CONDITIONS OF PLAY – PENNANTS.
(GDBA EFFECTIVE 1/1/21)
1.1. The playing of pennant matches shall
be controlled by the GDBA Match Committee, who 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 the time. The host Club will act as the
controlling body on the day of the match.
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 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 the pennant
Eligibility, Interchanging and declared players.
2.1 All Clubs are responsible for the
eligibility of all their players competing in the pennant
2.2. A player must be a full financial member
of the GDBA Club he is representing and is
registered with Bowls Queensland prior to the playing of the first round
(with the exception of condition 2.4).
2.3. No player may play pennant for more than
one Club within Gateway District in any
2.4. Membership of another Association:
2.4.1 Member/s of a Club/s in Gateway District, who hold membership of a
In another District within Queensland and who have played or are playing
the current year in another District’s pennant competition (any
not eligible to play in the pennant competition, in any division
Gateway District during the current year.
2.4.2. A member may belong to two or more Clubs in the Gateway District
but will only
be permitted to represent the
Club where the player first rolls a bowl in a
2.4.3. Any member transferring from another State or District and having
his former Club, is not eligible to play pennants unless he is in
possession of the
appropriate clearance and makes application to the Gateway Board of
2.4.4. Any member joining a GDBA Club from another State may only
represent that Club
in Gateway pennant competition provided that the player/s has a “pennant
clearance from his interstate Club. Such a player/s is not eligible to
play in any
competitions controlled by Gateway District.
Note: Failure to comply will invoke the same penalty.
Divisions and Structure.
3.1. The Match Committee shall determine the number
of divisions. Six sides shall be consistent
In all divisions. The number of divisions shall
be governed by the number of entries received.
3.2. Each side in a division shall consist of three
(3) teams of four (4) players.
3.3. The Match Committee shall decide the number
Depending on the number of nominations
received, a maximum of two (2) sides per Club, in any division, is allowable.
3.4. Where a second side from the same Club is
permitted in any division through
promotion/demotion or at the discretion of the Match Committee, they shall be
identified as “A” and “B” (refer condition 4.1 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 fee will be made after the draw is completed.
Format: a. Six (6) sides in a division to play in a
home and away basis.
b. The games for all divisions
shall consist of sixty (63) ends i.e. 3 rinks playing 21ends.
c. Play in all round and final
games must be played in accordance with the conditions of play
d. Match Committee will decide
on the number of sides and divisions based on entries.
e. Depending on nominations,
divisions 6 and below may comprise a less number of
Promotion and demotion of players.
4.1. A player/s may play in any division
in round play up to and including the 5th. Game of round play.
4.2. A 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 4 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.
Note: Where a Club has two sides in any division,
interchanging of a player/s between “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.
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 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
law33.9(dr2.3) – concerning substitutes or law 39.3.2. – incomplete sides (Dr
5.4. Trial ends – Two trial ends shall be
permitted. The trial ends shall commence twenty (20) minutes prior to the games
scheduled starting time and must be completed before the scheduled starting
5.5. Practice at venues must end thirty (30)
minutes prior to starting time. (law4.3). The controlling body must allocate
the rinks on which a player or team may practice.
6.1 During each week of round play every side
with the most shots will attract two (2) points
for a win. Shots for and against will be recorded.
6.2. A tied side’s match will attract one (1)
point to each. (Where shots are equal).
6.3. If a side withdraws after the draw is
done, a bye is recorded.
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
7.1. A player may be promoted to a higher
Division any time during finals.
7.2. No player may be demoted for finals
7.3. No player may play in more than one Division during
7.4. To be eligible for finals 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
unless a side concedes defeat.
7.7. Preference shall be given to the
Saturday with matches on neutral greens. Sunday play shall be called if deemed
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 all Divisions the winner of round
play goes directly to the final.
b. The second (2nd.) placed
side play the third (3rd.) placed side.
c. The winner of 2 & 3 shall be a
d. Team No1 plays the winner of 2 &
3 to determine an 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
net score of shots
aggregate shots scored against shall be divided into the aggregate shots it has
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 per team), an extra end or ends shall be played by all teams in that Division,
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
the result is determined. The side
failing to observe this condition will be disqualified unless a
player is injured or sick and cannot
continue, or a player is on call in case of emergency.
of the final shall be Pennant Champion.
green fees for finals shall be $12.00 per person per game. Green fees for
finals to be
reviewed annually at the June Council
Finals play is subject to date change.
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 (app A4.1)
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 if players (Laws 12 & 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
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.
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 Clubs
9.1 In all Divisions one team may be promoted
and one team may be demoted at the
discretion of the Match Committee. One finalist in those Divisions may
the next highest Division.
9.2 Any Club in lower than third place is not
eligible for promotion.
9.3 Nominations accompanied by the designated
nomination fee close in May each
calendar year as per the nomination form.
9.4 The Match Committee shall advise Clubs,
through the District Secretary of the overall
of the pennant competition by 1st December each calendar year.
