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Clarification From the MBA

On the 8th October the Metropolitan Bowls Association (MBA) issued a memo regarding pre-season advice. The Pre-Season Advice from the MBA can be found below.

The paragraph, Appointed Club Umpires, requires clarification.

The MBA wanted to have the “umpire of the day” completely independent so that there was no conflict of Interest. The MBA realize that some clubs do not have the membership to have measurers and an independent umpire so the following now applies:

An UMPIRE can measure and that decision is FINAL, a MEASURER can measure but
their decision can be appealed against (to the Umpire)

An umpire cannot have a dual role in the following roles:
Side Manager
COVID Marshall

The above roles need to report or appeal to the Umpire and this becomes a conflict of
interest as you cannot appeal to or report to yourself.

Please contact the MBA if you have questions regarding the above.

 Pre Pennant Season Advice From The MBA

For the information of members.

The Secretary of the Metropolitan Bowls Association (MBA) has issued the following PRE-SEASON ADVICE & REMINDERS TO CLUBS FOR 2021-2022.


At the Annual General Meeting of Clubs, held on 20th August 2020 the following
proposal was adopted: –
All food served is to be individually wrapped for each bowler, be it biscuits, cake or
sandwiches. NO platters are to be provided under any circumstances. All foods
provided must be prepared by personnel using protective gloves. This proposal is still mandatory for season 2021-2022.

In regard to this part of the MBA advice, members may recall that last season some clubs offered only biscuits for the mid-game break and that sandwiches etc were required to be purchased. For those who wish to ensure they have something substantial for the mid-game break it may pay to contact the hosting club prior to the game to see whether cost free sandwiches will be offered, or alternatively, package something to take with you.

It is strongly recommended that Clubs have a Code of Conduct policy. Every Club’s
members should be aware of what is expected of them with their behavior towards
Club officials and other members whether playing at their own Club or at another Club. (A  copy of the Para Hills Bowling Club’s Code of Conduct may be found here.)

No Club, Club Official, Umpire, Side manager can agree to change any conditions of play
as outlined in the issued conditions to Clubs. Severe Fines can be incurred if the foregoing
warning is ignored.

An Umpire of the day cannot have any other role for the day. The appointed Umpire of the
day cannot be a Measurer, Side Manager, Coach or a Covid Marshall because a conflict of interest in respect of their decision making might occur. Coaches must instruct their player(s) on the Bank

As per the conditions of play, match results are due to be entered on BOWLSLINK by the set Time. Clubs that consistently do NOT comply with this rule will incur a Fines penalty.
Teams must also be entered on Bowlslink as per CoP

At the end of the minor rounds the top FOUR Clubs in each division will compete in the end of season finals program. Player qualification rules for eligibility to play in finals have been amended to make it a little fairer for players to be eligible to play.

Saturday divisions from Premier to division 5 will complete matches on the following Friday evening or at a date to be set by Match & Program. NO Wednesday incomplete matches will be restarted, the CoP rules cover how to resolve match results. Thursday incomplete matches will resume on the next Tuesday following the Thursday stoppage of play.


The Metropolitan Bowls Association (MBA) has released the Conditions of Play for the Pennant Season 2021 / 2022.

The Chair, Match and Program Committee has also advised that there have been significant changes for the coming season, mostly arising from a recent President’s meeting and from results of the MBA survey with clubs.  Others are from Match & Program Committee deliberations related to the effects of COVID 19 on last season’s bowls and the potential for a similar disruption this season.  There has also been some relocation of Rules and rewording to improve structure.

The advice from the Chair, Match and Program Committee, listing the changes, can be found here.  A complete copy of the Metropolitan Pennant Conditions of Play 2021 / 2022 can be found here.

Members are encouraged to become familiar with the changes and Conditions of Play.


The Night Owls competition for the 2021 / 2022 bowls season will commence again at the Para Hills Bowling Club with the night for the registration of teams being Tuesday 5 October 2021 at about 6.30 pm. Games start at  7.00 pm.

This very popular community activity is not to be missed. Not only does Night Owls Bowls give family and friends of all ages the chance to play semi competitively in a fun filled social atmosphere, but it is also a cheap and affordable source of exercise and entertainment that ultimately benefits all participants.

