On behalf of the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division Executive Board confirm the holding of the GVBD Weekend Pennant Grand Finals – SATURDAY 14th March 2020 – Divisions 2 thru to the Division Six (By 2) and Division 1 Grand Final to be held on SUNDAY 15th March 2020 – it will be business as usual. Spectators are most welcome to attend on the days.
Please note the Government Restrictions will come in next Monday – day after the holding of the GVBD Grand Finals.
The Board ask Clubs to advise, via their Pennant Managers, for their Players to find another way to greet and thank their Opponent besides the traditional handshake and not to pick up any other Player’s bowls on the either day.
We the Board support every avenue to be followed to ensure that our Club Bowlers are safe with the impact of Coronavirus (COVID -19).
Please do not hesitate to contact either GVBD Chairman (James McLeod) OR GVBD Secretary (Joy O’Donnell) if anyone has any further concerns.
Enjoy the Finals and good bowling to all.
Directors: Jean Sprague: Peter Naughton: Ron Sceney: Grace Kenworthy: Bill Chilcott: Gordon Nash & Joy O’Donnell
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Impact on Pennant and future State events
To All Bowls Victoria Stakeholders:
Bowls Victoria are continuously monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and any news that becomes available from the Victorian Government Health Authorities. Further to our previous correspondence on Wednesday 11th March 2020, we offer the following.
This weekend’s Pennant Competitions will continue although matches are for players, managers and coaches only and therefore to be spectator free. Players etc are encouraged to find another way to greet and thank their opponent besides the traditional handshake and not to pick up any other players’ bowls.
Any player who does not wish to play has their right to withdraw. Selection of sides are permitted as per the Conditions of Play and Regions/Divisions should consider these exceptionally unusual circumstances when approving any selected players outside the permitted number as per the Conditions of Play.
We will advise regarding future Pennant Matches based on the advice that we receive from Government Health Authorities as soon as possible.
Country Week and Country Carnival:
Bowls Victoria is not the controlling body for these events. We encourage you to contact the controlling body directly for up to date information.
Region Sides, State Champions Week, Awards Night etc:
The Bowls Victoria Region Sides in Shepparton has been cancelled for 2020. We have made this decision early as a result of many queries and in the hope that accommodation bookings can be cancelled and refunded.
At this stage, State Champions Week (including Under-18 and Over 60’s) will continue although will be players, managers and coaches only and therefore spectator-free.
The much anticipated and new BV Awards Night is unfortunately postponed indefinitely.
Champion of State Pennant (May 2020) at Moama is being discussed at present and we will advise accordingly as we receive more direction from Government Health Authorities.