Newsletter November 2015

24 NOV 2015 | BY DAVID

For Arm Bowlers and supporters with a smart phone, tablet or similar device, all correspondence and information from the Maroon Arm Bowlers is now available in an App – download “Team App” from the App Store or similar. Once in the App, search for Maroon Arm Bowlers and complete the registration details. Alternatively, anyone can go on line to our website to access the documentation. This is still a “works in progress” as we learn how to manage the app, add new documents and the like. Any suggestions for improvement will be welcome. Remember, if you need information, check the app or website first.
The Maroon Arm Bowlers conducted their first Arm Bowlers Pairs Medley at Musgrave Hill on the 23rd of October 2016. 26 teams competed over 3 games during the morning. The winning pair with 3 wins and 9 shots up was Frank Farrall and Graeme French while the runners up with 3 wins and 8 shots up were Alan Pannett and David Johnson. Best first game winners with 7 shots up was Col Schmidt and Grahame Merrick; best 2nd game winners with 16 shots up was Michael Franjic and Rifet Cooper; 3rd game winners with 24 shots up was Andrew Orr and Mick Thorne. Thanks to Musgrave Hill for their generous sponsorship.
Kawana Bowls Club held their first Arm Bowlers Tournament on Sunday the 22nd of November 2015. Twenty teams competed for over $500 in prize money. After three and a half hours of bowling the team of Cheryl Hutchinson and Jim Merrick emerged as the overall winners with Arthur Collins and Roy Nuttall close behind. The best first game was taken out by Tony Watson and Ross Knight with 15 shot s up while Bill Roberts and John Amos had the highest winning margin of 17 shots in the second game. Thanks to Club Kawana and Dicky Beach Meats for their generous
sponsorship. Local raffle prizes donated by Club Kawana and Kawana Waters Hotel enabled $300 to be raised on the day for the Maroon Arm Bowlers
Pine Rivers Bowling Club is hosting the next Pairs Day for Arm Bowlers on Monday the 30th of November from 10am. The later start will allow visiting teams to miss the morning and evening rush hour traffic. There is still time to enter a team or single but you need to contact Ian Rowan on 0422 579 422 or email to now.
The Helensvale Bowls Club is hosting a 3 game pairs medley for Arm Bowlers on Thursday the 17th of December – registration from 8:30am, rollup at 8:50, play commences at 9:00am. $18 includes a BBQ lunch. Team or single entries to David Johnson by email to or call mobile 0407 412 994
Thursday 25th of February 2016 – Tweed Heads Bowls Club will be hosting an Arm Bowlers Tournament
Sunday 10th April 2016 – Ipswich Bowls Club will be hosting an Arm Bowlers Triples Tournament
Fri 29th April 2016 – Gold Coast-Tweed District will host a 5-A-Side Arm Bowlers Tournament using Nationals format
There has been a misunderstanding in relation to the dates of the 2016 National Championships. They will be held at Broadbeach Bowls Club from the 5th to the 7th of September 2016. Sunday the 4th of September will be an official practice day. Each State will compete against another State on each day. There are 15 players in each State Team plus 2 or 3 reserves which can be interchanged as required. 3 rinks of fours and 3 singles will compete each morning followed by 3 rinks of triples and 3 rinks of pairs in the afternoon.
The selection process for the team to represent Queensland is underway. Results from Arm Bowlers Tournaments at Musgrave Hill, Kawana, Pine Rivers and Helensvale are being collated and combined with individual performances at the Selection Trials held after the Tournaments. Arm Bowlers seeking selection are encouraged to complete the Expression of Interest form, now available on the app or website.
Close examination of the Bowls Australia Policy for Artificial Devices reveals that modification to Bowling Arms requires approval from Bowls Australia. Bowlers found to have modified their device without approval can be penalised. If you have made a any modification to your bowling arm, speak to your Club Secretary about the process for gaining approval from BA.
Bowlers and Clubs are reminded BA Policy for Artificial Devices requires anyone needing to use an Artificial Device (Bowling Arm) to apply in writing to their governing State Body. A Medical Certificate stating that the applicant requires an Artificial Device to continue to play Lawn Bowls must accompany the application. The Policy states that anyone using a bowlers arm without approval becomes a defaulting player as per law 1.3.3 and will forfeit the game.
In fairness to all bowlers, Club Secretaries and Games Directors are requested to ensure their members using a Bowling Arm have been approved.
Membership of the Maroon Arm Bowlers is free and we are rapidly approaching the first 100 registered members. Registered Members receive flyers and newsletters to keep them informed of developments in the world of Arm Bowling. To become a Registered Member of the Maroon Arm Bowlers Association email your expression of interest to or call 0407 412 994.
CLUB SECRETARIES Please provide a copy of this newsletter to your Arm Bowler members.