This season there will be no cost for team or individual registration. As stated, the official registration date is Tuesday 5 October 2021 at about 6.30 pm.  After registration, bowls will start at 7.00 pm. Cost for participation (after registration) is $5 per person per night.  Its never to late to join in the Night Owl competition, so if you and / or your team, are considering coming to the Para Hills Bowling Club for a game you will be most welcome.

A club uniform is NOT required. Casual clothing is fineHowever flat soled shoes are essential (no treads and no heels) or you can play in bare feet, or just socks if you wish, weather permitting. If you do not own a set of bowls then we will provide them for you to use on the night. You can make up a team of four (4), or register as a single entry and we will place you in a team.  A game will last approximately three hours. The bar will be open for business. You will be sure to enjoy this social event. SO PLAN EARLY,  Make up a team and come along with your family and friends.  Soak up the friendly atmosphere of the Para Hills Bowling Club.

If you want to get some pre-competition practice in, then feel free to partake in our Social Bowls activities that are held at the club every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon prior to the Pennant Bowls Competition. Be there at 12.00 midday to register and play with other bowlers at a cost of $5 per person. Unfortunately Social Bowls are not played during Pennant Season but the clubs synthetic green will still be available for practice if you so desire.

Please contact the Club on 8285 6744 if you require further information, or contact Daryl on 0417 806 601.  Alternatively, email the Para Hills Bowling Club on  Its never to early to get a team together.  Everyone is welcome.





Bowls Australia (BA), in consultation with the National Officiating Advisory Group (NOAG) and World Bowls (WB), has launched the latest edition of the Laws of the Sport (Crystal Mark Version 3.1). Further information, including when the Laws of the Sport of Bowls are reviewed and a link to enable the downloading of the latest version (Crystal Mark version 3.1) can be found here

The new edition, that can be purchased in Australia from Bowls Australia and the Metropolitan Bowls Association, includes updates to the Domestic Regulations (DRs) in particular DR 2; Bowls Australia Policies and; changes to the Index.

DR 2 has been rewritten to make the requirements for substitutes and replacement players simpler and more easily understood as well as some changes to maintain participation after withdrawal of players.

The new DR allows for Controlling Bodies to approve changes to the players nominated to form teams before the first round has been played.

This change will reduce the need for teams to forfeit in the first round when players who have nominated are no longer able to play.

Domestic regulations must follow the WB – Laws of the Sport and member nations are given permission to apply local domestic regulations according to Law 57.1.

Further information provided by Bowls Australia on this topic can be found here.
A copy of the updated version of “The Laws of the Sport of Bowls” (version 3.1 April 2019) can be obtained from the Para Hills Bowling Club when available.

The Metropolitan Bowls Association (MBA) have provided a completely unofficial summary of the changes made to the Laws & the Domestic Regulations. This can be found here.  The MBA also advise that no decision has yet been finalised regarding the adoption of Bowls SA Policy on Instantaneous Penalties for Pennant bowls games.”

 Instantaneous Penalties Policy

Members are advised that the Bowls SA Officiating Advisory Group and the Bowls SA Board have adopted the Bowls Australia Instantaneous Penalties Policy.  Bowls SA further advise that Clubs and Associations are encouraged to adopt this policy for their own events.  A copy of the Instantaneous Penalties Policy may be found here.



Bowls SA is committed to the safety and well-being of its members and all those who participate in the sport of lawn bowls, both players and non-players.  For that reason, Bowls SA has adopted this policy so that, as far as possible, everyone involved in bowls is free from harassment, abuse, discrimination and other unfair conduct and to promote  respectful and positive behaviour within the sport.  The policy extends to Bowls SA, Member Clubs, Affiliated Clubs, Associations and Members, as well as Bowls SA staff, officials, side managers, coaches, parents, spectators and sponsors and other organisations linked to Bowls SA.  A copy of the Member Protection Policy can be found here.


Bowls SA is conscious of its responsibility to provide direction to its Member Clubs and Associations in relation to the conduct of the game of bowls under extreme weather conditions such as heat and humidity, rain, hail, high winds and squalls, lightning and prolonged heat.  As such Bowls SA has produced the Head and Inclement Weather Policy that applies to all clubs within the Metropolitan Area. A copy of the Heat and Inclement Weather Policy adopted on the 6 August 2018 can be found here.





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