playing of all Pennant matches shall be controlled by the GDBA Match Committee.
The GDBA Match Committee shall have the power to enquire into and adjudicate on
any disputes or interpretations as may occur concerning; The Laws of the Sport
of Bowls, National Domestic Regulations, GDBA By-laws and Conditions of Play
applicable at that time are to be applied.
of the laws and/or conditions by a Club or player/s could invoke
disqualification (player), loss of points or match (Club) as determined by the
Match Committee and/or the GDBA Board with the latter being the final arbiter.
other Gateway District or affiliated club fixture shall take precedence over or
interrupt Pennant competition.
Eligibility, interchanging and declared players.
All Clubs are responsible for the eligibility of
all their players competing in the Pennant competition.
A player must be a full financial member of the GDBA
Club he is representing and is registered with Bowls QLD. Prior to the playing
of the first round of Pennants. (with the exception of condition 2.4)
No player may play Pennants for more than one Club
within the Gateway District in any calendar year.
Membership of another association:
Member/s of a Club/s in Gateway District, who holds
membership of a Club/s in another District, within Queensland, and who have
played or are playing in the current year in another District’s Pennants
competition (any Division), are not eligible to play in the Pennants
competition, in any Division controlled by Gateway District during that current
A member may belong to two or more Clubs in the
Gateway District Bowls Association’s area but will only be permitted to
represent the Club where the player first rolls a bowl in a Pennant round.
Any member transferring from another State or
District and having resigned from his former Club, is not eligible to play
Pennants unless he is in possession of the appropriate clearance and makes
application to the Gateway District Board of control.
Any member joining a GDBA Club from another State
may only represent that club in Gateway’s Pennant competition providing the
player/s has a “Pennants Only” clearance from his interstate club. Such a
player/s is not eligible to play in any other competitions controlled by the
Note: Failure to comply will invoke the same penalty.
Divisions and structure
The Match Committee shall determine the number of
Divisions and the total number of sides in each Division. Six sides shall be
consistent in divisions 1 & 2, ten sides shall be consistent in Divisions 3
to 7 where possible, governed by the number of entries received, to a maximum
of nine (9) Divisions.
Each side in a Division shall consist of three (3)
teams of four (4) players.
No Club shall have more than one side in Divisions
1 & 2 The Match Committee shall decide the number of
Divisions. Depending on the number of nominations received, a maximum of two
(2) sides per Club in Divisions other than 1 &2 is allowable.
Where a second side from the same Club is permitted
in any Division, below Division 2, through promotion/demotion or at the
discretion of the GDBA Match Committee, they shall be identified as “A” and “B” - Refer Condition 4.1 re Promotion and
Demotion of Players. Note: Byes - If
a side withdraws from the Pennant competition after the draw has been made, but
prior to the commencement of the first round and the team is not replaced, the
games concerned will be treated as byes and no points or margins awarded. Every
effort will be made to fill the vacant position. No refund of nomination fees
will be made after the draw is completed.
& Away shall be played in divisions 1 & 2.
round robin format will be played in divisions 3 to 7
c) The games
for all Divisions shall consist of 63 ends, i.e. 3 rinks each playing 21 ends.
in all round and finals games must be played in accordance with the Conditions
Committee will decide on the number of teams and Divisions based on Club
Promotions and demotions of players
A player/s may play in any Division in round play,
up to and including the fifth (5th) game of round play.
Player/s having played five (5) games in the same
Division becomes tied to that Division and cannot be demoted to a lower
Division but can be promoted at any time.
A player may be promoted to a higher Division for a
maximum of two (2) games only without affecting that player’s qualification in
a lower Division. (After 5 rounds in a particular division have been completed.)
A player promoted for more than two (2) games in a
higher Division, automatically becomes qualified in the higher Division and
cannot be demoted to the lower Division.
A player/s may be promoted to a higher Division at
any time. (including finals games)
Note: Where a Club has two sides in Divisions,
(3 to 7), interchanging of a player(s) between the “A” and “B” side shall not
be permitted. It is the Club’s responsibility to ensure that sufficient players
have qualified to play finals games. Where exceptional circumstances exist in
player/s availability, the Match Committee may authorise the use of other players
from the Club.
