The Macquarie Bogan District Bowling Association (MBDBA) has battened down the hatches in preparation for a fight that may spell the end of the association.
The MBDBA has been fighting for years to prevent the Royal NSW Bowling Association into forcing its members to travel to Bourke and Cobar to play pennant bowls, the cornerstone of bowls throughout the nation.
Currently the MBDBA plays pennants among its member clubs at Nyngan, Warren, Trangie and Tottenham.
However during the half-yearly general meeting of Zone 4 it was confirmed by zone president John Roberts that if member clubs of the MBDBA wished to play pennants they would have to travel and play against Cobar and Bourke sides.
He also stated that this was the only way pennants would be played in the MBDBA.
Already travelling further than most other bowlers in the State, members of the MBDBA would be faced with travelling up to three hours and nearly 300 kilometres each way if they were to play in the pennant competition.
District secretary John Chalker has confirmed that out of 254 registered bowling members in the MBDBA, three people had expressed interest in the proposal and 171 had voted against any such move.
He also confirmed that after many letters to State president Ned London he was dismayed at the possibility that he could not represent his club in a competition he has played in for 20 years.
He was also concerned that the many new bowlers to his district could not experience the thrill of participating in the competition.
All is not lost for the district yet though, with appeals to be lodged against the decision.
John Chalker confirmed that it was the district’s view that the decision was not constitutional and that they planned to fight until the last dollar was spent.
He also said that the district would be running its own competition.
The Royal NSW Bowling Association has decided the MBDBA will be banned for two years from playing pennants if it doesn’t comply with the directive to play in an expanded geographic area.
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