Bowls WA Restructure: Has it any positive outcomes?

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The proposed Bowls WA Metropolitan Pennant Restructure (2017-18) aims to stop the decline in bowling participant numbers and hopes to attract new bowlers in their proposed triples format. Indications from other interested bowling members over the last 12 months believe that the restructure will not achieve the proposed outcomes. Also, with regard to the fixturing of the break in the Pennant season over the Christmas period, and the proposed triples competition, will most certainly lead to people leaving the game. The structure itself is not user friendly in the way that different formats for promotion and play-offs vary for different divisions and competitions. For example, one proposal with the new first division being four equal colours of 8 teams, there are 32 clubs/teams vying for only two positions in Premier League. No automatic promotions in this situation, where as other divisions do have automatic promotions.

As clubs rely on Pennants for their Summer income, reducing the pennant season may impact on their financial bottom line. There is some support for a 14-game season but not in the proposed format of the long break over the Christmas period.

To enable this decision to be revisited, we need to achieve 15% of member clubs (including Country Clubs) to sign this petition, to take a notice of motion to the AGM or Special General Meeting. The notice of motion is to change the proposed format back to the original 10-team structure. With some results of this years finals format allowing for normal promotion and relegation positions to be filled.

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