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Heat waves off midweek pennant bowls

Today's round of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant has been abandoned due to expected hot weather.

HANNAH DRISCOLL January 14, 2014 4:05am

Today’s Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant matches have been abandoned due to the predicted hot weather.

The division’s general match committees and executive met yesterday in a scheduled monthly meeting where it was decided today’s matches would be called off.

President Maurie Rowlands said it was a common sense decision, while midweek chairperson Freda Clement said while the rules did not provide for it, they had a duty of care to players.

All clubs were notified yesterday afternoon.

The women’s Champion of Champions state singles tournament scheduled to begin tomorrow at Euroa has also been moved to Shepparton Park undercover, but Clement said she would not know when it would finish as there was a tournament there on Thursday.

Rowlands said he could not recall the last time matches were abandoned so early and it had not happened in recent years.

Normally if the maximum temperature forecast on WIN News the night before a midweek pennant round is 36°C then temperatures must be checked by team managers at the start of the day or at least 30-minute intervals.

Also if the temperature at the club reaches 38°C 30 minutes before the start of play of a midweek match or anytime during it, the match is suspended until it drops below that level.

As of yesterday afternoon, the Bureau of Meteorology was still predicting a maximum temperature of 43°C today in Shepparton and similar figures for Kyabram and Tatura.

Saturday pennant matches, where a maximum temperature allowed rises from 38°C to 40°C, are unaffected at this stage as the predicted temperature is 35°C.

Rowlands said while the committee was still only discussing how things were going this season, one area being looked at was the length of the midweek pennant season, which kicked off on September 17.

Rowlands said there had been some ideas put forward to make it more compact, but stressed they had to be discussed further and then put to the clubs and there was a fair bit of discussion to go on before anything happened.

‘‘The bowls year is governed by the dates put forward by Bowls Victoria to have certain events played by and finished by leading into the next level,’’ he said.

‘‘Until you get that calendar out, giving the dates for next year, there’s a little bit of uncertainty as to what the dates will be, but if they were to remain the same we’re just looking at are there any ways of eliminating that very early start to the season.’’

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