The easing of the COVID lockdown restrictions appeared to be the lawn bowls panacea for which we had been waiting. However, the array of confusion and conflicting advice and interpretations received across a number of government departments and national and state governing bodies has resulted in a limited return to activity on our greens.
Clarification is anticipated in the near future and once we get the green light, we have an outline plan to get straight back into action. Approval for the return to social bowls and club championships may happen with little or no notice and we intend to advise members through a combination of emails, sms text messages, phone calls and if all that fails, Chinese whispers through word of mouth. In fact, approval may have already been granted prior to publication of this article.
However, at the moment we are limited to daily roll-ups commencing at 10am. All participants must sign into the club prior to beginning and we have imposed a four bowler per rink and twenty bowler per green limit with the usual physical distancing, hand sanitising and equipment cleaning protocols remaining in place.
Hopefully next week we will be back to reporting results and detailing the club championship matchups for the following week. Consistent with previous advice, the initial club championship to be contested will be the completion of the men’s Minor Pairs semi-finals and final. The semi-finals will feature Keith Smith and Len Yeomans up against Rod Berry and Peter Retallack, while Bob and Chris Gunning will test their combined skills against Jack Atherton and Paul Conley.
The subsequent compressed bowls calendar for the remainder of the year will be made available as soon as possible and members are requested to monitor the bowls noticeboard for details which would have undoubtedly changed from the pre-lockdown schedule.
Prominent performance improvement specialist and author of many publications on organisational change and change management, Duke Rohe once said, “Never cut short you’re waiting with compromise. Simply put, the waiting is not over until the waiting is done’.
Please continue to do the right thing, observe restrictions, get vaccinated, stay safe and we will all be back on the greens enjoying a game of bowls and each other’s company in the near future.