February 25, 2011

Tiger Bowls 2011 Schedule and Rules of Play

Tiger Bowls 2011 organized by Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Training Centre will be held from March 12th to the 13th, 2011. This tournament is supported by Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association and approved by World Bowls Limited.

All details of the event will are linked below; details include Rules, Groupings, and Schedule.

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Conditions Of Play

TigerBowls 2011 – Hong Kong – Teams – Men

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Teams – Women

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Men’s Day 1 fixture

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Men’s Day 2 fixture

TigerBowls 2011- Hong Kong – Women’s Day 1 fixture

TigerBowls 2011 – Hong Kong – Women’s Day 2 fixture

Note: Representing Canada is GregorBowls very own Greg Wilson. Good luck to all the teams!

February 17, 2011

Pre-delivery… where to begin?

This will be the first of many posts I regurgitate from Coach Lachlan Tighe, who was the coaching consultant of the High Performance Camp for Bowls Canada this past January. As this is the first post with respect to training, I figured the best place to start, is the start. Consistency is the ultimate goal of every bowler, and for consistent results, a consistent delivery is crucial. Now, whether you believe in a pre-delivery (the actions you go through prior to delivering your bowl) or not, you can’t deny that you do go through certain motions before you set your bowl on its path. If you can cut out inconsistency’s in your pre-delivery, your delivery will become much more natural and percentage of successful deliveries will go up. The following is an example, just an example, of a successful pre-delivery very similar to my own.

Pre Delivery Routine

1. Project a line from a chosen bank mark (peg).
2. Visualize the turn of your bowl to the jack.
3. Recall the flight path of your bowl.
4. Take one step onto the mat with your right foot aligned to the middle mat line and your left foot slightly in front of the right. Aim both feet out along the draw line.
5. Use your cloth to rub the bowl and then move it from your left hand to your right hand, checking the bias and making sure the bowl is correctly gripped.
6. Decide on the weight and pendulum height for this delivery.
7. Breathe easily.
8. Execute a slow, easy delivery.
9. Bend your knees to ensure you take your body low and through.
10. Deliver the bowl with the focus of eyes, mind and body on that ‘spot’.
11. Know how many seconds it takes to do your routine.

…know exactly your personal delivery routine, every time!!!

If you are new to the game, I suggest starting here. I’ll bet ya dollars to doughnuts that if you take your pre-delivery seriously you will reap the benefits and pick the game up much more quickly than your peers who haven’t been privy to this post. For those of you who have been playing the game for years and still find that the most consistent thing about your game is your inconsistency, implement this pre-delivery or one similar to it, for every bowl of a 1 hour training session and see what happens.

February 16, 2011

Play Bowls Online!

Play Bowls Online!

Choose your player, country and have an online roll-up! Control your line and weight by left clicking on the arrow next to your players avatar. Release and watch your bowl go! (If you’re new to bowls, the object is to end up with at least 1 of your bowls closer to the white ball than the other team)

February 16, 2011

Bowls Australia – Road to Delhi 2010

Why can’t we get exposure like this in Canada? Imagine this segment airing on TSN or ESPN with the Canadian squad… how much easier would it be to get people to shake off the “old man sport” mentality and get out their and try it for themselves!!

February 15, 2011

Atlantic Championships 2011

The Atlantic Championships 2011 will be held at the Athena Beach Hotel in Pafos Cyprus from October 17-30.  Team Canada has selected the following team to participate in this tier 1 event; Pat Bird, Steve Santana, Steve McKerihen, Alex Scott and Gerorge Whitelaw along with Ladies; Shannon Battles, Mary Ann Beath, Kylah Dittmar, Jean Roney and Erin Roth.  The Championships will offer the ideal opportunity for those countries who have qualified for the World Championships in 2012, to compete  at the highest level against ,the following countries who are eligible to participate ; Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, England, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Malta, Namibia, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States and Wales.

