Try Bowls

How do I play?

You can play bowls on your own, take on an opponent in single or team up with others to play pairs, triples or fours.

The basic rules are simple. First you roll a small ball called the jack. Then you bowl aiming to get as close to the jack as possible. Points are scored for bowls nearest the jack and games are played over a set number of ‘ends’ or to a specific points score.

Many people just play against their friends in friendly games, but If that gets your competitive juices flowing and you want to join a team, then sign up for Pennant season. Pennant is the league. format of the game played on Saturdays, midweek Tuesday or Tuesday night

Anyone can try bowls at The Dandenong Club. Contact Rob Wilson Bowlscoach@Dandenongclub.com.au to enquire about an introduction and free lesson.

BOWLS AT A GLANCE

Bowls is the game that takes a second to learn – but a lifetime to master

AIM OF THE GAME

Bowls is a precision sport whereby players roll bowls, which are specifically designed to possess a bias, with expressed intent of finishing close to a smaller ball known as the “jack” or “kitty”.

THE BATTLEFIELD OF CHOICE

Bowls is played on both indoor and outdoor surfaces. Universally these are known as greens and each green is divided into parallel playing strips known as rinks

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE

In a singles competition the first end (segment of play) commences by laying the mat and rolling the jack to the other end of the green to serve as a target. Once it has come to rest, the jack is aligned to the center of the rink and players take turns to roll their bowls from the mat towards the jack and thereby build up the head. (cluster of bowls around the jack)

HOW TO HIT THE SCOREBOARD?

Once each competitor or team has delivered all their bowls, the distance from the jack to the closet bowl/s is determined. And one point (called shots) is awarded for each bowl that is closer than their opponent’s closet bowl to the jack.

HOW MANY PLAYERS PER TEAM?

Bowls has a string is=of formats, but the most common feature 1-4 players per team, known as singles, pairs, triples and fours. The amount of bowls each player puts down is usually determined by the number of players per team but may vary from 2-4.

DEAD OR ALIVE?

Bowls may curve outside the boundary of the rink but must come to rest within the boundary to remain in play. Bowls falling into the ditch (at the end of the green) are dead and removed from play – except for when one has made a connection with the jack (known as a “toucher”)

TALK ME THROUGH A TOUCHER

“Touchers” are marked with chalk and remain alive in play even if they fall into the ditch. Similarly, if the jack falls into the ditch it remains alive (unless it is beyond the side boundary), resulting in “dead” end which is either replayed por replaced.

WHERE TO FROM HERE

At Dandenong Club we have plenty of option for anyone to play. Whether you are after some fun for you or a group of friends or thinking about getting serious about bowls, we can help. Contact Rob Wilson our full-time coach on 97621963 or visit our bowls shop.