Marianne Menzies and Ian Riach delivered an interesting session both theory and practice and for all those who attended you might find the following useful
Extract from World Bowls Guidelines for Markers
Communication of information by the Marker
Only answer questions asked by the player in possession of the rink, remembering that possession of the rink passes to the opponent as soon as a bowl comes to rest, allowing time for marking that bowl as a toucher. Only answer the question asked and be concise. For example, if you are asked “Am I holding shot” – then answer “Yes”. In general, don’t provide information that has not been asked for! Equally, use common sense. For example: if you are asked “Am I holding shot” and the player is holding two shots, you should say; “Yes, you are holding two”.
If you are unsure which is shot bowl, don’t be afraid to say that it is a measure. Don’t be forced into making a decision when you are unsure.
It is important to have an understanding of the type of questions which players are likely to ask and to be able to anticipate the information that they are looking for – you are their eyes at the head. For example, if a player asks “Is that bowl jack high?” and the bowl is not exactly jack high, tell the player how far short or past jack high it actually is.
Be as accurate as you can when giving distances. For example, if a bowl is 45 centimetres (18 inches) short do not say that it is 60 centimetres (two feet) short-players will quickly lose confidence in you if you do.
Bowls Wiltshire Ladies will be playing in the Semi-Final of the Walker Cup at Leamington on Sunday 11th September after beating Worcestershire 45 – 31 in the morning session and followed that with a win over Devon 41 – 27 in the Regional Finals played at Kingswood & Hanham. At Leamington they will be playing the either Cumbria or Yorkshire from the Northern Group.
The second success came about in the Johns Trophy when the ladies had success over Dorset 119 – 87 in the first round, In the second round beat Somerset 129 – 107 to progress to the Regional Final where they were successful over Cornwall 146 – 113.
With the continued worries about the Covid situation, particularly the new Omicron variant, it is very difficult to forecast exactly what the situation will be when the time comes to start the 2022 season. I know that all the committees will be working hard to ensure that if we are able to bowl then the club will be ready to welcome you onto the green. Duncan Poole, our new fixtures secretary, has prepared a full bowling season with more teams than ever before and we will see the return of the handbook with all the usual details available for every playing member. The ladies will see the return of the Nor West League with Devizes entering a fourth team, the Wiltshire League that came into fruition last year will stay and we have two teams involved and there is the Seidel League as well. The men will also have the usual full programme of Four Rink, Three Rink, Mid Wilts Triples and Tea and Biscuits. As to county competitions it is remarkable to see over 30 entries from the ladies and an increase in the number of men entering as well. Hopefully we will see the same support for the club competitions that will be organised this year by our new competitions’ coordinator Marie Greenwood. I hope everyone is looking forward to getting involved again and pray for some decent weather to support us.
In the meantime, stay safe and I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks.