Effective from 7th. July 2018

1 Authority

1.1.       The 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.

1.2.       Infringement 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.

1.3.       No other Gateway District or affiliated club fixture shall take precedence over or interrupt Pennant competition.

2        Eligibility, interchanging and declared players.

2.1         All Clubs are responsible for the eligibility of all their players competing in the Pennant competition.

2.2         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)

2.3         No player may play Pennants for more than one Club within the Gateway District in any calendar year.

2.4         Membership of another association:

2.4.1          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 year.

2.4.2          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.

2.4.3          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.

2.4.4          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 Gateway District.

Note: Failure to comply will invoke the same penalty.

3        Divisions and structure

3.1         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.

3.2         Each side in a Division shall consist of three (3) teams of four (4) players.

3.3         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.

3.4         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.


a)      Home & Away shall be played in divisions 1 & 2.

b)      A 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.

d)      Play in all round and finals games must be played in accordance with the Conditions of Play.

e)      Match Committee will decide on the number of teams and Divisions based on Club nominations.

4        Promotions and demotions of players

4.1         A player/s may play in any Division in round play, up to and including the fifth (5th) game of round play.

4.2         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.

4.3         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.)

4.4         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.

4.5         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.

5        Play – rounds


5.1         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 Committee.

5.2         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.

5.3         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).

5.4         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)

5.5         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)

6        Round scoring

6.1         During each week of round play every side’s match will attract two (2) points for a win.

6.2         A tied side’s match will attract one (1) point to each side.

6.3         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

7        Finals

7.1         Player may be promoted to a higher division at any time during finals.

7.2         No player may be demoted for finals play.

7.3         No player may play in more than one division or side in final play.

7.4         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.

7.5         The Post Round matches in all Divisions shall be played on weekends following the completion of round play.

7.6         The finals for all Divisions shall consist of 63 ends, i.e. 3 rinks each playing 21 ends and must be completed.

7.7         Preference shall be given to the Saturday with matches on neutral greens. Sunday play shall be called if deemed necessary.

7.8         The Match Committee shall endeavour to have all finals played on the best possible greens available.

7.9         In determining the winners of each Division:

a)      In 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.

c)       The winner of 2 & 3 shall be a finalist.

d)      Team no. 1 plays the winner of 2 & 3 to determine an overall winner.

e)      In 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.

f)       The winner of 1 plays the winner of 3 & 4 to determine the overall winner.

7.10      Where two or more sides are equal in ‘total match points’ and it is necessary to determine finals positions, then the following shall apply:

a)      Total Match Points

b)      Highest net score of shots

c)       The 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)

d)      In 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.

7.11      Forfeit: 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.

7.12      Winners of the final shall be Pennant champion.

7.13      All green fees for finals shall be $12.00 per player per game. (Green fees for finals to be reviewed annually at June Council meeting)

7.14      Finals play is subject to date change.

8        Movements and position of players during all games

8.1         Players will only be allowed to walk up to the head as follows:

8.1.1          Leads and Seconds - after the Seconds have bowled their second bowl. (Appendix A 4 applies)

8.1.2          Thirds - after they have bowled their second bowl.

8.1.3          Skips - after every bowl.

8.1.4          The skip may call any player to the head at any time if required.

8.2         Position of Players (Laws 12 and 13):

8.2.1          Players at the mat end of the rink, not delivering a bowl must stand a minimum of one (1) metre behind the mat.

8.2.2          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

8.3         Delayed play

8.3.1          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)

a)      On the first occasion the umpire will warn the player.

b)      If 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.

c)       If the player offends the third time the game will be forfeited to the opponent.

9        Promotion, demotion, grading and nomination of clubs

9.1         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.

9.2         Any Club in lower than fourth place is not eligible for promotion. Divisions (3 to 7)

9.3         Nominations accompanied by the designated nomination fee close on the 14th May of each calendar year.

9.4         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.

10    Captain/Manager of side

10.1      The 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.

10.2      The 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.

10.3      The 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.

10.4      The 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.

10.5      The host club is responsible for the notification of results to the press as soon as possible after completion of play.

10.6      All 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 Match Committee.

11    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 side.

11.2      In 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.

11.4      In the event that all matches in a round are cancelled then zero (0) points will be allocated to all teams.

11.5      Stoppages after the game has commenced due to excessive weather conditions.

a)      An appeal to the Umpire/Managers will liaise with the host club deputy to decide the action required.

b)      The 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)

11.6      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.

12    Inclement weather

12.1      If 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.

12.2      If 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.

Note: Pennant result sheet must be completed and faxed to Match Committee.

12.3      In 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)

12.6      To 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.

12.7      An appeal upheld by the umpire from the Clubs delegated Official shall affect all rinks.

12.8      If inclement weather interrupts any match, it may be completed at the discretion of the Match Committee.

12.9    In the event of thunder and lightning the umpire will stop all play until the storm has passed.

13    Attire

13.1      All Pennant players must be dressed in the correct attire to comply with GDBA By-laws and Conditions of Play.

13.2      Club coloured shirts registered with and approved by the GDBA shall be worn and must bear the B.A. logo.

13.3      All members of a side shall wear trousers or shorts that are the same colour and design. (white and cream are deemed the same colour).

13.4      ALL 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.

14    Miscellaneous items

14.1      The 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 Committee.

14.2      The 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

14.5      Provision 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.

14.6      COACHING 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.

14.7      Junior 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.

14.8      To comply with no smoking regulation player are to ensure that they are aware of the smoke DSOA & the respective venues.

14.9      The 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).

14.10  Any 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.

14.11  Afternoon tea – No afternoon-tea break shall be taken. Host Clubs may provide refreshments at the end of play.

15    Greens

15.1      Clubs 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 conditions.

15.2      Width of greens to be not less than 4.6 m and not more than 5.8 m (Law 49.1.2)

15.3      Artificial lighting is permissible on covered synthetic greens. Artificial lighting on uncovered greens may be used to assist in the completion of rounds.

15.4      Host Clubs shall have their green(s) Available 1 hour before the allocated commencement times.

15.5      Where 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.

16    Pennant Colours

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


17    Awards

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.