The format of the event is as played at the World Championships, both men’s and women’s teams each consist of 5 players.  These 5 players will split up to play Singles or Fours,  then pairs or triples and all disciplines are played in traditional format.   Good luck to all competitors and to see the incredible venue click the followin link:          http://www.athena-cbh.com/home.php

February 15, 2011

Asia Pacific Championships 2011


The 2011 Asia Pacific Championships for lawn bowls is set to return to Australia in 2011.  Team Canada will consist of Ryan Bester, Mike Bester, Michel Larue, Cary Manns, and (myself) Greg Wilson along with ladies, Marg Lepere, Amanda Berg, Kelly McKerihen, Harriette Pituley, and Jackie Foster! (Team order yet to be announced)  Scheduled for November 26 to December 11, the event will be held at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay bowling clubs, hosts to the 2012 World Championships.  The event will incorporate 23 countries from the Asia Pacific region, with five males and five females representing each country.   Each player will compete in either singles or fours, and pairs or triples.   Medals are awarded to the winners, runners up and semi finals in each discipline.   An overall team trophy is awarded to the country with the best aggregated results in each gender category.  Live streaming of matches over the internet (link to be included at a later date) will occur for six singles and six team matches, with all 12 matches being shown on Australian television in one hour packages.

Countries competing include; Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia,New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Nuie, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.

February 15, 2011

Team Canada Selection – Tiger Bowls / China Open 2011

This year Canada will be sending 4 young Ontarians to China to participate in the 2011 Tiger Bowls in Hong Kong,  and the China Open in Shenzhen China.  “The Boys”  as referred to by coach Lachlan Tighe at this years High Performance Training Camp,  have been training hard both on the greens at the camp,  and off the greens developing a solid gameplan in preperation for the upcoming events.  The average age of this 4’s team is only 24.5 which begs the question…. Who says Lawnbowls is an old man sport???  The Boys will be taking off for Hong Kong on March 9th of this year giving them a day to get used to the greens, and 13 hour time difference prior to play commencing on March 12.  The team :

Lead: Darryl Fitzgerald (30)

Second: Jake Schuknecht (18)

Vice: Dylan Jacobs (19)

Skip: Greg Wilson (29)

I’ll be doing my best to keep the blog up to date while overseas, but due to China’s censorship laws I doubt any results from the China Open will be available until our return home on March 18th.

Rules and Draw to follow.

February 15, 2011

Tiger Bowls / China Open 2011 Invitation

 14th Tiger Bowls World Invitation 2011        

2011 will see the advent of the Tiger Bowls-World Invitation in Hong Kong Tour and China Tour in Shenzhen, China. These prestigious tournaments are endorsed by World Bowls Limited and are poised to become one of the signature events on the international bowls calendar. Our aims are to promote the sport of lawn bowls internationally whilst also increasing the players’ skills through competition against world-class teams. At the same time, we hope to build friendship amongst associations across the globe. 

With this in mind, we want to cordially invite your association to send your national team to participate in these truly world class bowls events.

We look forward to welcoming many top international competitors from  overseas countries including:  Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dubai, England, France, Fiji, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, Kenya, Korea, Macao, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand,  Norfolk  Island, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, Singapore, Spain,  South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Wales, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

The competition will run from 12th to 17th March, 2011. However, we expect that players will arrive at Hong Kong on or before 11th March, 2011 and depart on 18th March 2010. The organizers will arrange transport from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China.    

The airfare costs will be borne by the participants, however, we, as event organizers, will provide hotel accommodation from 11th to 17th March 2010, Meals and transportation between the tournament venue and hotel accommodation will be provided on competition days. Prize presentation dinners will be hosted on Sunday 13th March and on Thursday 17th March 2011.

I should be most grateful if your association would reply to this official invitation by 10th JANUARY 2011. The schedule, play format and other detailed information will be forwarded to you as soon as possible.

 Let us enjoy the bowling experience and atmosphere together in the Tiger Bowls World Invitation. We very much look forward to welcoming your team.

 Yours in Bowls,

Jacky Wong

President, Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Training Centre

Chairman of Organizing Committee, Chinese Multi-Bowls Association