volume 2 no 4 March 2017
Articles In This Edition
|Quest for "Olympic Dream" draws closerQueensland Bowler Sets World RecordPlaying Fours :The LeadAustralian Open Entries closing 3rd April
Quest for "Olympic Dream" draws closer
Last year a pathway for lawn bowls to achieve official International Olympic Committee (IOC) Recognition arose when our number of participating member nations was formalised to be in excess of fifty- a minimum requisite criteria
And although there is more work to be done, a meeting last week in Lausanne, Switzerland at IOC headquarters, between senior officials and the world leadership of lawn bowls, saw a hearty welcome, and much positive and respectful reaction to the quality of World Bowls read on from the article from BowlsNZ |
Queensland Bowler sets World Record|
Lawn bowler Shayne Barwick completes 73-hour game to set world record, raises $20,000 for club
A man in outback Queensland has endured blistering sun and heavy rain to set the world record for the longest continuous game of lawn bowls. |
Cloncurry Bowls Club manager Shayne Barwick started on Friday morning and played for 73 hours, rolling his final ball at 10:00am on Monday in front of a cheering crowd of supporters -- read on from the ABC news article
Playing Fours The Lead
This is the first of four articles which look at the advice given on playing traditional fours in the two most important books written on the game. The article gives links to other information and practise routines for the leader.
Advice from R. T. Harrison 'Bowls the Text Book of the Gme: How to become a Champion'
The leader should quickly establish the good playing hand and stick to it|
If your opponent drops short on the good hand don’t change but play through the bowl as if it was not there
Leads should practise throwing the jack and be able to draw it within a few inches of the skippers desired length
A leaders mission is ‘round the kitty’ even if beaten by both bowls: two bowls not too far away give later team members something to work on
On no account try to run the opponent off the kitty or move it to your first bad one
Advice from Glynn Bosisto ‘Bowling Along’
The importance of throwing the jack cannot be emphasized strongly enough. The leader should never depart from a length the team is playing successfully If the jack is bowled correctly the leader can expect to acquire to a surprising extent the actual touch and pace of the green. As an example he says if you roll a practice jack and deliver 4 bowls to it in most cases your first bowl will be the best
The leader will always try to place the vital second bowl to advantage If the first bowl is very close to the jack it is bad for second bowl to be short. Similarly if the opponent puts a bowl on the jack the lead must not be short with a subsequent bowl, but draw a close bowl behind the jack (two to three feet)
If the opponent has drawn a close shot the good leader will definitely NOT start poking at the head
On a windy day it may be better to bowl the wide side and aim to bowl a yard wide, thus giving you a 2 yard margin to allow for wind variations – better than running the risk of a bowl being blown away on the narrow side
A good leader’s bowl is any bowl which is within 15inches of the jack. However jack high bowls are not desirable because they will be moved. Bowls directly behond the head ask to be sat on for the shot The best leader’s bowls are about foot short or long at 45 degrees and between 6 and 18 inches of the jack. Bosisto is a hard task master: the difference between good and jack high is very small
THE BEST LEADER'S BOWLS and some LESS DESIRABLE LEADER'S BOWLS
| Harrison says back bowls are never required from a leader, while Bosisto says a back bowl is desirable if a previous bowl has been placed on the jack (but his standard is high – behind by no more than 2 feet.)|
Both writers probably played in times when the greens were not as reliably good as today, and they place a lot of emphasis on finding the better drawing side and sticking to it.
The case against bowling round the clock is not so strong on modern greens (but it is still valid because why remember the green on both sides when you can perfect it on one). If you have practised on the other side it does make sense to change hands when there is a bowl in your path more than a metre from the jack rather than take the chance of losing that bowl
LINKS TO WEB ITEMS ON LEADING
practice routines from getagameofbowls
excellent article from Modbury Bowling Club
UTUBE video from Nev Rodda
interesting material from Blogspot
Australian Open Entries closing 3rd April
When the Australian Open moved to the Gold Coast a couple of years ago it changed from an elite tournament mostly played by high performance players to a annual Festival of Lawn Bowling entered by bowlers of all levels.
|Read on for more information and on line entries |
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