Play – rounds
The starting time for all Pennant matches (trial
ends completed) is 1.00pm. Changes to starting times, including special
conditions for Island Clubs, must be notified and be approved by the Match
After the allocated starting time, only thirty (30)
minutes grace is allowed for the late arrival of a side or a player in a side.
The Games Director or representative of the Host
Club shall act as the GDBA Deputy for the day, as such, can authorise the appointed
umpire to allow the match to continue as per Law 33.9 (DR2.3) – concerning
substitutes or Law 39.2.3 – incomplete sides (DR 2.5).
Trial Ends – two (2) trial ends shall be permitted.
The trial ends shall commence twenty (20) minutes prior to games scheduled
starting time and must be completed before the scheduled starting time. (Law 5)
Before the commencement of trial ends, if there is
any evidence that any player has practiced on any allocated rink on the day of
competition on which his division has been drawn to play shall be deemed
ineligible to play on that day. Practice at venues must end 30 min prior to starting
time (Law 4.3)
During each week of round play every side’s match
will attract two (2) points for a win.
A tied side’s match will attract one (1) point to
At the completion of round play the side with the
highest number of match points shall be the winner.
Note: Forfeit: In the event of a
forfeit during round play the side receiving the forfeit shall receive two (2)
match points for a win and a shot margin equal to the average of net shots
margin recorded in all matches played in that round in that Division. The team
conceding the forfeit shall receive no points and be debited with a shots
margin equal to that credited to their opponents
Player may be promoted to a higher division at any
time during finals.
No player may be demoted for finals play.
No player may play in more than one division or
side in final play.
To be eligible for final play, a player must have
played a minimum of two (2) games in the round plays of that division or two
(2) games in a lower division subject to condition 7.1.
The Post Round matches in all Divisions shall be
played on weekends following the completion of round play.
The finals for all Divisions shall consist of 63
ends, i.e. 3 rinks each playing 21 ends and must be completed.
Preference shall be given to the Saturday with
matches on neutral greens. Sunday play shall be called if deemed necessary.
The Match Committee shall endeavour to have all
finals played on the best possible greens available.
In determining the winners of each Division:
division 1 & 2 the winner of round play goes directly to the final.
b) The second (2nd.) placed side shall
play the third (3rd.) placed side.
winner of 2 & 3 shall be a finalist.
no. 1 plays the winner of 2 & 3 to determine an overall winner.
divisions (3 to 7)the 1st .placed side
shall play the 2nd. placed side. The winner
of 1 & 2 shall be a finalist. The loser of 1 and 2 plays the winner of 3 and
4 to decide the second finalist.
winner of 1 plays the winner of 3 & 4 to determine the overall winner.
two or more sides are equal in ‘total match points’ and it is necessary to
determine finals positions, then the following shall apply:
net score of shots
aggregate shots scored against shall be divided into the aggregate shots it has
scored. The side with the highest result shall be a finalist. (Law 27.4)
the event of the scores being equal at the completion of the finals match (21
ends each team), an extra end or ends shall be played by all teams in that
division to reach a decision, in which case Law 28.1 shall apply.
All players in a side shall remain at the venue where the match is in progress
until the result is determined. The side failing to observe this condition will
be disqualified unless a player is injured or sick cannot continue. Or a player
who is on call in the case of an emergency.
of the final shall be Pennant champion.
green fees for finals shall be $12.00 per player per game. (Green fees for
finals to be reviewed annually at June Council meeting)
play is subject to date change.
Movements and position of players during all games
Players will only be allowed to walk up to the head
Leads and Seconds - after the Seconds have bowled
their second bowl. (Appendix A 4 applies)
Thirds - after they have bowled their second bowl.
Skips - after every bowl.
The skip may call any player to the head at any
time if required.
Players (Laws 12 and 13):
Players at the mat end of the rink, not delivering
a bowl must stand a minimum of one (1) metre behind the mat.
