Jack Shares the thoughts of a Concerned Bowler

The comments below are not those of Jack and/or Bowls Wellington.

Playing and watching Bowls (Thinking outside the square).
Having seen darts competitions on TV, and seeing the enormous cheering noisy crowd of spectators, and then to compare the polite restrained clapping at an international game of bowls, is it any wonder that we are losing members?
This immediately brought to mind something I read in a club handbook which, in referring to etiquette, read; “When watching a match, always observe strict neutrality. Advice or criticism must not be given. Barracking is Bad Form”.
Imagine if this also applied to other sports such as rugby matches, netball, DARTS etc., who would bother turning up to watch? Why should lawn bowls be watched in virtual silence? Far as I know, the only other competition watched in silence is the game of CHESS!
Isn’t it time bowls and bowlers caught up with the modern world of sports and ENCOURAGED crowd participation at bowls matches? It's all about creating ATMOSPHERE if we want the game to progress! Or do we want to continue having the image of a lot of boring old farts? Bowls must be the only game that is sponsored by retirement homes and funeral parlours!  Our sport is dying, we need a NEW IMAGE!
 If we want the game of Lawn Bowls to progress, we need to foster the enjoyment of spectators watching the game. We need NOISE! CHEERING! And yes, BARRACKING! In plain words, we need to inject EXCITEMENT into watching a game. I’m firmly of the opinion that this could even LIFT the contestants in their game, and encourage younger people onto our greens.

It’s time to start thinking outside the square if we want the sport to grow.


  1. I have always wondered why everything is sooo quiet at bowls too. I agree wholeheartedly - make some noise people, enjoy the spirit of the game!!!

  2. Excited spectator

    Yes.....I agree with allowing the spectators to feel and express excitment and joy. Its an unnatural reaction to sit quietly for hours on end. As a relatively young player, and member of a very sporty family, its very difficult and unnatural to be restrained from excitment. More!!!happy noise please.


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