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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.



Trials held prior to the 2021 / 2022 Pennant Season will be on the following dates ;

Wednesday 8 September 2021, Saturday 11 September 2021, Wednesday 15 September 2021, Saturday18 September 2021, Wednesday 22 September 2021, Saturday 25 September 2021, Wednesday 29 September 2021, Saturday 2 October 2021, Wednesday 6 October 2021 and Saturday 9 October 2021.

Two trial matches against the Playford Bowling Club have been arranged. One for Saturday 11 September 2021 to be played at the Playford BC and another to be held on Saturday 25 September 2021 to be played at Para Hills BC.

One other trial match to be played against the Penfield BC has also been arranged for Saturday 18 September 2021 to be played at the Para Hills BC.

Saturday 9 October 2021 will be the day on which the official opening of the greens will take place.

Further details will be provided when the matters are finalised.  However, members who are unable to bowl on any of the Trial Dates are requested to enter their names on the “Not Available For Trials” sheets located at the club.



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.

Calendar for Metropolitan Pennants for season 2021/22

The Metropolitan Bowls Association has released the Calendar for the 2021 / 2022 season.  A copy of the calendar may be found here.

The Chair, Match and Program Committee, has requested that members please note the following;

• The season will start slightly later this season as the Australian Sides and Senior Sides Championships are being held in early October;
• The first round of pennants will be played on Wednesday October 13th, Saturday October 16th and Thursday October 21st 2021;
• All 3 competitions will have a 3 week break over Christmas with the last game played on Saturday 11th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of December 2021;
• Matches will re-commence on Saturday 8th, Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th of January 2022;
• There will be no Wednesday matches on January 26th (Australia Day) and February 2nd (Men’s Country Carnival);
• Finals will be played over 3 weeks with Grand Finals to be played on Saturday 26th March, Thursday 31st March and Wednesday 6th April.

Side nomination forms will be sent to Clubs in the next few weeks.

The Conditions of Play for the coming season will be released in late August/early September.

If there are any questions regarding the calendar, please contact Match & Program (



Bowls Australia have updated their Instantaneous Penalty and Personal Electronic and Communication Devices Policies. Please read the updated policies below:

View the Instantaneous Penalties document here
View the Personal Electronic & Communication Devices Policy here


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.

Changes to Artificial Devices Policy

Bowls Australia’s (BA) Board has signalled an impending change to the national Artificial Devices Policy, pertaining specifically to the use of bowlers arms.

The revised Artificial Devices Policy, which will come into effect from May 1, 2019, has removed the existing  stipulation that players need to have received approval from the State/Territory Association to use a bowlers arm, and also removes the need for a medical certificate to use a bowlers arm.

A copy of the new Artificial Devices Policy which, as stated, comes into effect on the 1 May 2019 addresses Wheelchairs, Walkers and Bowling Arms, can 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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