1.       Authority.

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 competition.


2.       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 of pennant

(with the exception of condition 2.4).


2.3. No player may play pennant for more than one Club within 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 hold membership of a Club/s

In another District within Queensland and who have played or are playing in the

the current year in another District’s pennant competition (any division), are

not eligible to play in the pennant competition, in any division controlled by

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

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 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 only”

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.


3.       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 of divisions.

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 sides.


4.       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.


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 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 2.5).


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 time.


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.       Round scoring

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 their opponents


7.       Finals

7.1. A player may be promoted to a higher Division 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 during finals play.


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 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 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 finalist.

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 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 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.


7.12 Winners of the final shall be Pennant Champion.


7.13 All green fees for finals shall be $12.00 per person per game. Green fees for finals to be

reviewed annually at the 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 (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 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 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 be promoted

to 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

results of the pennant competition by 1st December each calendar year.


10.   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 visiting captain/

manager attend to the drawing of rinks, completion of cards, toss for the sides

possession of the mat and attend to the completion of the pennant result sheet with

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 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 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 should show

the “home side” on the left of 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 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 verify the

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

possible 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

Match Committee.


11 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 the points

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 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 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) will be

allocated to all teams. See B.Q. weather policy.


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

a.       An appeal to the Umpire/Managers who 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 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

may permit such games to be replayed subject to the agreement of both

Clubs involved. These games must be completed prior to commencement of



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 and the winning side will be awarded 2 points.


12.2 If less than 40 ends are completed a catch game shall be played at the end of the

competition if the result of such game could affect the final result. The Match

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

completed 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 begin.


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



12.7 An appeal upheld by the umpire from the Club’s 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


3.1 All pennant players and manager must be dressed in 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 are not permitted.


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 round play 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, thirty 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 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.

14.7(1). Artificial devices.

Any 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 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.


14.8 To comply with no smoking regulations, players are to ensure that they are aware of the smoke

DSOA & NOSA at 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 the

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

the best “speed of the green” allowable for weather conditions. Preferred speed 14 – 16 secs.


15.2 Width of greens to be not less than 4.6m and not more than 5.8m (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.


16. Pennant colours


Division one: Purple Division two: Navy Division three: Red


Division four: Green Division five: Gold Division six: Light blue


Division seven: Mid brown Division eight: Maroon 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.