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Barefoot Bowls – Tips & Etiquette

It’s that beautiful time of the year again – no more frosty mornings, just long balmy afternoons that run well into the evening, perfectly suited for sipping a cold one while catching up on the latest from your mates.

And what better activity is there for doing this than lawn bowls? Unlike other Club games like darts and pool, bowls is played outside in the fresh air with all the rays of sunshine and cool breeze that come with it.

Now is the most popular time for bowls at the RUC, and we see a lot of first-timers try their hand at one of Australia’s most played sports. We love welcoming new players to the game, and you’ll often find that some of the more experienced bowlers are all too happy to share their wisdom with beginners over a few frothy ends.

With all the sunshine and wet weather this spring, our greenskeeper has been doing an incredible job maintaining our beautiful surface. Greenskeeping is an art, and often one that is only noticed when it’s done poorly, so we have put together some tips and etiquette to not only ensure all bowlers have a great time, but also to support the maintenance of our fine greens.

  • Although it’s called ‘barefoot bowls’ other flat-soled shoes, such as thongs and sandals, are absolutely acceptable. Please respect our rule that heels and shoes with tread are not to be worn as they will damage the greens.
  • There is no eating or drinking permitted on the actual greens themselves, food and beverages are fine on the surrounds of the greens. Food and drinks dropped on the lawn can cause the grass to die, and broken glass is dangerous to bare feet and the greenskeeper’s machinery.
  • In barefoot bowls, driving of the bowls (bowling with force to knock other bowls out of play) is a big no-no. You can damage the bowls and the plinth, interfere with other people’s games, or even run break someone’s ankle. Bowls is a game of finesse, and it’s a better time for everyone when players are trying to play their best game rather than trying to disrupt the opposition. Be nice, play fair and everyone will have a great time.
  • It’s important to bowl from both ends of the green. We work hard to ensure that our greens are kept in tip-top shape, and bowling from both ends means that the grass stays even and there is no need to “bowl the bowls back” to one end only or collect them after each end. Want to hear a piece of wisdom from a wise old bowler? If you buy two drinks, you can leave one at each end for maximum convenience!
  • Bowl from as low to the ground as possible. Lobbing or chucking the bowl is not only bad for the greens, but it also won’t be as accurate or effective.
  • Sitting on the edge of the green is not permitted. Placing your feet on the edge of the grass may cause the edge of the green to break away, damaging the surface, plus a wayward bowl could come cannonballing at your ankle when you’re not paying attention. There are plenty of chairs and benches surrounding the greens for punters to sit back and relax.
  • Always bowl with a mat to avoid scuffing the grass at the point of delivery.

When everyone follows these rules, we’re able to maintain the great natural surface that players love bowling on. The most important thing for us at the RUC is that bowlers bring a good attitude to the game and respect other players.

If you want to find out more about the rules, or if you want some more tips, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff. We’re more than happy to show you the ropes and explain the game if it’s your first time, so don’t be shy!

Check out our Barefoot Bowls page to find out about all our members’ bowls specials or to book your spot on one of our greens.

JACK ATTACK IS COMING TO THE RUC

If you’re looking for a fun way to get into lawn bowls, then Jack Attack is for you! Think of it like the T20 of lawn bowls – fast, exciting, and easy to understand. Grab a team of mates or work colleagues and join us once a week on Wednesdays in February for 90 minutes of bowls action.

Teams of 3 or 4 (with substitutions allowed) will play off over four rounds on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th of February, with game being played between 6-7:30pm.

Teams will play two sets of five and with games usually lasting a little over an hour, this is perfect for those of us that don’t have hours of free time to commit.

To register your team, call Cal Walters on 0438419973, email cannorthbowls@bigpond.com, or come in and pick up a registration form from the reception desk at the RUC.

An entry fee of $120 per team is payable on registration, and there will be weekly prizes and a free barbeque on the final night of competition.

Please pay registration fees to BSB 032729, account number 286302 and email a notification to cannorthbowls@bigpond.com

So no matter whether you’re new to bowls, looking for an excuse to let your competitive side come out, or just want a low time-commitment excuse to catch up with your friends after work – Jack Attack is your answer!

Holidays are us

Summer evenings at the RUC

 

We’re all going on a summer holiday…

Well, most of us are, in some form or another. What’s in it for you this year? Will it be heading to the coast? An overseas trip maybe? Or perhaps you’re hanging out at home enjoying the extra hours of sunshine and glorious warm summer Canberra evenings?

If you’re the latter, we’ve totally got you covered during the summer holidays. Read more