URGENT - IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Hello to my fellow Co-ordinators.
In the sections below there is some important information which,
in some cases, may require your immediate attention.
1. MIJAS LAWN BOWLS CLUB :-
Yesterday evening I had a lengthy, constructive conversation
with Geoff Collins, the President of Mijas Lawn Bowls Club.
Sadly he advised that Mijas are unable to field a Team in the
Lions' League for the 2017/18 Season. A combination of factors
have left them short on numbers particularly in the period
leading up to Christmas. The reason for this somewhat late
decision is because the Club had been attempting to "broker a
deal" with Lauro Golf to enter a "hybrid" Team along the lines
successful Benalplayas several years ago when Benalmadena and
Belplaya joined forces for one year to overcome short-term
problems the latter Club was having at the time.
However, this attempt failed early this week but, on a personal
note, I should like to thank Roberto, Geoff and Paul Hughes for
their efforts as well as those of Ron Jones and Barbara Land,
senior Officials within the FAB Malaga Delegation. Thankfully,
despite their somewhat limited resources, Mijas has elected to
enter a Team in the League Cup and I'm sure we all welcome that
2. LIONS' LEAGUE REPLACEMENT TEAM :-
Everyone is well aware that the new League Season starts this
Friday, 13 October. With Mijas' withdrawal there is an
opportunity for another Club to enter an additional Team should
they choose to do so. However there are parameters as the
replacement team MUST directly take over the Mijas fixtures i.e.
there must be no change of dates. Home and Away Matches must be
played as scheduled but, in the event of two Home Matches
resulting on the same day, the start times may be staggered
accordingly e.g. start in the morning at 10.30 and in the
afternoon at 14.00 as Benavista do when they host 2 x Matches on
the same day.
IF ANY CLUB WISHES TO TAKE UP THE OPTION PLEASE ADVISE BY
TELEPHONE OR EMAIL NOT LATER THAN 20.00 ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. If
no Club comes forward I will revert to Option 3
3. LIONS' LEAGUE WITH 8 TEAMS :-
There are three options available as outlined below :-
3.1. We can completely re-structure the League to remove any
Byes caused by Mijas' withdrawal running from 13 October - 24
November and 12 January - 2 March.
3.2. We can delay the start until 20 October and, as in 3.1.,
remove any Byes i.e. the Season will run from 20 October - 1
December and 19 January - 9 March.
3.3. We can leave the Fixtures as they are currently scheduled
and, when a Club is scheduled to play Mijas Lions, that Club
Team will have a Bye on that day.
3.4. Observations :-
When I prepared the Fixtures with 9 x Teams in each League I
made every effort for Clubs ( other than Benavista for obvious
reasons ) not to host more than one fixture on the same day.
This was, in the main, achieved and fixtures in both Leagues
were evenly balanced. However, I've looked at Options 1 and 2
very carefully and there will be problems as, in order to
maintain the aforementioned policy, there would be a total
imbalance of fixtures for some Clubs with a number having to
host more than one on the same day on more than one occasion.
This is a major problem for those Clubs with less than 8 Rinks
and for those with restricted access to their Greens. Please
remember that I have looked at the global picture and not
just for individual Teams - if you take the latter option you
may not envisage a problem!
Barbara Land and myself, as a result of the concerns outlined
above, therefore favour Option 3.3. This maintains the Home and
Away balance and, whilst Byes are not ideal, it does provide the
opportunity for those Clubs with a FREE Friday to play a
friendly Match against Mijas Members should the two Clubs be
agreeable ( the 7Ä League Green Fee would apply ). Geoff Collins
has said that Mijas would appreciate this opportunity on
4. LEAGUE CUP :-
Thanks to Mijas we have 8 x Teams in the 2017/18 Competition
which means a straight knock-out from the Quarter-Finals with NO
Byes or Preliminary Matches. Saydo Bowls Club were the Club who
chose not to enter as it is their first Season of competitive
Bowling. Hopefully next Season they will choose to enter.
I have previously advised details of the Draw which I will
circularise with the League Results this weekend.
CLOSING COMMENTS :-
If any Club has any violent objections to Option 3.3. being
adopted please advise by return. If I donít hear anything by
20.00 tomorrow this option will be implemented and the Lionsí
League Season will commence as scheduled this coming Friday.
If any Club does wish to take up the option of entering an
additional Team then please contact me as per the timeline
above. Please remember ďitís first come, first servedĒ!!!!!!!
Many thanks everyone for reading this extensive missive. Iím
sure youíll agree the importance of going into detail as
everyone should be aware of the facts as they are.
Regards to you all.
Murray Johns ( League Co-ordinator
10 October, 2017