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    I have recently had the pleasure of joining the Tiger Tour to Hong Kong and China. While there I made contact with bowlers from 17 countries. Most of them run national open and other tournaments at which they would welcome overseas visitors. I decided to insert a section for international tours at the top of the main page of getagameofbowls. This will appear in the next couple of weeks

    Before November 2017 the highest number of current tournaments ever listed on Getagame was 250. With the help of Amanda and Kevin from Bowls Therapy, who visited many clubs in SA and Victoria and sent me photos of the tournament brochures displayed, the total number of games went up to
    635 on 8th January. The number has now dropped to 363 as games have been played in those states. I welcome emails from you with photos of brochures attached.

    There are 832 weekly social games listed. This newsletter exists because the social game listings are permanent and I like to remind you to check that the conditions listed for those games for *|CLUB|* are still accurate.

    Good Bowling
    Bob Tuck

    Getagame Gazette
    volume 3 no 1 March 2018

    Articles In This Edition
  • How Many Bowlers are there in Australia
  • Promote Bowls with This Short Video
  • The Bowls Clubhouse for Videos on the Game
  • Lawn Bowls Lunacy - a 10 question trivia quiz
  • All systems go as teams confirmed for BPL07
  • More Bowls on SBS in 2018

  • How Many Bowlers are there in Australia

    Morgan Poll says 545,000, Bowls Australia says 671,000

    Two years ago I wrote about the numbers playing bowls in gggazette4
    (Mainstream Media Under-rates Lawn Bowls)

    For this edition I decided to see if the numbers had changed and I found two sources
  • From bowls Australia their snapshot of the sport of bowls in Australia tells us that there are 671,316 participants, with 439,000 (65%) aged over 60.
  • A new Morgan poll published on Feb 18th 2018 shows that bowls is the 13th most popular sport in Australia with 545,000 participants, Six million Australians make Swimming ‘Number 1 Sport

    There are some reasons why the Morgan Poll possibly underrates Bowls.

  • The top few sports are recreational
    "There are several other popular Australian sports with high participation levels. Jogging, marathons, athletics and track & field participation numbers are well over 4.3 million and cycling and mountain biking has nearly 3.1 million Australian participants.
    The top three sports listed, swimming, athletics and mountain biking may possibly have less participants in regular competition than bowls

  • I believe that surveys tend to underestimate the number of older people in Australia. I have been on panels for such surveys and the top age group is usually 'over 60' This group is now larger than any 10 year grouping. This will mean that in a sample survey the number of over 60 people included will be lower than it should be - hence reducing the estimate for bowls.

  • Most of the sports with more participants than bowls have very large numbers of junior participants. It is hard to find figures for the total number of juniors playiong bowls but we all know it is very low - probably less than 1%. If is good that 39,000 participated in school groups.

  • The figures shown are encouraging for those organizing the sport, since the number playing social is still increasing faster than the number of club members is decreasing. However some changes in the way the game is organized may help in converting social players into club members

    Perhaps we should
  • Shorten the games - over two hours is not acceptable for the modern 40-60 year olds
  • Offer pennant games in formats other than fours

  • My club recently organized a 'pro-am' night where two regular pennant players were placed in teams with two 'night owl' players. I played with two fortysomethings who were very talented and love their weekly game, but have good family reasons why they could not join pennant bowls for at least another ten years. Both indicated that a two hour pennant game on Friday nights would interest them.

    The older bowls community have to accept that bowls is
    'A game for all ages, mostly played by older people, but played better by younger participants' and be thankful that our fast Australian greens allow us to keep playing the game we love

    Promote Bowls with This Short Video

    from Bowls Canada

  • It is short and to the point and could be used on clubhouse displays

  • The Bowls Clubhouse for videos on the game

    Watch hours of archival matches and video content, as well as members-only offers, for FREE! The Bowls Clubhouse is free to join and will revolutionise how Bowls is delivered to fans, members and participants into the future! To get full use you need to register - this is easy and free
    find it here

    Lawn Bowls Lunacy - a 10 question trivia quiz

    from Fun Trivia

    There are three ten minute trivia quizes and at least one answer all Australians will have to google!

    All systems go as teams confirmed for BPL07

    The Bowls Premier League (BPL) is set to return bigger and better in 2018 for its seventh instalment across the television screens of Australia and New Zealand.

    From April 23 to 26, the eight BPL licensed teams will descend on the Naenae Bowling Club in Lower Hutt, New Zealand and battle it out for the $100,000 prize pool.

