Why isn’t lawn bowls your favourite sport?

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    Now I know some of you may laugh at this article. Fair enough too. Bowls, for years, has been the butt of everyone’s jokes.

    Only old people play it, they say. But why do people detest the sport so much? Is it because of the uniforms they play in?

    Well, that’s an interesting point when you consider my club Queanbeyan states that you can wear casual clothes for social games during the week, and the only time you have to wear whites is on Saturday and during tournaments. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

    If playing serious isn’t for you, you can still play in a relaxing environment and enjoy others’ company. So what else turns people off the sport?

    Maybe it has to do with how the rules are worded and the strict way the game should be played. I can understand how some people see the rules as restricting, but you must remember that the sport was founded on harsh disciplinarians that had a set way of thinking.

    Compared to most other sports, the cost of playing the sport is minimal. You can play a game of socials and spend only $5 for the green fee, and $20 for food and drinks. And you don’t even need to pay for the bowls to start with! You can use club bowls and practise using them.

    Sports like AFL and soccer require equipment and money to sign up, whereas for most bowls clubs, if you are social members, it can cost a maximum of $30 to sign up.

    The social benefits of the sport can not be underestimated. The way bowls brings people from different backgrounds together is unique in itself. Everyone is on an even keel and I think that’s why people get addicted to the sport. It allows people to compete with anyone, as long as you focus and enjoy the game.

    There’s many sports out there right now. And each one of them is struggling to get new people to play them. The last year in Australian sport has been horrific, with codes like the AFL, NRL and cricket showing poor governance and slurry cultures.

    Lawn Bowls is one sport that still has integrity and honour at its forefront.

    Why not try it? You might love it!

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    • September 12th 2013 @ 9:08am
      Fivehole said | September 12th 2013 @ 9:08am | ! Report

      I played in high school for a year and quite enjoyed it. Only problem was you don’t really get any exercise or blow off any steam. I’ll go back to it when i’m old and creaky though for sure.

    • Roar Rookie

      September 12th 2013 @ 9:46am
      Sledgeross said | September 12th 2013 @ 9:46am | ! Report

      My plan was to take it up fair dinkum when I hit 40 and aim for a Commonwealth games spot. That way I fulfill my dream of wearing an Australian tracksuit!

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      September 12th 2013 @ 6:53pm
      no show said | September 12th 2013 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

      Very underrated sport

      For some strange reason the greens are always very close to a bar 🙂

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      September 13th 2013 @ 12:30pm
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | September 13th 2013 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

      When I was a kid in the country we used to have an annual bowls tournament between the tennis club and cricket club to determine which sport was superior. It was great fun and most certainly a game that you deride at your peril.

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