New districts a threat to clubs

BOWLERS from throughout Zone 8 (Riverina) will meet in Wagga on Saturday to vent their feelings on a report suggesting restructuring of boundaries around the state.

Men and women bowlers along with clubs throughout the Riverina are incensed by what is proposed.

It will have a dramatic impact on the region if it proceeds and bowling clubs, along with association officials, have been urged to attend the meeting at Wagga RAFC.

Zone 8 secretary Bill Spletter says the number of people unaware of the proposal is frightening.

The meeting is being held to outline what the report indicates and the action needed to advise the Royal NSW Bowling Association of objections.

Four districts within Zone 8, Albury, Wagga, Riverina and Southern Highlands, would be unaffected by the proposals.

But both Southern Slopes and South West districts would lose clubs and be left in a dire position.

The Southern Slopes would be left with only two clubs in Temora, Ariah Park and Ardlethan.

Its other clubs — Weethalle, Lake Cargelligo, Barmedman, two in West Wyalong and Ungarie —would all move north into another zone.

The South West would lose Quandialla and Bribaree to another area and apparently, unfortunately, get nothing in compensation.

It has also been suggested that the Goulburn Railway, Crookwell and Taralga clubs should come into Zone 8.

Some women bowlers affiliated with clubs in the South West have already indicated militant action if the revamp goes ahead.

They will withdraw from pennant competitions, refuse to pay affiliation fees and just play social bowls.

The same proposal has been put forward by men in Southern Slopes’ clubs.

It is hoped there will be a good response for the meeting and in the long term RNSWBA adopts a commonsense approach.

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