Barry Watts, left, looks on after being disqualified
Barry Watts, left, looks on after being disqualified

Feud sending bowlers logo

By ADRIAN MILLER

amiller@dailyexaminer.com.au

A GENIAL sport normally free of controversy, lawn bowls has been courting publicity recently. On Sunday it was Maclean and District Bowling Club's turn. Club member Barry Watts was disqualified from the A grade singles event for refusing to wear a shirt adorned with the Bowls Australia logo. The Royal NSW Bowling Association made it mandatory from January 1 for all bowlers playing pennant level and above to wear uniforms which carry the logo. Mr Watts said he didn't wear the new shirt to prove a point. "I know for sure of others that have done the same thing, but have not been penalised," he said. "Like every club we have a few people who think the rules don't apply to them. (It doesn't matter who you are) the rules should still apply." Mr Watts said the unpopular rule had caused much consternation in the bowls community, but many people were unwilling to

speak out against it. "Most people don't agree with the bull.... logo rule, but they won't say anything," he said. Other protests against the rule have been staged, with Iluka Bowling Club the first to disqualify players when it prevented Jim Brigginshaw, Bob Hudson and Gary Blaxter from playing in their club championship in February.

Mr Watts said the rule did nothing but line the coffers of the Bowling Association. He said it discouraged people from playing weekend bowls and juniors from taking up the sport because it forced people to buy shirts they couldn't afford or would hardly use. He said he hoped his protest would lead to the logo rule being reconsidered.

'I know for sure of others that have done the same thing, but have not been penalised.'

Barry Watts



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