Change to Pennant Promotion/Demotion
Men’s Saturday and Midweek Competitions At the latest Presidents Forum, Bowls WA was instructed to find a solution to stop the practise of having four teams demoted in 1st Division White and 1st Division Blue each year. As an important part of the consultation and decision making process of Bowls WA, the final decision fell to the Bowls WA Bowls Management Committee. This Committee was presented with a number of options to consider which solved the problem that clubs had questioned.
In making their decision, a number of factors were taken into account. The Bowls Management Committee felt it was important that the team finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season was still given automatic promotion to the division above, as all other divisions currently enjoyed. It also recognised that a majority of bowlers also enjoyed the aspect of playing for promotion in a finals playoff series. With both these factors in mind, it was decided that the option titled the “Challenge Final Playoffs” was able to incorporate both important aspects of the current finals system enjoyed by other divisions.
Important aspects of how the Finals will work in 1st Division White, 1st Division Blue and 2nd Division
All teams finishing in 9th and 10th Positions in all Pennant colours/divisions get automatically demoted
All teams finishing in 1st Position in all Pennant colours/divisions get automatically promoted 1st Division White Promotion Finals will Not change
Teams finishing in 1st position in 1st Blue South and 1st Blue North still playoff for the 1st Division Blue Pennant
Teams finishing in 1st position in the four 2nd Division colours still play off for the 2nd Division Pennant
Teams in 2nd and 3rd positions in 1st Blue South, 1st Blue North and 2nd Division will playoff in a Challenge for Promotion Finals Series
Teams in 7th and 8th positions in 1st White, 1st Blue South and 1st Blue North will playoff in a Challenge for Promotion Finals Series
Full details of the Challenge for Promotion Finals Series will be included in the 2013/14 Bowls WA Fixture Book.