Other than the member of the team directing the
head, all other players must be a minimum of two (2) metres behind the head, or
on the bank
If the umpire, either by his/her own observation or
on appeal from one of the skips, decides a player is deliberately delaying
play: (Appendix A.5 Applies)
the first occasion the umpire will warn the player.
the player commits the same offence a second time, the end will be regarded as
completed and the opponents of the offender will score as many shots as there
are bowls in use by such opponent.
the player offends the third time the game will be forfeited to the opponent.
Promotion, demotion, grading and nomination of
In divisions 1 to 2 one team may be promoted and
one team may be demoted at the discretion of the Match Committee. In Divisions
3 to 7 except the lowest Division, the two (2) lowest scoring sides may be
demoted to the next lowest Division. The two (2) Finalists in those Divisions
may be promoted to the next highest Division.
Any Club in lower than fourth place is not eligible
for promotion. Divisions (3 to 7)
Nominations accompanied by the designated
nomination fee close on the 14th May of each calendar year.
The Match Committee shall advise Clubs, through the
District Secretary of the overall results of the pennants competition by the
1st December each calendar year.
Captain/Manager of side
captain/manager of a side, appointed by their Club, shall be a full financial
member of the Club. They shall, at each Pennant game, in conjunction with the
visiting captain/manager attend to the drawing of the rinks, completion of
cards, toss for the sides possession of the mat and attend to the completion of
the Pennant result sheet, with the player’s names and initials clearly printed.
captains/managers shall ensure the trial ends (under their control and not the
umpire) are completed to allow the game to commence at the designated time. The
visiting captain should ensure that the time of arrival allows for the
completion of his duties. The Captain/Manager is the Club representative in all
matters concerning the playing of the match, subject to the duties of the
Umpire. The host club’s Captain/Manager should be in attendance at least 45
minutes before play commences.
Host Club shall provide a master scoreboard and arrange with the side
captains/managers for the score to be shown at regular intervals. Rink
scoreboards should show the “Home Side” on the left or the upper section. The
host club must arrange an umpire or measurer for each game.
result sheets with the Home side names and initials recorded on the left-hand
column shall be completed with the results clearly shown. The original shall be
faxed to the GDBA Match Committee immediately after the game. If the Club does
not have a fax the results must be phoned and a copy of the original sent to
the Match Committee. The original (or a copy thereof) can be given to the
visiting Club for their records. In the case of an unfinished match, the result
sheets must show the score and number of ends played by each team when play
stopped. The Match Committee requires the completed result sheet to verify the
scores and a record of playing positions are recorded.
host club is responsible for the notification of results to the press as soon
as possible after completion of play.
cards must be kept in the safe custody of the Club’s Games Director or
representative until the result of the Pennants round has been declared by the GDBA
Interruptions to play (Play
not commenced or commenced but not completed)
11.1 In the event of inclement weather or
any other justifiable cause should prevent the commencement of play, the games
so affected shall be deemed a tie and the points will be allocated to each
the event of a match or matches being stopped and incomplete in round
play, the match or matches being stopped shall be deemed complete if 40 ends or
more have been played – points to be awarded on a win/loss basis.
11.3 If a
match or matches are stopped and cannot be rescheduled in round play
with less than the 40 ends played by the sides affected then the overall result
shall be deemed a tie and points awarded evenly.
the event that all matches in a round are cancelled then zero (0) points
will be allocated to all teams.
after the game has commenced due to excessive weather conditions.
appeal to the Umpire/Managers will liaise with the host club deputy to decide
the action required.
host club has the right to stop any game if they consider it is being played in
persistent Adverse Weather Conditions. Consider damage to greens etc. The
wellbeing of players on each side must be a priority. Duty of care)
Where individual matches in round play are
cancelled, the Match Committee may permit such games to be replayed subject to
the agreement of both clubs involved. These games must be completed prior to
the commencement of finals.
the game is stopped for any reason and 40 ends have been completed the game is
regarded as played, the winning side will be awarded (2) points.
less than 40 Ends are completed a catch-up game shall be played at the end of
the competition if the result of such game could effect the final result. Match Committee will
determine if a catch-up game is necessary. Law 32.1.
result sheet must be completed and faxed to Match Committee.
the event of inclement weather prevailing, prior to the scheduled starting
time, the Host Club’s Greens Director or delegated official, shall declare the
fitness of the green of play, no later than 11.30am but not before 10.30am.
