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Posted by portugalpress on July 17, 2017

Lawn bowling is a game of skill and finesse. It takes time and practice to perfect the skill, and both physical and mental agility is needed to play it well. It does tend to have a "crusty, old people’s game" image, but the reality is somewhat different and, at county level, the average player’s age is probably somewhere in their thirties.

Competitive bowling can be exhausting as, in a match, players are expected to perform for around three hours without a break. During these games, players can walk anything up to three kilometres and bend up and down around 100 times.

No wonder many bowlers traditionally suffer from both bad backs and knee injuries! Add to that the concentration needed and effort required, and you can see why we need a seat and a few drinks after the match.

As with any sport, it is generally believed you will only get out of lawn bowls what you put in. Your approach should be one of enthusiasm, friendliness and tolerance. Your club is only as good as the members that are within it, so please play your part in making your club one of the best there is and somewhere that you and other new players will want to join and remain with for many years to come. Friendly and polite sporting acts towards teammates and opponents are appreciated and reciprocated. It is these little extras that make the game of lawn bowls so appealing, but, above all, you should enjoy your game.

Bowls for bombeiros

In keeping with their fundraising activities, Balaia Bowls Club are again having a big push to raise more funds for the Albufeira Voluntary Bombeiros. After the success of the parachute jumps last year, which raised over €5,000, and the recent donation of over €1,100, the next event is a sponsored 24-hour bowling marathon on September 16 and 17.

Anyone wishing to make a donation or pledge should contact Richard King (Club Chairman) on mobile 935 367 492 or email

Balaia welcomes bowlers of all levels, whether new or experienced, and has its roll up on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.45am for 10am start.


Photo: Balaia Bowls Club are holding a 24-hour bowling marathon on September 16 and 17 to raise more funds for the Albufeira Voluntary Bombeiros.


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