DO THE EASTER PAIRS NEED REFRESHING

Good question. Given the numbers on this event are in rapid decline, what do you do? There are a number of things that could be looked at, however, is it easier said than done? 
Should we look at raising the prize money by way of sponsorship or other means? Should we change the format? How about making the tournament mixed or any combo?

Whatever the answer is, time is running out. 

What do you the bowlers say?

Comments

  1. Something needs to be done. The competition has no spice anymore, no draw card. It is dying out like many of the other events. It needs a complete overhaul!

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  2. One day qualifying? Allows one day holiday to rest before work.

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    1. If you don't want to play the full weekend, don't enter, simple.

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  3. Yes, shorten the event so that it allows for at least one family/holiday day. Galas are now going "any combo" so why not the Easter Pairs? Am personally not in favour off increasing prize money as a means to generate interest - it can be a two-edged sword.

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    1. Easy to say you're not in favour of increasing prize money as a draw card, but you offer no alternative! Great food, great format and great hospitality go a long way but some events need another draw card! In this case, prize money!!!

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    2. You are right about food, format and hospitality being important but we will have to differ on the cash. I know it will probably attract more bowlers BUT it will dissuade others. Some older bowlers on fixed income have to limit the number of events they can go to and often enter for the social intercourse rather than the expectation of carrying the day. Higher prize money will attract the "young guns" and may see some of the older guys stay at home. Just saying!!

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    3. I disagree that by raising prize money will keep some away, not sure how that would work??? How does the fixed income come into it? I don't see it mentioned anywhere that the entry fee is going up, although it probably should. That old reasoning has been around since the Ark and is one of the reasons why some clubs fail. Not everyone can be catered for, but the events have to cater for the future. The future will be bowlers playing for big prizemoney with entries from all regions and casual bowlers included.

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  4. Mixed would be great

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  5. I agree the event should be one day qualifying and that the entry fee should drop accordingly. The feed back I got from people that were not entering was for the 2 above points. We do not enter these events for the prize money and it is never been stated in any of our Bowls Wellington events on what the prize money is before or during the event (only if you are a winner are you aware when you are given the envelope what you have won)so I do not see prize money as a draw card.

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    1. Dropping the entry fee is simply a step backwards and will do nothing to help increase numbers. Again it is easy to say "the feed back I got" but means nothing. In fact some players do enter for prize money as part of their incentive. By raising prize money, players from other regions could be attracted. So were it an attractive purse and stated prior to the event, I'm a believer that it could work. I'd be in for it!

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  6. Traditionally Easter Friday has been the family day and therefore new and younger bowlers with young families may wish to continue this. Make Saturday section play and post section Sunday/Monday. I agree having a large prize money will attract "young guns" who are no interested in the social interaction like many of us prefer.

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  7. I agree with some points but disagree with the traditional Easter Friday. Traditions are rapidly changing and that is what the majority of the traditional bowler need to understand. .....that is a pretty big claim though suggesting that large prize money will attract "young guns", why won't it attract bowlers from every angle??? And who are you to say that "young guns" don't like social interaction??? I think the problem is there are too many one eyed views with such a reluctance for change that their vision is severely clouded. Just my view. (First time caller)

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  8. An increase in prize money is proven to increase tournament participation. Qualifying needs to be changed, a team from my club lost all three qualifying games on the Friday and had to turn up on the Saturday to play three games. That's just stupid. Bowlers that can't afford an increase in entry fees have countless opportunities to play midweek and weekend club galas for their social intercourse. In my opinion if you want to increase player participation, player enjoyment and provide a high quality of bowls, increase the prize money through sponsorship and if need be increased entry fees. My preference is not for mixed events we already have the annual mixed pairs, that should be enough for the married couples. Also re centre Events, the Centre needs to get the tournament finished by COB Sunday too many bowlers work on Monday and a voucher or certificate doesn't compensate enough. Maybe qualifiers from each green play first round of post section on Saturday after Qualifying?

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  9. The days have gone where people can afford to spend their entire Easter break playing bowls. Of course some selfish men will continue to exercise their diehard ways but they are a decreasing minority. A much shorter format is required - say 7 ends and in these days of of gender elightenment women should of course be included in any combination. Change or die!

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    1. Qualifying on the friday post section saturday and sunday. Surely as it used to be putting sponsorship packages together is important and is part of the job description of the employees at bowls wellington. Goingback a few years there was sponsorship and meaningful prize money for all centre events and that was when one person ran the centre, there was also newspaper reports and results of all events. Come on!!!

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  10. To Anonymous comment dated 22 Apr at 11.01.
    Can I just ask, how are you aware of what is in the job description of Bowls Wellington employees? Also, to the best of my knowledge, sponsorship and prize money has increased over the years, not reduced. So I'm not sure where you got your facts from, plucked from the sky no doubt???? I'm surprised Jack even let your comments be posted. If we are going to move forward, then let's make constructive suggestions and not fling half baked imaginary assumptions! Also, great to see we have moved on from newspaper reports, which were post the event, now we have reports that are up to date end by end in some cases. COME ON YOURSELF!!!

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    1. I have to absolutely disclaim that prizes have increased over the last few years. Having won several tournaments over a long period of time i can assure you that the prizes have decreased to the point where it is a joke...i laugh at you saying that it is prize money also, a voucher to 2-3 places is not as good as hard cash. These comments are hard facts, not plucked from the Sky. In regards to it being great that we are no longer in the paper, i also feel you are well off the money on this. Having won events in the past it was a thrill to see a photo or read an article about the win and have calls from people outside of bowls congratulate me. Best advertising in the bussiness, do you see Rugby trying to get less paper time? No, because if its in the paper people can talk about it. There should be more effort in this regard for bowls. I will say though that the end by end finals and results on the website are great, and that the centre have done a good job of using that technology. To the person who wrote the above comment it sounds like you are either an employee for bowls wellington or on the board and if so please take these thoughts back and see if we can move in the right direction. At the end of the day there is good debate on this forum and shows there are plenty of passionate people still in the game that want to see bowls move forward not back.

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  11. one day qualifying and increase prize. make it cash and not vochers

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