So­cial bowls a hit

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

So­cial and faster forms of lawn bowls are prov­ing a pop­u­lar way to bring peo­ple to the sport.

Te Awa­mutu Bowl­ing club has long held Busi­nesshouse Bowls on Wed­nes­day nights over sum­mer — a so­cial gath­er­ing with some friendly com­pe­ti­tion thrown in.

Or­gan­iser John Apel­doorn says a full field of 32 teams have reg­is­tered ahead of the open­ing night next Wed­nes­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion runs for five weeks be­fore Christ­mas and five in the New Year — fill­ing both greens each Wed­nes­day evening.

John says he would wel­come a cou­ple more teams to be on standby in case any of the teams pull out — con­tact him on 871 4848.

An­other new ini­tia­tive is So­cial Bowl­s3Five — a quick form of the game based on the pop­u­lar fast for­mat seen on Sky TV.

The evenings will be held on Fri­days — Novem­ber 2, De­cem­ber 14, Fe­bru­ary 1 and March 1 — and costs $15 per team of three for a night.

Teams must be mixed, but don’t have to be reg­is­tered play­ers or be­long to a club.

Teams meet at 5.45pm for play be­tween 6-8pm, fol­lowed a BBQ sausages.

Each team will play two games per evening, a triples game with two bowls each con­sist­ing of two sets of three ends.

Teams can call a power play once per game and dou­ble their end score should they win.

If each team wins a set, the game is de­cided by one tie-break end.

Play­ers just need to wear flat soled shoes — no heals or ser­rated soles on the greens.

To give Bowl­s3Five a go in Te Awa­mutu get you skip’s name onto the board at Te Awa­mutu Bowl­ing Club by 3pm the day be­fore or reg­is­ter with Judy Cato — 871-5388.

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Te Awa­mutu Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Di­ane Sharpe rolls up for a Bowl­s3Five prac­tice, watched by Judy Cato and Chen Naude.

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