Jack says abide by the rules, if that doesn’t suit then this is not the game for you.

Rules and regulations are made to be broken? Jack say’s “Hell No”!

What is the point in having rules and regulations if some feel they are above  said rules and regulations breach them at their leisure.
There are not a lot but it only takes one and for all those good people abiding by the book, how’s it fair on them?

At the end of the day, lawn bowls is a sport and is meant to be played in the spirit of good sportsmanship, if it isn’t then what’s the point playing at all.

But let’s not tar everyone with the same brush, Jack enjoys the odd game played within the boundaries of good sportsmanship but more importantly, with good friends which includes friendly banter and plenty of laughs.

When the game is done and dusted, if you didn’t enjoy playing, win or lose, then you really need to ask yourself …. “Is this the game for me”?

Think about it!



  1. I have suspected for a long time that some clubs substitute their players in the C of C events illegally! Put an end to it Bowls Wellington.

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  3. I think it is high time clubs enforced the no smoking rule on and around greens. If a player is playing he or she should not be smoking. No exceptions.

    1. I agree, I'm fed up with having to breathe in second hand smoke...disgusting!!! Ban it now on and around greens!!!

    2. Yes, and as a beginner I have to remember not to let my shadow fall across the head AND be upwind of the smokers! Not always easy, but at least their smoke lets me see the wind direction (wide side).

    3. Bowls is the only sport that lets smoking take place around the immediate event. Rugby - No, Tennis - No, Swimming - No, Softball - No, Basketball - No, Netball - No. Why should bowls be any different. Ban it everywhere except designated smoking areas. This should be taken more seriously!

  4. I agree with Jack.....rules and regulations are necessary and support/guide people to communicate and interact appropriately. The rules and regulations should not be manipulated in any way to benefit a particular individual or group whatever the reason.

    I can recall a conversation I overheard in regard to the champion of champion singles 2017. Due to inclement weather, the date was changed and players became unavailable. The idea to substitute the unavailable champion of champion singles player was discussed. The reasoning around this decision being "change of date...No Club representative...unfair".
    Whilst I sympathize with Bowling Club in this situation, I don't agree with the opinion to substitute a singles player. I've known for the last 25 years, that if I participate in championship singles and win, I must be available to play the champion of champions singles. The rules are clear around substitution and inclement weather.

  5. As a junior bowler and a part of the Hutt Valley rep squad I was dissapointed that the 1-5 Quad was cancelled due to weather. As there was no rescheduled date for this season gone would it be possible ( Bowls Wgtn ) to schedule this as a season opener for 2017/2018. What a wonderful start to next season if we could play this at the new Naenae facility promoting bowls to prospective new bowlers contemplating taking up bowls. I know for me I wish I had discovered bowls sooner. What do you think Bowls Wgtn?

    1. Hi Peter,
      As I'm sure you are aware, we can't control the weather unfortunately. While we sympathise with your position, unfortunately there are a lot of variables that come into play when rescheduling events such as availability of greens, availability of players. The event also involves more than 1 centre so it isn't as easy as it sounds.
      Thanks for your comments and good luck for next season.
      Bowls Wellington.


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