Lawn Bowls (aka ‘bowls’ and ‘lawn bowling’) is an outdoor/indoor target sport played on a flat surface of natural grass, artificial turf or carpet (known as a ‘bowling green’) with balls (called ‘bowls’) that are specifically designed to travel a curved path when rolled on the bowling green.  It’s origins can be traced to a 13th century game played in Britain, and there are many different formats and variations of the sport played today in over 40 countries.  However, all are based on a simple premise — roll your ‘bowl’ closest to the target and have fun!  Here are some basics of singles competition:

Two people play against each other in singles.  Players are called bowlers.

At the start, a target (called a ‘jack’) is rolled by the winner of a coin toss.

Players then each take turns bowling a set number of bowls.  After each ‘end’ (when all players have bowled), the players then bowl back in the opposite direction.

A ‘shot’ is scored for every bowl that rests closest to the jack.  The first bowler to reach 21, 25 or 31 shots (as decided by local rules) is the winner.


Introduction to the Sport, The Int’l Federation for the Sport of Bowls
Learn to Bowl, Bowls USA



The Greater Shepparton region of Australia hosts men and women bowlers from around the world at the 2018 Steeler Victorian Open during eight days of competition, including singles, pairs, triples and mixed pairs in November.  If you missed the live stream broadcast, there’s still time to watch video recordings.  Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or select from the video posts located on the media player below ↓


From the Maroochydore Beach Bowls Club in the beautiful Australian sunshine coast, Queensland’s best bowlers competed at the 2018 Queensland State Championships on May 26.  If you missed the live broadcast, there’s still time to watch a video recording of the event.  Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button on the media player below ↓ For more information about the championships draws and results → click here


If you missed the live stream broadcast of the 2017 New South Wales Bowls Champion of Champions, there’s still time to watch a video recording of the competition.  Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button on the video player below ↓


The Australian Open Lawn Bowls is the world’s largest bowls festival, offering in 2017 thousands of  competitors and spectators a good time and AUD $250,000 in prize money across more than 540 placings in 20 disciplines, including Open Singles, Pairs & Fours (Men & Women), Over 60’s & Under 18, and Bowlers with disability (Singles & Pairs).  If you missed the live broadcast, there’s still time to watch video recordings of the competition using the video player below.  Just click/tap “Watch Again” and/or the video posts located on right side of player.


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