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  • Ultimate Bowls Championship FUN FAST FABULOUS


    In December I had a short holiday at Echuca-Moama and watched the UBC two day bowls event. If you don’t know what the UBC is here is some information.

    The Ultimate Bowls™ Championship is the most lucrative bowls event in the world, with a record prize pool of $500,000, as well as a broadcast package that allows us to showcase our great game through 22 countries around the world. The UBC is a pairs event; however, all teams consist of three players who rotate during each event. read more

    The UBC is the best medium since Crackerjack to promote our game to a wider audience. It is also a great event to watch first hand. Spectators and the TV viewers are helped by the use of set bowls colours. Every game is between orange bowls and blue bowls and these colours are used on the impressive large screen tv scoreboards for each rink.

    Team bowls events are much better to watch than singles but have been rarely televised because of the mixture of bowls with coloured stickers which are not easy to see.

    The Moama event involved 70 players and included about 70% of the world’s best bowlers. In the early rounds we were able to watch across a green where 4 or 5 games were in progress. It was continuous action. You could be watching a head building up, look away for a few seconds at some action on another rink, and the initial head would no longer be there because of a thunderous drive.

    Each game takes about 25 minutes for 5 ends of 3 bowl pairs. These players do not really need any help to bowl well. However in an important simplification used by UBC there is a spot about half way up the line at each end with the mat placed over the spot and the jack placed on the spot. This speeds up the game and means that every end in the tournament starts at the same length, resulting in many very tight ends. Apparently one lead player scored 9 touchers out of 15 bowls in one game.

    On the TV rink the interest is high. Each 25 minute game in the finals has been made into a one hour television show which you will be able to see free to air on 7TWO on Sunday afternoons at 2.00pm from February 9th. It will also be shown on Fox Sports

    If you are planning a holiday it would be worthwhile to include one of the 2020 UBC events, Warilla, Deer Park or Moama.



    I pay $50 for AFL and $25 for BBL tickets. UBC is free, it is more exciting, and you can sit 5 metres from the action!


    Bowls Coaching Videos

    For one of the early gggazettes I prepared a library of bowls coaching videos. See it here.




    Individual practice – 100 bowl routine for all bowlers

    I am a firm believer in the necessity for individual practice for bowlers. Why?

    This 100 bowl routine will take you little more than one hour - and can count towards your fitness regime For the first 60 bowls follow this routine WEIGHT CONTROL INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE using jacks as the longest markers.

    For the remaining 40 bowls set up for practising yard on shots (see circuits routine 5)

    You could use some additional markers for this, but you can do it with jack high markers 20cm from the jack and another 60cm behind on a 45 degree angle which is the spot on the green you are drawing to. Weight is very important in these show where your aim is to finish anywhere from 15cm short of the jack to 1 metre through Go up and back 5 times, varying the mat position. I usually do a few drives or back draws during this time.

    If you do this regularly
    (for about ten years) you should notice some change for the better. Only joking - do it a few times and your weight control will definitely improve!!



    Latest Inside Bowls Magazine Now Online

    THE February 2020 edition of Inside Bowls , official magazine of World Bowls, is now available to read online FREE of charge. This site provides a remarkable amount of information about our game and is well worth inclusion in your favourites