The match committee had its first meeting on the 1/6/17 and selected Gordon Lowing as the chairman of selectors for the coming season. He leads the intrepid band of Greg Hogan, Ron Jackson, Grahame Fraser and Sean Ingram who intend to take all before them in 2017-18. The four teams will be in Premier Division, Division 2, Division 4 and Division 5.
In the Sandbelt region there has been a 9.6% drop in membership over the last three years. Average membership of the 42 clubs in the region last season was 86.9 Bowls Vic members. Melbourne was slightly above this.
We currently hold the State and metropolitan pennant titles but need to make it our aim to be at least 20% above the Sandbelt average for Bowls Vic members. That means the target is at least 105 bowling members for the 2017-18 season.
It is a conundrum that although huge numbers have now experienced bowls through the barefoot ‘Cracker Jack’ experience competitive bowls is shrinking. The match committee and board encourages everyone to make it their priority to buck the overall trend.