The game of lawn bowling is played on a bowling green which is approximately 120’ square. The green is subdivided into 8 individual playing areas called Rinks.The Thistle Lawn Bowling Club has 2 greens, and therefore 16 rinks.
The object of the game is to position your Bowl (or your team’s bowls) as close as possible to the little white ball (called the Jack), or to prevent your opponent from doing so by blocking thepath to the jack, or by moving the jack or dislodging your opponents bowls from near the jack. The first player delivers the jack onto the rink, and then delivers the first bowl toward the jack.
Teams alternate turns until all of the bowls have been delivered. The person/team that has the bowl nearest to the jack scores one point for that bowl, and an additional point for each bowl closer to the jack than the nearest bowl of the opponent. When all players on both sides have delivered their bowls in one direction on the green, this completes the play of an End. A game consists of a number of ends decided upon before the start of the game.
A running total score is kept, and the team having the largest number of total points after all ends are played is theThe game is a constant challenge with the ever changing position of the jack and the bowls which have come to rest. Bowls are not perfectly spherical and will not roll straight. One side of each bowl is slightly flattened, and it is toward that side with Bias that will draw the path of the bowl in a sweeping arc. Also, the condition of the playing surface has considerable effect on play, such as the length of the grass, how much it has been watered and rolled, etc. The mastery of all these elements of the game provides for a fun and challenging experience during each match.