Great Sothern Bowling Association adapts to new standards

ON ITS WAY: Encounter Bay bowler Sue Riches has the right weight in the bowl to get close to the jack on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.
ON ITS WAY: Encounter Bay bowler Sue Riches has the right weight in the bowl to get close to the jack on Saturday. PHOTO: Jesse Ehlers.

Bowls Australia and Bowls SA have updated their policies for players marking 'Touchers' and footwear.

Having COVID, the direction from the authorities, when marking a 'Toucher' that only spray chalk or a chalk pen can be used.

In the past players using stick chalk would firstly lick the chalk, then mark the bowl, by holding the bowl and marking it accordingly. This is now not permitted.

Wearing incorrect footwear is a club greenkeeper's nightmare. The sharp edges on non-approved footwear cuts into the grass or synthetic greens and is very hard for the greenkeeper to maintain.

Bowls Australia has spent many hours with footwear manufacturers developing a sole that will do little or no damage to green playing surface. Just wearing a flat soled shoe is not the answer.

The biggest asset of bowling clubs are their greens and to replace can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Bowls Australia has a Footwear Policy on their website which lists the approved manufacturers and their brand names. All players currently not wearing approved footwear, should purchase a pair at their earliest.

The third round of Saturday Open Gender Pennant was played in cool weather conditions which resulted in some club greens running a little faster than normal.

Division One Strathalbyn chalked up their first win of the season with a closely fought win over Victor Harbor by 2 shots.

Rinks scores were even all afternoon, but Strath. were able to just be in front at the end of the game.

After round 2, Willunga was sitting on top of the premiership ladder and expected to win a close game against Goolwa Black. Goolwa had a 2 rink to 1 and 22 shot win over Willunga.

Playing at home Goolwa White had no answer to Encounter Bay going down 2 rinks to 1 and 8 shots.

Port Elliot secured 10 points against Yankalilla (2) at Yankalilla.

Winning 2 rinks to 1 and by 6 shots, find themselves sitting third on the premiership table after three rounds.

The division 1 premiership table has 6 teams all with 2 wins and 1 loss, only separated by 6 points.

McLaren Vale moved to the top of the table with a comfortable 23 shot win over Myponga.

Winners of the Geoff Stock Memorial Skins: John Purvis, Mick Hallion, Ken Mableson, John Koch and Rachel and Ben from Mortgage First Brokers.

Winners of the Geoff Stock Memorial Skins: John Purvis, Mick Hallion, Ken Mableson, John Koch and Rachel and Ben from Mortgage First Brokers.

Round 4 Div. 1 predictions: Myponga home to Goolwa White; visitors will need to quickly familiarise themselves with Myponga green, Goolwa White expected to win a close game.

Strathalbyn home to Goolwa Black; with a win under their belt Strathalbyn will be hard to beat at home, but Goolwa Black should win a close game.

Encounter Bay home to Yankalilla; another close game, Encounter Bay up at the end of the day. Port Elliot home to Victor Harbor; the Sea Eagles have been a bit fluttery of late and playing at home Port Elliot is expected to win.

Willunga home to McLaren Vale; the match of the round, the Vale should finish in front.

Division 2 clubs Clarendon and Langhorne Creek both lost last weekend, Clarendon away to Willunga by 5 shots and Langhorne Creek home to Goolwa by 24 shots.

Victor Harbor White is sitting on top of the premiership table in division 2 without a loss.

Thursday Women's pennants has last season's division 1 premiers Victor Harbor having a 30 shot win over Willunga and Goolwa Black reversing the results from last week beating McLaren Vale by 24 shots and capturing maximum 12 points.

Other second round winners were Port Elliot and Encounter Bay.

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