Inventor bowls ’em over
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.