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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
Bowls In Focus 43 April Specials 914A Doncaster Rd East Doncaster VIC 3109 Ph:(03) 9848-7387 www ortinggear.com.au Christmas Win a bowls 09 competition winner Dennis Clark from Donvale Doncaster Sporting Gear Every shoe purchased free pair of anklet and sock worth $20. urch y owls and get a bag half price (excludes comfit pro) Purchase any piece of clothing and get the 2nd one half price Understanding The Laws Completing A Pennant Match This article is written with the approval of Bob Hough and Alan Patten, presidents of the Carrum and Hampton Bowling Clubs respectively, and the intention is not to castigate any player or official but to highlight how easy mistakes can be made and results affected by the lack of knowl- edge of the Laws of the Sport and the Rules for Competition. The situation occurred in a Divi- sion 4 round of pennant involving home side Carrum and visiting side Hampton, when a sudden downpour of rain interrupted play at approxi- mately 5.05pm with a total of 90-ends having already been played with Carrum ahead on all rinks and 39 shots-up. Such was the ferocity of the rain that most players were soaked while attempting to get under cover away from the storm; immediately players started talking amongst themselves (how unusual?) and someone proclaimed that: 'With so many ends completed the match could be con- sidered as a win to Carrum', a deci- sion both team managers seemed to accept without any consultation with the umpire of the day. The visiting team members went home to change while the home side exchanged 'pats on the back' for their win. The story changed course when the Hampton manager returned to his club and explained what had taken place. Immediately the Law books were out and on the following Mon- day morning a phone call was made to the Match Committee protesting the result, as the full 100-ends had not been completed, and a forfeit was not conceded. A check of the team sheet submit- ted showed that Carrum had won with 18 points and 39 shots-up. An ensuing investigation found that the match had not been completed, and the Match Committee declared the game as abandoned and the points allocated to each side in accordance with the Rules. The Carrum Club immediately pro- tested claiming that they had clearly won on the ends played and that the Hampton players had accepted their defeat. As the storm only lasted for 10 minutes the 10-ends still to be played could have been completed by 6.30 pm. Now, let's look at the Rules for Competition in regard to Metropoli- tan pennant: Rule 10D states: Each match will consist of 25-ends per rink, They Were Not Completed. Rule 10E (d): Not withstanding Rule 10E(i), if play for the day has commenced and subsequently (i) due to consideration of the weather one side wishes to leave the green, but the other does not, neither side can leave the vicinity of the green and the Umpire will resolve the dispute, (ii) (a) the umpire on his own observation or on appeal by the Managers will decide whether or not to resume. The Umpire Was Not Consulted. Law 56.2 •5 states: The umpire should make sure that all aspects of play are in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls. The Umpire Did Not Get Involved. An appeal date was fixed, howev- er, as neither manager or the Umpire were able to attend on the scheduled date the appeal was dismissed, leav- ing both Clubs to share the allocated points. In considering the decision it must be remembered that not only were these two clubs seeking points, but the other eight sides in the Section may or may not have benefited from the result submitted to the Match Committee. The decisions made by the Ap- peals Committee are made with due respect for the Laws and with a good deal of commonsense, but someone always seems to suffer from whatever decision is given. In conclusion, what must be learned from this incident is that the club, and in particular the selectors who choose each Side Manager, must ensure that they are aware of the relevant Laws, Rules and Conditions of Play to make the cor- rect decisions - if in doubt they (the managers) should refer to the Umpire who, in this case, should have been more assertive in his role.
Bowls In Focus May 2010