Captain/Manager of a 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
manager attend to the drawing of rinks, completion of cards, toss for
possession of the mat and attend to the completion of the pennant result
the players names and initials clearly printed. They must ensure results
are forwarded to
the Match Committee when completed.
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
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
playing of the match, subject to the duties of the Umpire. The host
manager and the visiting captain/manager should be in attendance at
least 45 minutes
before play commences.
10.3 The host Clubs shall provide a master
scoreboard and arrange with the side captains/
managers for the score to be shown regular intervals. Rink scoreboards
the “home side” on the left of the upper section. The host Club must
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 Match Committee by no later than 6pm on
the playing day. If home Club does
not supply result, 2 match points will be deducted from their
progressive score. Visiting
Clubs will not be disadvantaged If the
Club does not have a fax the results must be
phoned or emailed to the
Match Committee. 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
scores and a record of playing positions.
10.5 The host Club is responsible for the
notification of results to the press as soon as
after the 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 pennant 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 justifiable cause should prevent the
commencement of play, the games so effected shall be deemed a tie and
will be allocated to each side.
11.2 In 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
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 40 ends played by the sides affected, then the overall result
deemed a tie and points awarded evenly.
11.4 In the event that all matches in a round are cancelled then
zero (0) will be
allocated to all teams. See B.Q. weather policy.
11.5 Stoppages after the game has commenced due to excessive weather
a. An appeal to the Umpire/Managers who
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 in
persistent adverse conditions. Consider damage
to greens etc. The wellbeing
of players must be a priority – Duty of care.
11.6 Where individual matches in round play are
cancelled, the Match Committee
permit such games to be replayed subject to the agreement of both
involved. These games must be completed prior to commencement of
If the game is stopped for any reason and 40 ends have been completed the game
regarded as played and the winning side will be awarded 2 points.
If less than 40 ends are completed a catch game shall be played at the end of
competition if the result of such game could affect the final result.
Committee will determine if a catch game is necessary. Law 32.1
Note: The pennant result sheet must be completed and faxed or
emailed to Match.
12.3 In the event of inclement weather(lightning)
for any reason and 40 ends have been
the game is
regarded as played, the winning side will be awarded 2 points.
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 B.Q. extreme weather policy), Clubs will score one (1)
point each or
complete the game if agreeable. Game must be completed before the finals
stop play owing to inclement weather condition, an appeal to the Umpire who
the problem with the Games Director and
managers concerned to determine what action is
appeal upheld by the umpire from the Club’s delegated official shall affect all
inclement weather interrupts any match, it may be completed at the discretion
the event of thunder and lightning the Umpire will stop all play until the
storm has passed.
pennant players and manager must be dressed in correct attire to comply with
GDBA By-laws and conditions of play
Club coloured shirts registered with and approved by the GDBA shall be worn and
the B.A. logo.
members of a side shall wear trousers or shorts that are the same colour and
(White and cream are deemed the same
members of a side must be similarly dressed in the GDBA registered Club attire.
clothing and mufti headwear are not
date of commencement of the pennant season shall be no later than the last
in July each year. Arrangement of play
will be determined by the Match Committee.
The entry fee for round play shall be determined at the September GDBA Board
each calendar year.
play – All green fees for round play shall be paid to the players own Club.
finals – All green fees – See rule 7.13
Provision of National Accredited Umpires/Measurers – The host Club Games
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
COACHING DURING MATCH – Any accredited coach must inform the Umpire of his
name and the player he intends to coach, thirty minutes prior to the start of the
male bowlers who are financial members of an affiliated GDBA Club and
with B.Q 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.
player, using an artificial device (bowling arm) for the delivery of jack or
bowl, having used it once in a game must use it for the remainder of the game, excluding
rolling of the jack. A challenge on appeal to an umpire regarding a bowlers arm
could occur before trial ends or up to 10 minutes after a game as similar to
Laws 52.4.3 and 184.108.40.206 Any player using a non-approved Bowling arm will be
listed as a defaulting player under Law C2 and will lose the game as per Law C10.
comply with no smoking regulations, players are to ensure that they are aware
of the smoke
DSOA & NOSA at the respective
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 the
start of play.
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.
Afternoon tea – No afternoon tea break shall be taken. Host Clubs may provide
at the end of play.
Clubs are to make their best greens and rinks available for pennant play. Clubs
are required to
the best “speed of the green” allowable
for weather conditions. Preferred speed 14 – 16 secs.
Width of greens to be not less than 4.6m and not more than 5.8m (Law 49.1.2).
Artificial lighting is permissible on covered synthetic greens. Artificial
lighting on uncovered
greens may be used to assist in the completion
Host Clubs shall have their green/s available 1 hour before the allocated
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.
one: Purple Division two:
four: Green Division
five: Gold Division
six: Light blue
seven: Mid brown Division eight:
Maroon Division nine:
shall award a pennant flag to each Club winning a Division, according to the
in clause 16 and a badge to each of sixteen (16) players for each Division, as
determined by the winning Club.