Look at the bigger picture

Just about every player at most bowls clubs, at one-time or maybe several times during their playing days, come across a struggle over the ego opposed to what is in the best interest of the club.

It is nothing new and will probably be around for many years to come.

The selection of a team or a side can often be very subjective, but one would hope that those given the task of selector, would hold the bigger picture of club success above individual success.

After all bowls pennant competitions are a team sport.

The job of the selector is very much an unenviable task and one that can only please most bowlers most of the time at best.

Most bowlers aspire to play at the highest level, whether that be the club top division or for some even greater goals sitting on the horizon.

Selection is not an exact science and is performed with the best intentions in mind.

Maybe sometimes a player may be overlooked because the selectors don’t have enough information about that player.

A great way to get noticed by the selectors is to play consistently well.

If you can’t do that well seek advice, get coaching and practice with purpose and you will soon improve your game and get the consistency you are seeking to get noticed.

The ego sometimes does not do us any favours when we are picked in a lesser position or side than it expects and the feeling of injustice may creep into the mind to validate some negativity.

Some become an unofficial selector and question whether the selectors have a clue what they are doing.

In reality sometimes, we may not be as good as we think we are.

However, if we genuinely think we are, then in contrast it is probably far more advantageous to look at how serious you want the position in that side.

Practice your skills, be a valuable team member and believe in yourself to get where you want to be. If you have the desire the rewards will come.

Results

Division 1 – Nuriootpa 99 d Angaston 88; Tanunda 115 d Kapunda 73; Lyndoch 83 | Eudunda 100.

Division 2A – Angaston 82 d Kapunda 66; Nuriootpa Black 72 d Eudunda 69; Tanunda 65 d Nuriootpa Gold 64.

Division 2B – Nuriootpa 78 d Tanunda 52; Eudunda 64 | Angaston 90; Freeling 66 | Lyndoch 73.

Division 3 – Angaston 69 d Freeling 26; Nuriootpa 59 d Tanunda 58; Kapunda 15 d Lyndoch 0 (forfeit).