that higher division.           When next seasons "preliminaries" get underway  (start of September?),  individual bowlers who wish to be considered for a promotion should make the selectors aware of their wish.     Your case for promotion will be advantaged by taking to the selectors reasons/evidence to support your case     As is always the case, when the selectors pick their sides at the start of next season (and each week), if you disagree with the selectors view,  meet with them to relate why you disagree and make it clear to the selectors that you want them to continue to take particular interest in your performances.  ......................   AND IF YOU ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT GETTTING A PROMOTION (OR EVEN HOLDING YOUR CURRENT POSITION),  I AM TIPPING THAT YOU WILL NOT BE DOING ANY HARM TO YOUR CAUSE IF YOU ESTABLISH A REGULAR PRACTICE ROUTINE,  ESPECIALLY AS THE SEASON DRAWS CLOSER.   

CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEES 2019 / 20 SEASON  -  The Management Committee have decided on the fees for next season.  The decision that has been made is to have a small drop in the fees (at the time of this decision, it was expected that there would only be 14 rounds per season).       The most significant change to our fees is that the club will no longer collect any green fees at all.    Members will be asked to pay a flat fee prior to the start of the season that will include an allowance for greens fees. Up till now, most members have opted to take advantage of pre-paying green fees by paying for Gold or Gold Plus Membership.         If any members need to make arrangements for "paying off" their fees, they need to speak to Treasurer John Bettles.        There is a potential problem for some members who, for whatever reason, do not intend playing a signiicant number of pennant games or don't end up playing a significant number of pennant games.   Also male members intending to play Monday pennant should think seriously about paying for Double Gold membership - have a talk to the Monday selection committee  Undoubtedly, any "teething" issues that arise will be well addressed.       The fees that have been decided upon are as follows.

GOLD Membership - Saturday OR Monday Pennant only.                             $250.

GOLD PLUS Membership - Both Saturday and Monday Pennant.                 $300.

Junior Membership .                                                                                         $25.

Social (unaffiliated) Membership - allows casual home bowling.                     $50.

(Pensioner discount  $20).

NEW CLUBHOUSE - Cameron Bryce and Craig Hurdsfield continue to represent us in developing a strategy that meets the requirements of those who decide when and if the required funds are released to start building what will eventually be premises we can use as our Bowls Club club-house.

TRY A BOWLING ARM - AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE THAT WANTS TO USE ONE.    My  opinion only but I do see bowlers whose skill level is not quite what it used to be and for most, the blame can be attributed to "old Father Time".      For some of us, the act of delivering a bowl is certainly some sort of test of some (or maybe most) of the body joints from the belly button down.     I am able to reliably relate to you that a possible way to arrest this decline in your skill level is a bowling arm. To the males in our club, forget what your testosterone is telling you.   Consider  borrowing an arm to try one out.   Remeber that arms are now available to anyone that wishes to use one - no permission/certification  is required. An indication of the benefit of an arm can be obtained by talking to other bowlers who have used one.  Our own Paddy, I am sure would only be too glad to tell you what his experience has been following trying one out. If you seriously want to trial one of the light weight DHB arms, talk to Brian Hickman.

CLUB OWNED BOWLS  -   The club would like to have details of any bowls which are still out on loan. It is believed that we have "located" almost all of the bowls that belong to the club. One of the bowls sets that has not been able to located are a size 3 set of black Dreamline bowls - the motif on the bowls is of a WW2 "bomber" type aircraft. Pass on any information to David Lindsay.         

Club Bowls Register - To borrow bowls from the club, the "on-loan" book needs to be filled in. When the bowls are returned, please have them signed back in (as having been returned).   Make sure one of the following members signs sets of bowls out and/or in  -  Dave Lindsay, Wally Mason, GI, Cameron Bryce or any other club coach.