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Date: 06 May 2005 18:17:33
From: Ryan Press \(NI\)
Subject: Men Only Leagues...
I want to guage a few opinions from all you knowledgable people here...

In our country, we have only 4 sanctioned bowling centres, and only 2 that
run leagues. Of these leagues, only one is sanctioned, and it is at my home
centre.

This league is the "Night Owls Men's Doubles League", and (dispite the
league councils attempt to "dumb" the league down by paying down further
with less money, and increasing handicaps) it is still probably the best and
most competitive.

There are very few women bowlers in the country, and as such, are no women
only leagues.

My girlfriend, along with some other women, thought "why should they not be
allowed to play the only sanctioned league inthe country", and took their
request to open the league to women to the league secretary, and were
subsiguently told to "fu*k off - i'd rather close the league down than let
women in"... when it was mentioned to the president of the national
federation, his responce was "I don't give a fu*k"....

So this encouraged to put the complaint/request in writing, and send it to
the council to be discussed at the next meeting.

That meeting was last nigh, and while we hav enot heard officially, we
expect that her plea was not granted...

So, wht do you guys thnik of such a situation?? No women only leagues... no
other sanctioned league... easy case of sexual discrimation? I would
usually be the one on the other side of the arguement when it comes to, for
example, women playing in the mens golf competitions, or in certain bowling
competitions, as the women have their own events which men cant play in...
however I feel this situation is different, as there is no alternative
league.

I should also point out that the league is handicapped, and the 3 women that
I know of that what to join would all easily be in the to 3rd of the league
in terms of average, so its definitly not an ability issue...

Ryan






 
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