The Bionic Bowler (Ian Rowan) wrote an article about dumping bowls in the last Bowls Plus and we’ve received numerous comments.
Ian wrote about Bowls Australia and Bowls Queensland issuing a strong reminder to all bowlers about their Greens Protection Policy or “No Dumping” Policy and pointed out that his club, North Mackay Bowls Club, recently spent $500,000 for new carpet playing surfaces for eight rinks.
The club is using the new carpets to serve as a reminder to dumping culprits by serving warnings and finally, a ban on players who continue to dump their bowls.
While many clubs have dumping bowlers, some of these players may have physical limitations which might be helped by switching to a bowling arm. However, arm bowlers can also be dumping culprits due to an early or late release from the arm.
Ian called on all fair-minded bowlers, with or without arms to have a quiet word with the “dumpers” in their club and protect our precious playing surfaces.
Here are some of the comments/letters received:
“Most arm bowlers I’ve seen are careful when they first use the arm, but I have seen a few drops from a height and I’m sure that would have damaged the green.”
“I’d be annoyed if a bowler had a ‘quiet word’ with me!”
“Good. Some people don’t care about what happens to our green. The barefoot bowlers are the worst.”
“This is exactly the reason why people don’t want to play bowls anymore. People getting all high and mighty about others just having fun. Stay old and watch your clubs disappear, which they will if you old people continue to have these petty rules.”
“We at the Lyrup bowling club adopted the Bowls SA policy about dumping. You would be amazed at the damage caused by a bowl dumped above 30cm (1 foot in the old measurement). It frustrates me the amount of people that take their bowls out of their bags and throw them onto the green from the bank!”
“I agree. However, getting bowlers to use a bowling arm is like trying to get blood out of stone. And when you succeed in getting a bowler to use a bowling arm, they are called cheats, especially when they beat an able body person. I love it when a bowler takes up a bowling arm in order to keep bowling.”
“Way to go driving more people away from bowls clubs.”
“Finally someone is doing something about this. People won’t listen unless there is a consequence. Let’s look after our greens!”
“LOL I can see all the bowlers spying on others waiting for someone to drop their bowl, just so they can dob them in.”