It’s no secret that several of our pennant bowlers from last season have moved on for various reasons. All have departed on good terms and with our thanks and best wishes.
Mitch Cranswick and David Downey will now play in Premier Division for South Perth BC.
Vincent Santostefano and Bill Owen will also play at the South Perth BC.
Brian Wright will play closer to home at the Manning Bowling Club.
Beau McGrechan has moved to Yokine, and will play at the Yokine BC.
Marlene Yates and John Williams will stay closer to home at the Gosnells BC.
Apart from the above confirmed losses, several other players have indicated to me that they may be unavailable to play pennants at various stages and for a range of reasons. As the Club Captain this situation has dictated that I review the club’s position with regards to the club’s representation in both the Saturday and Thursday Bowls WA Pennant Competitions.
Bowls WA contacted me and required a submission regarding our pennant entitlements for the coming season by close of business Monday 17 September 2018.
In response to the above I have had to ‘crunch the numbers’ to ascertain exactly who is still available for the coming bowls season. Secondly, I made approaches to possible players who didn’t play with us last season. I also took the opportunity to listen to various opinions regarding the best way forward, given the projected circumstances.
I take this opportunity to thank everyone who spoke candidly with me about their personal situation and who expressed their opinion. Unfortunately, some past players didn’t respond to my approaches. The situation was dealt a further blow when neither Michael Yates or Mark Lindsay were able to commit to playing pennants for Claremont in the coming season.
It was very evident to me that as a club we simply didn’t have the numbers to field a pennant side in any division requiring four rinks. i.e. higher than 5th Division for Saturday.
At midday on Monday 17 September 2018, I presented the above situation and my recommendation to the club President, Ian White, and Club Secretary, Chris Litchfield. Neither could offer an alternative course of action to the one I recommended under the circumstances.
As a result, for the forthcoming pennant season, the Claremont Bowling Club has requested the following entitlements from Bowls WA:
1 x 5th Division allocation for Saturday
1 x 4th Division allocation for Thursday.
I will assume the duties of Club Selector for the coming season and look forward to us all having an enjoyable season on the greens, and in representing the Claremont Bowling Club with pride.