Starting in 2011 the first Bowling Arm Interstate Challenge was played between Victoria and New South Wales. This expanded to a larger interstate tournament held in September 2013 with the addition of South Australia. The Championships were held yearly after this with the addition of Queensland as recently as 2016, Western Australia joining in 2017 as the “Sandgropers”, and Tasmania joining in 2018. The Challenge now has six states involved.
Bowls Australia endorses the “National Bowling Arm Challenge” by providing a “National Perpetual Trophy” for the winning state while the states themselves concurrently play for interstate Shields during the Challenge. A State Representative Side consists of 15 players, plus three reserve, who form three teams of five. Format of play Singles and Fours, and Pairs and Triples, played concurrently. The Challenge itself is a mixed gender tournament with a minimum requirement of two female bowlers.
Expressions of Interest for the 2020 Sandgroper Squad (flyer) were sent out and finalised in 2020 with this years National Sides Championships to be played in WA at Warnbro Bowling Club September 7 to 11. Unfortunately this event was postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The same process will move to 2021 where players who are interested in trialling for a position on the Sandgroper Side need to send an Expression of Interest to be part of the Squad – after a series of practices and the State Arm Championships – a Side is selected to play at the Nationals.
Laurie Blurton continues in the position of Coordinator of the WA Bowling Arm “Sandgropers” Side for the fourth consecutive year and would like interested players to fill in a 2020 Sandgroper SQUAD Expression of Interest and return to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Laurie can also be contacted on 0427 097 935.
2020 INFORMATION FOR ARMED BOWLERS IN WA:
- Timeline of Events
- Mandurah Armed Open
- State Bowling Arm Championships (rescheduled Oct 5 & 6 @ Warnbro – PDF Entry + Online Entry)
- National Bowling Arm Side Championships, Warnbro Bowling Club, Sept 7 – 11 (POSTPONED TO 2021)
NATIONAL BOWLING ARM SIDE CHAMPIONSHIPS WRAP UP ARTICLES:
2017 National Arm Challenge Summary (Moama VIC)
2018 National Arm Challenge Summary (East Maitland NSW)
2019 National Arm Challenge Summary (Tranmere SA)
2020 National Arm Side Challenge (Warnbro WA) CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 (RESCHEDULED FOR 2021)