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Keen to start playing bowls but uncertain as to what the different names refer to or which would best suit your event? Take a look below at the various types of game, from Social to Barefoot, Corporate and Pennant.

Social Bowls

Learn More About Social Bowls

Social Bowls are played in a friendly, fun-filled and relaxed atmosphere. Social Bowls can be run differently from club to club, however, these events are essentially about getting a group of people together and putting down some bowls for fun. Social Bowls may still include scoring and prizes for winners, but the focus is enjoying the game. Clubs will provide bowls for use for players who do not have their own and there are no clothing requirements, although clubs may have request flat-soled shoes or for players to go barefoot. Bowls Australia have developed a great Social Bowls programme called Jack Attack, which has been adopted by many clubs in Western Australia. To book a Social Bowls event or to find out more, contact your local club.

Barefoot Bowls

Learn More About Barefoot Bowls

Barefoot Bowls is a close variation on Social Bowls, with players participating, as the term suggests, barefoot. This feeling of freedom tends to relax most players, encouraging a more informal and fun mood throughout play. Whilst some clubs have organised specific Barefoot Bowls days, the game can be connected with any type of activity, whether it’s a birthday party, Christmas party, special event or just a catch up with friends. Contact your local club to book your game of Barefoot Bowls or find out more.

Corporate Bowls

Learn More About Corporate Bowls

Corporate bowls are organised bowls events. Generally this will be in the form of a competition held over several weeks with local businesses, community groups or club sponsors entering teams to compete. Although an organised event the competition is generally more relaxed, fun and social in nature. Apart from flat soled shoes or playing barefoot as requirements to protect the green surface no bowls specific clothing is needed. Clubs may also welcome Corporate Bowls events can also be held as one-off competitions within an individual organisation or business. These are often in the form of a team building, corporate social day or Xmas party. Contact your local club to find out if they have a Corporate Bowls event or to book a Corporate bowls day.

Pennant Bowls

Learn More About Pennant Bowls

Pennant Bowls is the largest graded inter-club competition held in Western Australia, with over 12,000 participants across the state. Generally held in the warmer months, from October to April, the first Pennant Bowls competition in WA was held in 1899. Club members play in a team uniform similar to One Day or 20/20 cricket. The highest grade in the metropolitan area is Premier Division, with further grades from 1st to 6th division, depending on the competition. Most clubs will have multiple teams with selectors who choose players based on skill, ability and team comradery. In the metropolitan area, two competitions are available for men on Saturday and Thursday, whilst women can play on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. In the country, pennant competitions differ, however the vast majority of clubs play within leagues from surrounding towns and districts. To find out more about playing Pennant Bowls, contact your local club.

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