Reduce the excessive penalty imposed on Mentone 'Edge' Bowling Club

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Mentone 'Edge' Bowling Club has been hit with a season-ending penalty for a minor administrative error. A small, family club competing in Victoria's Premier League competition, Mentone were sitting top of the ladder but have been effectively relegated by Bowls Victoria's decision.

The club has owned up to the fact that one of its volunteers erred in failing to follow up on the status of a transfer application lodged on behalf of a returning member. For its part, Bowls Victoria - the sport's governing body in the State - and its paid staff, have failed to acknowledge their role in this unfortunate situation. The penalty handed to the club is the most extreme option available for an innocent administrative mistake, which wasn't picked up until after round 7.

Importantly, the penalty proposed by Bowls Victoria will damage the integrity of the competition by negatively affecting other clubs who have done nothing wrong.

There are options available which penalise Mentone in a manner proportionate to its conduct but do not damage the competition as a whole. For example, Mentone has suggested that a penalty be imposed to the effect that all shots scored by the rink in which the unregistered player participated be set to zero and the aggregate results be recalculated on that basis. That proposal has been rejected by Bowls Victoria and other proportionate responses have been ignored.

Mentone have notified Bowls Victoria that it formally disputes the penalty and will now meet with Bowls Victoria to attempt to reach a fair and reasonable resolution. And that is where you come in!

Please show your support for the imposition of a penalty that properly acknowledges the “severity” of Mentone’s error, rather than threatening the very future of Mentone 'Edge' Bowling Club on account of an administrative error, avoids penalising MCC, Yarraville-Footscray and Melbourne bowling clubs for their blameless conduct, and protects the integrity of the 2017-2018 Premier Division season - we need your help to make Bowls Victoria take notice and apply some common sense and fairness.



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