Veolia Statewide Challenge COP Revised

by admin on September 28, 2014

Hello all Regions

There were concerns raised by our regions at the recent RCC meeting regarding
the ability of each region to meet the BTAS Veolia Statewide challenge
requirement to have 3 x under 35 ladies in each side. As a result, we have
undertaken further investigation and agree that for season 2014-15 it is highly
unlikely that there are enough players within the regions to satisfy this
condition of play. Therefore, we hereby advise that for season 2014-15 the ladies
open sides will have no age restriction barriers and each side does NOT need to
supply 3 x u/35 ladies.

Bowls Tasmania along with state selectors and coaches are committed to, and
have endeavoured to generate a pathway for Juniors through to Open
selection. We initially tried for an U/25 competition, then last season a
State U/25 ladies team and three U/25’s men in the Open teams as a mandatory
selection. This was changed to three U/ 25 ladies and the increased to be U/35
for this season as the availability of players decreased.  The number of
available U/35 ladies for this event, coupled with the U/18’s being staged on
the same day, made this task increasingly difficult. The selection of three
U/25 men in the open teams has been very successful. We have seen many develop,
and now have a healthy number progressing through to prominent premier league
players and pushing for state open selection, and this condition of play will

In summary the following will apply for season 2014-15 and we ask you to
advise your regional open selection panels:

The male open teams for the Veolia Statewide
Challenge must still select three u/25 males in each open team for the
Veolia Statewide Challenge.

The female open teams for this event have no
such restrictions and may select purely on ability.

The junior competition will be mixed gender
with at least two females in a team of ten.

Bowls Tasmania is committed to improving and
assisting Juniors in their quest to play our game at the highest level and will
work with the regions to improve the participation rates in this area.