(Notify Match Committee if greens are not available.)
12.4 If a game is cancelled by Match Committee due
to weather conditions all games will cease on that day. (Refer to 11. 1)
12.5 Appeals due to inclement weather; if a match
is abandoned due to extreme weather conditions (see the Bowls Queensland’s
extreme weather policy) Clubs will score one (1) point each or complete the
game if agreeable. Game must be
completed before the finals begin. (13. 1.3)
stop play owing to inclement weather condition, an appeal to the umpire who
will discuss the problem with the Games Director and Managers concerned to determine
what action is required.
appeal upheld by the umpire from the Clubs delegated Official shall affect all
inclement weather interrupts any match, it may be completed at the discretion
of the Match Committee.
In the event of thunder and
lightning the umpire will stop all play until the storm has passed.
Pennant players must be dressed in the correct attire to comply with GDBA
By-laws and Conditions of Play.
coloured shirts registered with and approved by the GDBA shall be worn and must
bear the B.A. logo.
members of a side shall wear trousers or shorts that are the same colour and
design. (white and cream are deemed the same colour).
members of a side must be similarly dressed in the GDBA registered club attire.
Mufti clothing and mufti headwear is not permitted. Reports of
failure to do shall bring about disciplinary action against the player or Club
with the maximum penalty imposed being a forfeit for a side.
date of commencement of the Pennant season shall be no later than the last
Saturday in July each year. Arrangement of play will be determined by the Match
entry fee for each Pennant side shall be determined at the September GDBA Board
meeting each calendar year.
14.3 Round Play -
All green fees for round play shall be paid to the players own Club.
14.4 All finals –
All green fees - See Rule 7.13
of National Accredited Umpires/Measurers: The Host Club Games Director or
Representative is responsible for the provision of a National Accredited
Umpire/Measurer whose name shall be announced before play commences, Law 43.
Should a Club not be able to supply an Umpire/Measurer, they should contact
other Clubs for assistance or the District Umpires Committee.
DURING MATCH. Any accredited coach must inform the umpire of his name and the
player he intends to coach, 30 minutes prior to the start of the match.
male bowlers who are financial members of an affiliated GDBA Club and
registered with BQ. Are permitted to play Pennant matches. A Parent or Guardian
must accompany a junior, except when a Registered Blue Card Holder accepts
personal responsibility for a specific junior bowler for that game.
comply with no smoking regulation player are to ensure that they are aware of
the smoke DSOA & NOSA.at the respective venues.
use of electronic receiving devices by players and spectators - e.g. Mobile
telephones, radios, paging devices – are not permitted within 6 metres of the
green during play. (This does not apply to “on call” emergency personnel. The
person must notify the umpire before start of play).
side using temporary adhesive markings is required to have them all marked in
the same manner on all bowls in use by every member of the side. (a large ring
and small dot) Law 52 1.8 & DR. 4.7 Refer.
tea – No afternoon-tea break shall be taken. Host Clubs may provide
refreshments at the end of play.
are to make their best greens and rinks available for Pennant play. Clubs are
required to provide the best “speed of the green” allowable for weather
of greens to be not less than 4.6 m and not more than 5.8 m (Law 49.1.2)
lighting is permissible on covered synthetic greens. Artificial lighting on
uncovered greens may be used to assist in the completion of rounds.
Clubs shall have their green(s) Available 1 hour before the allocated
possible, social play should not be played on the same green as a Pennant
round. In the event this is necessary a buffer of one (1) rink must be
maintained between the two events.
Division one: Purple
Division four: Green
Division seven: Mid Brown
Division two: Navy
Division five: Gold
Division eight: Maroon
Division three: Red
Division six: Light Blue
Division nine: White
The GDBA shall award a Pennant
flag to each Club winning a Division, according to the colour grading in clause
16 and a badge to each of sixteen (16) players for each Division, as determined
by the winning Club.