Jarvis hopes to start things bowling along

BRIAN Jarvis is usually more comfortable on the squash court than the bowling green. But if he's got anything to do with it, that's all set to change.

The Emerald Bowls Club manager, and reputable squash player in his day, is seeking to instil a new bowls and darts following in the region and he wants you to be a part of it.

The proposal is to develop a new junior division to be run on Saturday mornings much like cricket and rugby league competitions currently in play, followed by two separate men's and women's open divisions that same afternoon.

The highly popular Friday night mercantile bowls, that proved a raving success earlier this year, has been earmarked for a welcome return, with the new Saturday competition set to offer a new outlet for the competitive bowlers among us.

"At the moment the club doesn't cater for one division or the other, it's only mixed," Jarvis said.

"So I want to be able to give people the choice."

To assist with the juniors' development in the sport, Jarvis has plans to invite an accredited bowls coach to the region to visit schools and instruct at coaching clinics.

He also hopes to train bowls players to a base level of coaching certification, with the vision to develop and maintain the bowls interest in the Central Highlands.

Jarvis said he can also see potential in a new concept to be held on Tuesday mornings. He's calling it Shift Worker Bowls.

Breakfast and bowls will be provided and offers workers the opportunity to unwind with a game of social bowls after their shift.

"I've talked to a few people and the response so far has been very positive," Jarvis said.

A new Emerald darts competition is also on the drawing board Jarvis said, provided the demand is there from the patrons.

It's a big schedule for a little known sport in a football-centric region, and some may say a little ambitious, but that suits Jarvis just fine.

With the right people and enough support he said, it can be done.

"We've still got a lot of work to do on it," Jarvis said.

"We just need somebody to drive it."

Potential bowls players wanting to get a closer look at the action, or anyone interested in some great bowls competition can get themselves down to the Emerald Bowls Club tomorrow for the final of the Zone Seven Pennants.

Mackay District takes on the Leichhardt District winners, Emerald, for a shot at the championship. Play starts at 10am.


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