volume 1 no 6 April 2016
|ARTICLES IN THIS EDITIONTiger Tour : Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong and China Open in Shenzhen On Line Bowls MagazinesThe Role of SkipperA snapshot of the sport of bowls in Australia
The History of Lawn Bowls and its equipment |
|The Tiger Tour|
china bowls opening ceremony
Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong and China Open in Shenzhen
During March I was privileged to take part in the Tiger Tour. For World Bowls 2012, my club, Brighton SA, hosted the China team and we were invited by them to send teams to the Tiger tour. We have now taken part three times, but this year we sent only a team of 4 men aged 65 to 74. The Tiger Tour is unusual in that it includes both national and club teams.
Tiger BowlsFor men the tiger tournament in Hong Kong involved about 80 teams with 60 from Hong Kong and 20 from other countries while for women there were 36 teams with 8 internationals. It was played using the wonderful Tiger skins scoring system (described here) which keeps the interest of teams which lose games in early rounds. I strongly recommend that clubs consider using this system for any two day tournament. It also works well for a one day with three or four games and a final .|
Finals on a wet night at Craigengower Cricket Club in the middle of Hong Kong
|Bisjhan Park- a beautiful place. From the park you could see a 60 story building under construction and many 40 story apartment blocks
The China Open
After two days in Hong Kong we moved to Shenzheng where we played the three day China Open, played at Bijshan Part, a huge park in the middle of this city of 18 million people There were 30 men’s teams and 10 Women’s teams, about half international. Some nations had more than one team. There were only three club teams (including us)
Tiger Tour Incidentals
The fee for the tour was very reasonable as it included 7 nights, all meals and transfers. We were outclassed, but were pleased to avoid the wooden spoon and a whitewash in any of the 21 games of 8 ends
Team selection varied – many countries picked sides from expressions of interest from ranked players, with players paying their way. England and Canada supported teams of very strong young men. The world standard for outside greens for club use has them at 10-12 seconds (except Aust, NZ, SA). Unfortunately early March was very wet and the greens were nowhere near that fast! To reach the head you needed to deliver a bowl which would be a very fast drive on most Australian greensThis year we were the only Australian club on the tour. They would welcome a couple more teams – let me know if your club is interestedWe had a great time and made many friends. To see a lot more photos and the full results go to
On Line Bowls Magazines
Inside Bowls is produced for World Bowls and mainly concentrates on international bowling events.
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Bowls International is a magazine with an emphasis on GB news but many good articles on all aspects of the game. It is expensive for a digital mag at $5.99 for a single issue of $44 for a year
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Pitchcare is a magazine for Greenkeepers, produced in UK so their diaries are six months out!
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Bowls Plus Queensland is a glossy, upmarket magazine covering all facets of the bowling community.
It is packed with features including travel, well-being, health and retirement along with general news and articles for the over-50s market. Delivered free to bowling clubs, libraries, retirement centres and doctors' waiting rooms in Queensland. Click on the image
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The Role of Skipper
Two highly respected coaches give their advice
A snapshot of the sport of bowls in Australia
From bowls Australia -
A single page with a lot of information about the current state of our sport
The History of Lawn Bowls and its equipment
If you want to read more about the history of our sport and the equipment we use this series of articles gives a lot of information about the roots of the game and the development of the bowls we use
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Mainstream Media Under-rates Lawn BowlsThe New Order in Lawn BowlsSix new Games for Team PractiseHow to Put the Stickers on Your BowlsThe Mathematics Of Narrow Bowls
A Politician's View of Lawn BowlsHow do you use the width of the mat to get around a bowlLawn Bowls and YouTube - 30 coaching videos indexed
2015 Rule Change Altered Two ShotsGambling Spreads to Lawn BowlsInjuries from Lawn BowlsProfitable Singles TournamentsWhen did bowlers start running down the green?
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