I like that there’s something uniquely Aussie about playing lawn bowling – even if it’s just the fact that it gets (much much) better after a few pitchers of low-carb beer.
Unlike American bowling, I think lawn bowling requires a lot more technique; and you’ll notice that each round gets progressively more difficult as you move the white ball either closer to you, or as far away as one step from the gutter. For one, the ball isn’t wholly round – it’s a donut shape. So obviously if you roll it on the wrong end, it’ll flop around and you won’t gain any distance (much less, any level of accuracy). Another thing: one side of the ball is also heavier than the other, so as the ball slows down, it tends to curve towards the heavier side – hence, the need for technique. And it takes time to really learn how to judge the distance and the gradation of the curve.
Just as a minor preface: our Aussie Team has grown to five people in about four months, when it’s been stuck with just two for the past year and a half. My boss flew in from NY to discuss new roles and responsibilities… and, of course, to play some lawn bowling.
And we can’t play lawn bowling without something to munch on! Let’s get ourselves some yummy cajun seasoned potato wedges. Then we can work on those great forms.
Don’t I look like a natural??
I feel like I don’t really need to say it… but my team won =) We did 15 games (best of 3… 5 games a set) and we killed it. Losing team had to take Sambuca shots. I asked the bartender “what the strongest you’ve got behind the bar?” They really didn’t have much of anything so Sambuca it is.
And the entire Aussie Team (minus the jumping guy in the background – haha)…