In­ven­tor bowls ’em over

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport - By Scott Mor­gan

Ten months ago an in­jury sus­tained on a build­ing site left Luke Crease un­able to work.

But the Waterview res­i­dent de­cided to make the most of his en­forced lay­off by de­vel­op­ing an al­ter­na­tive form of lawn bowls.

“I wasn’t do­ing any­thing and could hardly move, so I de­cided to try to get the game out there.”

He came up with the idea for Roa Out­back Bowls a num­ber of years ago while sit­ting on a beach in the Philip­pines where he lived for some time.

And af­ter fi­nal­is­ing the game’s rules, he says it wasn’t a hard de­ci­sion to name the game af­ter his daugh­ter Roa.

“I de­cided on Roa be­cause I wanted to give it a Kiwi name to go with the out­back part.”

The game in­volves us­ing three larger “scud” bowls to knock 12 coloured “tar­get” bowls, ini­tially lo­cated in the cen­tre of the mat, into other ar­eas to gain points.

If a scud bowl is knocked into the “out­back” or out of bounds off the mat the player loses the right to use it.

Af­ter get­ting a pro­to­type mat and bowls made up, Crease in­tro­duced the sport to mem­bers of the Avon­dale Bowl­ing Club.

Mem­ber Bryce Mackie says it’s a chal­leng­ing game to play.

“Once you get the hang of it you get bet­ter and bet­ter. It’s quite tac­ti­cal.”

And Roa Crease isn’t afraid to take on her dad, beat­ing him on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Bowl­ing club pres­i­dent Rob­bie Finn says the game has great po­ten­tial be­cause it can be played in the clu­b­rooms dur­ing win­ter.

“We don’t play out­doors a lot in the win­ter. Some of the peo­ple are quite in­ter­ested and have been hav­ing a bit of a look.”

Crease says he hopes to have pro­duc­tion for the first batch of games un­der way by June. He also plans to take the game to other bowl­ing clubs and lo­cal schools.

To find out more con­tact Luke Crease on 021-132-8681.

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