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    Articles In This Edition
  • Casual Players at *|CLUB|* Bowling Club: A Survey
  • Bowls Currently Getting the Best Television Exposure Ever
  • Roll Back the Clock -boost physical activity rates fpr ages 65 or more


  • How is Bowls presented to Casual Players at Your Club?

    Getagameofbowls.com allows any club to easily advertise its regular weekly events on the site. Most of these events are something like ‘Tuesday three bowl pairs 1.30pm single entry $8'.

    Traditionally these games would be open to any playing member of your club and any visiting full member of a bowling club anywhere in the world.
    This was normally a privilege which came with paying for full membership of your club, but in many cases now seems to be ignored.

    Across Australia there are now more people playing social bowls of some type than there are club members The Bowls Australia census has shown this for some years.
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  • In South Australia where poker machines are rare in bowling clubs, a new form of the game developed about 25 years ago.

  • This is called Night Owls and involves people, not usually a playing member of the club, bowling weekly for most of the summer season in a competition for teams of self-selected fours. The game is in mufti and the teams made up their own names.

    Most SA clubs would agree that the playing fees and bar taking from Night Owls is an extremely important contributor to the club’s financial viability.

  • Last year I was talking to a Queensland club and realized that they had never heard of this concept. They did have barefoot bowls which appeared to be much more casual than night owls.

  • I believe that it would be useful to find out how this bowls for ‘social members’ is organized across Australia so that the good ideas of clubs can be shared. Hence the survey, the results of which will be in the next gggazette

  • If you have a system which works but does not fit the options in the survey please include it. It could save a club somewhere from insolvency. Please complete the survey

    SOCIAL BOWLS SURVEY


  • Best Bowls Television Exposure Ever

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    It is wonderful that thanks to SBS, 7TWO and Fox Sports we are currently seeing our sport on television in many ways

  • The Australian Open had two days of four hours last week on both SBS and Fox

  • The new Ultimate Bowls Championship gave us seven high quality one hour shows on both 7TWO and Fox Sports. These telecast were were so good to watch that I hope they might be able include the round of 16 from future tournaments- resulting in 15 shows from each of their three events per year. Find out more about UBC

  • Each version of the Bowls Premier league offers a long afternoon and evening for four days on fox

  • The Bowls Show on SBS now takes matches from the Premier League, the Australian Open, the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships in a full hour on winter Sunday afternoons on SBS, repeated later on fox Sports

  • The World Bowls Challenge, announced jointly in January by World Bowls and Bowls Australia, will feature Australia v Rest of the World in an exciting ten-a-side format played from November 29-30 2019, with the action from both nights broadcast live on Fox Sports.

  • A wider range of games are often streamed directly from events to an increasing audience. All UBC events are livestreamed through the 7Plus app, Kayo and UBC’s website and Facebook page.

    We all hope that these shows may be introducing the game to large numbers of new people like Jack High did in the past.

    As a bowls coach my youngest ever client was a four year old whose obsession was watching Jack High every Saturday afternoon, but had never seen a bowling club. In his first session with indoor bowls I was amazed that he could tell me why you put chalk on a toucher. He played night owls with a family team when 7 and pennant when 10 but other sports intervened. I hope he will return to bowls sometime soon.

    What are the problems with keeping casual viewers watching the game

  • The telecasts should not be too long. The 60 minutes of the UBC or the bowls show is ideal.

  • The commentators should not presume that most viewers know the rules and the system of scoring. When we complete an end we tend to do so very quickly. In telecast games that stage need to be slowed down so that the commentators can explain why the shots are given. If at all possible telecasts should include the insertion of a set of circles over the head so the viewers can see the result easily.(as was done on Jack High)
  • The Ultimate Bowls telecast was the best bowls for television that I have ever seen. It uses a fantastic but complicated system of scoring as shown here.

    The only fault of the telecast was that the scores on each end need to be better explained, perhaps with the help of showing the venue scoreboard after each score.
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  • The bowls played by each team should be the same colour. UBC and Premier League achieve this, but it is a problem for the Australian Open.

    At the Commonwealth games the fours were telecast but the different bowls made it difficult for bowlers to follow the game and turned off the non bowlers.

    If the team colours are right, triples and fours should be the most interesting games to watch.

    At last we are doing it better than we did with Jack High.

    Keep it up Bowls Australia and other contributors.







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  • 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


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    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





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  • The Modern Etiquette of Bowls

  • September 2018
  • Update *|CLUB|* ’s listings on Getagame
  • Could Laser Measuring be Used For Bowls
  • Ultimate Bowls Championship Fun Fast and Fresh with $500000 prizemoney
  • The Modern Etiquette of Bowls


  • July 2018
  • Update *|CLUB|* ’s listings on Getagame
  • Advertise *|CLUB|* Bowling Club or its major sponsor
  • The Bowls Clubhouse for Videos on the Game
  • Commonwealth Games Shirt Auction
  • South Australian Super League Prompts Media Interest


  • March 2018
  • 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

  • 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?