Thursday Pennants

Thursday Round 14 Pennants 2022/2023 – Early Start

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(Refer Conditions of Play section 9)

The forecast maximum temperature on the BOM website for Thursday 9 February 2023 issued at 4 . 10pm on Tuesday 7 February 2023 is 36 degrees Celsius.

As per Rule 9.5 of the Metropolitan Pennant Conditions of Play 2022-23, all Thursday Round 14 Pennant games are declared as “Early Start” games, and will be played on Thursday 9 February 2023, with trial ends commencing by 9.15am unless rescheduled by agreement between individual clubs & with MBA Match & Program committee approval prior to this time (Rule 5.1).

All games will be played/completed under the modified playing conditions summarised below.

Host clubs must ensure that their officials are ready to manage game play under extreme conditions at the venue.

Rule 5.3.2 – for 9.30am start games, greens may not be available for practice. No practice is allowed before 8.30am.

Rule 4.2 – the number of ends played by each rink will be reduced to: 18 ends

Rule 10.1 – the minimum number of completed ends to declare a game “complete” will be:3 rink sides: 36 ends

Rule 5.7 – games that are played as Early Start Heat Policy conditions do not have compulsory mid- game breaks. However, Side Managers are advised to be mindful of the duty of care for all participants and monitor the conditions and consider breaks, if necessary, to provide participants with opportunities to hydrate.

Do not enter results into BowlsLink until a game has been finalised.

Clubs are reminded that they need to have a dedicated person monitoring the temperature (as per Rule 9.2) to ensure that games do not continue if the cut-off temperature (36 degrees Celsius at the nominated Weather Station) is reached during the game.

9.2.4 It is a requirement that a check of the temperature at the designated weather station is done [by a responsible person] shortly after each hour and half hour during play. [a direct link to the relevant BOM Web page is on the Home page of the MBA Web site]

9.2.5 If the recorded temperature at the hour or half hour reaches or exceeds the cut-off temperature, the responsible person is to advise the Umpire of the Day, who after confirming the temperature, will direct all players to stop playing after completing the end in play. Any resulting dead ends will not be replayed. Play will be abandoned for the day.

Replay provisions for games that do not reach “completion” are in Rule 9.5.

If there are any questions regarding the above changes or further clarification required, please contact MBA Match & Program committee (

Steve Franks


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