    Each night of the tournament will be broadcast LIVE both in Ausatralia and New Zealand via Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sport NZ respectively.

    read on

    More Bowls on SBS in 2018

    Some good news from Bowls Australia came in an email when this newsletter was ready to go

    "The sport of bowls will enjoy increased free-to-air television coverage in 2018, with Bowls Australia and SBS today announcing the continuation of their successful partnership for a further year, with additional broadcast content."

    read on


    Each time you receive this newsletter would you

  • Check that all your weekly social games are listed and make sure that the information shown is still accurate. Where social games change with the season it is best to edit them when they change

  • Make sure that any tournaments planned by your club have been listed.

  • You can list your weekly social games as tournaments each week. This will give them better exposure in your state. When doing this you can show your prizemoney and sponsor if you have one. Once you have listed the first game you can list subsequent weeks with only 3 clicks. You can do this and have the games listed both as weekly social and in the list of tournaments.

  • Editing and Partial Listing of Tournaments

  • You can now edit tournaments by going to the bottom of the entry page where it gives you a list of all tournaments previously entered by your club. You can change any of the details except the date.

  • If you know the date, the type of tournament and the expected prizemoney (eg Fours Men (2 day) 21st March 2018 $3000. you could partially list the game and put put something like Please reserve the dates, more details later in the special conditions box

  • If you also know the sponsors name and the tournament deserves state or nation featuring (usually state $2000 or more, national $5000 or more your choice) you could do this at the incomplete stage and give your sponsor much more exposure in the state and national featured lists

  • Add 'Find a Club' to your Favourites

    The 'find a club' section of get a game provides your quickest possible means of finding the phone number and location of any club in Australia - it is well worthwhile to have that link in your favorites

    It also provides links to 995 clubs with web sites and 187 clubs which have a facebook page and no web site


    If you were not on the mailing list for previous newsletters you can see them from these links

    December 2017
  • Do bowling arms provide too much help?
  • Playing the Positions (The skipper)
  • Titles used when describing Tournaments

  • August 2017
  • Bowls in the Coff Harbour Region
  • Playing the Positions (The third)
  • Beating the Big Driver
  • Advertising your club or sponsor on your pages

  • May 2017
  • Singles Tournaments at Clubs
  • Playing the Positions (The Second)
  • Bowls Show Has Returned Bigger and Better

  • March 2017
  • Quest for "Olympic Dream" draws closer
  • Queensland Bowler Sets World Record
  • Playing Fours :The Lead
  • Australian Open Entries closing 3rd April

  • December 2016
  • Would You Like to Play Bowls in China?
  • How Do You Get The Weight?
  • The Lawn Bowls Movies
  • Entering Pennant Results Accurately

  • August 2016
  • The Great Lawn Bowls Instructional Books
  • How Do You Get The Green
  • Five games like lawnbowls you could try this summer
  • Whch is the Most Important Shot in Lawn Bowls

  • July 2016
  • Law Change Discourages Oldest and Newest Pennant Players
  • The Australian Open - A Fabulous Event
  • The rise of the South Australian men
  • A snapshot of the sport of bowls in Australia
  • The History of Lawn Bowls and its equipment

  • April 2016
  • Tiger Tour : Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong and China Open in Shenzhen
  • On Line Bowls Magazines
  • The Role of Skipper: articles by Cameron Curtis and Tony Alcock
  • Tournament Software which does the draw and prints the cards
  • YouTube Coaching Directory Updated

  • February2016
  • Bushfire disaster hits two clubss
  • The Shooter Stance - great for many bowlers and a helpful for dumpers
  • An IMG report can show who has qualified for finals
  • A monthly television show on bowls

  • December 2015
  • Mainstream Media Under-rates Lawn Bowls
  • The New Order in Lawn Bowls
  • Six new Games for Team Practise
  • How to Put the Stickers on Your Bowls
  • The Mathematics Of Narrow Bowls

  • October 2015
  • 2015 Rule Change Altered Two Shots
  • Gambling Spreads to Lawn Bowls
  • Injuries from Lawn Bowls
  • Profitable Singles Tournaments
  • When did bowlers start running down the green?

  • August 2015
  • A Politician's View of Lawn Bowls
  • How do you use the width of the mat to get around a bowl
  • Lawn Bowls and YouTube - 30 coaching videos indexed

  • June 2015
  • What is a Skins Tournament
  • The health benefits of Bowls
  • Did Crackerjack Change the Bias of Australians About Lawn Bowls?