My club due to Ireland duties are playing two B team players on our A team on Saturday. Our B team game has been moved to Tuesday through no fault of their own due to irish cup games. Tuesday sees our B team struggling for numbers , so we can choose from all our non starred A team players to enable us to field 16 . No . We can only choose 2 players, including the two borrowed B team players, as the original A&B games were both to be on the same day. To be blunt, the rule was voted in by folk who had absolutely no idea what the rule entailed . The rule is now punishing innocent clubs . Well done to all who raised their hands in support of this farce , but that's democracy. I do have some sympathy with those who introduced the rule, due to Ronaldo and Sala suddenly turning out for Crusaders.
It'll be more than a hassle when teams start to lose points for breaking the rule. Just a thought, who is policing the rule, who sits for hours flicking over copious amounts of match cards . Could someone on the pgl committee, please see some sense and annul this rule on the grounds that it cannot be policed or some other feasible reason . I wonder how many clubs after just a few games of the season have unwittingly broke the rule. Answers on a postcard please.
Brian. I may stand corrected but I believe the rule was brought about due to a B team being loaded with A team players to ensure a result on a Tues night. Without naming names when it was brought up , in my opinion, the attitude of the said club rep. left a lot to be desired. If teams adhered to the spirit of the game and the rules rather than looking for ways round them without actually breaking them then the world would be a better place :-). It's all about trying to ensure a level playing field. I personally feel that whilst it is unfortunate that some clubs are punished for the actions of others the PGL weren't really left with many options.
The reply by the rep on the night was, "we will work in the best interest of our club". How dare someone say this , when the rest of us are going out each game to lose and make sure other clubs are in a better position than our own 🤔. We all work in the best interests of our clubs . Clubs that are doing their best to attract folk into our game and attempting to run with 2 or more teams are now under some pressure to field 16 person (no longer 16 man😊)teams on rearranged fixtures due to this rule . We all love to play the game of bowls and hopefully see it prosper. Those who govern our game do so because they have a heart for the game. And those who turn out 4,5,6 A team players in their B or C teams do so perhaps not through choice but necessity . Hopefully a better workable solution can be reached on player movement between teams .
I personally think the new rule is fairly decent. If both A & B teams were playing on a Sat then the B's obviously would not have access to A team players and would therefore have to pull players from the Midweek team or the ladies. Unfortunately this is a scenario many of the "smaller" clubs with only one Sat team face regularly which sees midweek and lady players turning out for the A team. Maybe there is another solution but until someone can come up with one then we just have to abide with this one. I for one would suggest that any A team players playing for B or C teams are restricted to playing front end which would go some way to maintaining the integrity of the league.
The rule is not just about A team players moving down , it's also about C and B team players moving up. Great idea about the front end only if you drop down . What if you move up ?. I think your idea is worth considering . We certainly have discussed this within my own club . And yet again , who will have the job of policing this. How many games make you an A team player?. Gets messy when you place restrictions . Keep it simple, starred players cannot move down , all others can. Just the way it was , simple .