Two thumbs up for Barefoot Bowls
Saturday, 2nd November, 2019
By Myles Burt
Barefoot Bowls has begun at the North Broken Hill Bowling Club as a way of enticing more young people to the game.
The game is being held every Wednesday night, and club member Charlie Sultana said they hoped it would enjoy the same success as it had in the big cities where young people were playing lawn bowls for the fun of it.
“Just have a good fun day and relax a bit too,” Mr Sultana said.
“A lot of laughter goes on because someone might have a real good shot or a not so good shot.
“Like any sort of social get together, it’s what you make of it yourselves.”
Mr Sultana hopes the Barefoot Bowls nights will get young people into taking up the game as a sport. Most of the best lawn bowls players in Australia were very young, he said.
Only a few nights ago a 14 year-old-girl played an 18-year-old girl for an Australian Title.
“People say ‘I’m not old enough’ but you don’t have to wait till you’re old, you’re better off when you’re young,” Mr Sultana said.
“The champions of Australia are all young people in lawn bowls.
“It’s a sport where you don’t have to train real hard, you’re not out busting your gut every Tuesday or Thursday or whenever.”
With a new Irish turf bowling green installed at the North this year and a beautifully maintained turf, Mr Sultana said people will be playing on some of the best lawn bowls greens in the country.
“Best turf that you’ll find anywhere, comparable to anywhere else in Australia even,” he said.
“We’ve had people from all around Australia here to play on it, and they say how good it is.
“It’s a credit to the people who’ve worked on it and got it to where it is. It’s a struggle with the drought and everything and they’ve done a great job to get it where it is.”
The Barefoot Bowls nights will consist of teams of three playing eight ends. Each event will be held weekly on Wednesday at the North Broken Hill Bowling Club in Proprietary Square at 6:30pm.
WHAT: Barefoot Bowls Night.
WHEN: 6:30pm, every Wednesday.
WHERE: North Broken Hill Bowls Club, Proprietary Square.