BOWLS: Age is a barrier to the under 60s

Chloe Brett in action.
Chloe Brett in action.
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A proposal to make the Peterborough League’s Club 60 competition open to all ages was overwhelmingly defeated at the annual general meeting held at the Peterborough & District club.

The suggestion was based on enabling bowlers unable to play in the evening midweek league for whatever reason the opportunity to play competitive bowls during the day, with an additional element questioning whether an age group competition was in breach of any discrimination regulations.

As there were age group competitions in most other sports, there appeared to be no grounds for concern over any breaches of discrimination, and it was soon evident that the proposal had little or no support so therefore the Tuesday afternoon league will continue to be the sole preserve of the sixty and over contingent of bowlers, as it has been since its introduction back in 2002.

A proposal that did divide opinion amongst the management committee and the delegates sought to remove a rule, only introduced last year, that enables clubs bringing forward fixtures without penalty was defeated by the narrowest of margins.

It means that clubs who are granted permission by their opponents to bring forward fixtures will continue to avoid a five-point deduction and £10 fine which applies if a fixture is pushed back to a later date for reasons other than green/weather conditions or ‘exceptional circumstances’, for example, a funeral affecting the club in question.

It was argued that moving a fixture in either direction should receive the same penalty, as in most cases the reason surrounded team raising problems, but it was pointed out that only four matches were brought forward last season and that clubs still retained the option to refuse any requests to move fixtures.

It was also agreed that E-cigarettes would be added to the existing ‘no smoking’ ban on the green in all matches under the control of the Peterborough League; in the case of abandoned matches, the result will stand if two thirds of the match has been completed by all three rinks, otherwise it will be declared null and void, and the penalty for fielding an unregistered or ineligible player has been reduced from ten points to five, plus a £10 fine, as it was felt the initial punishment was too harsh considering that in the vast majority of cases it was down to an oversight or communication breakdown within the clubs as opposed to ‘pulling a fast one’.

Jean Redhead (Whittlesey Town) was installed as the new league president, receiving the chain of office from outgoing president Melvyn Beck (Whittlesey Manor).

All the officers and management committee were re-elected, with the exception of Wilf Redhead, who decided not to seek re-election after serving two years on the administration side first as president and then immediate past president.

Treasurer Andy Cox reported that the league made a surplus for the year of £504.33, but the presentation evening sustained a deficit of £231.75, meaning total assets now stood at £5,433, an increase of £272.41.

League officials: President, Jean Redhead; immediate past president, Melvyn Beck; chairman, Peter Cooke; vice-chairman, Terry Corney; secretary, Martin Garfield; treasurer, Andy Cox; fixture secretary, Tony Coe; committee members, Jeff Clipston, Margaret Hadnam, Derrick Reedman.

THE Peterborough men’s senior team suffered only their second league defeat of the season in the Cambs League when beaten 56-73 by St Neots A.


Peterborough 56 (4), St Neots A 73 (6) – (Peterborough rinks only):

Dave Smith, Pete Harvey, Joe Martin, Dick Noble won 20-17.

Mick Fuller, Terry Corney, Don Sutton, Wilf Redhead won 18-17.

Les Sharp, Richard Day, Phil Afford, Mick Linnell lost 10-16.

Dick Overson, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe lost 8-23.

ENGLAND selections for the Yaxley-based Brett family with world number one Nicky retaining his place in the England indoor team for the British Isles series at Llanelli from March 17-19, while teenage daughter Chloe, along with another Hunts youngster in Harry Ward, have been selected for the Bowls England Academy weekend being staged at Leamington at the end of May.