Types of Games

Games of bowls can involve singles play or teams of two in pairs, three in triples or four in “rinks” games. Roll ups and spoon drives social bowling follow the same format. The club run internal competitions for both outdoor and indoor seasons in all disciplines. Matches involve a number of teams from one club playing another club.  For example a match could involve six rinks or 24 players (6×4) per team. Matches highly competitive particularly where a league format is adhered to, but friendly matches are as much a social occasion as they are a sporting active. There are often after match meals to continue the general atmosphere of friendliness and mutual respect.

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TRIPLES AND RINKS TEAM POSITIONS:

LEAD  A Lead is the person who plays first in pairs triples or fours (rinks) game. The lead is responsible for setting the mat and delivering the jack to start the end. A lead is responsible at the end of each end ensuring all bowls are at least a metre behind the mat position.

SECOND  The Second in a triples or rinks (fours) game is the player who plays second. In the game of triples the Second is also responsible, with his corresponding opponent, for deciding the result of an end, i.e. who is lying the shot and how many shots have been scored

THIRD  The Third is the third player to play in a rinks game. The Third is normally responsible, with his corresponding opponent, for deciding the result of an end, i.e. who is lying the shot and how many shots have been scored. The skips however have the final say in this in the event of any dispute.

SKIP  The Skip is the captain of a team in pairs, triples or rinks play. The Skip is always last to play and is responsible for directing the play during an end. The other players in a team must follow the Skip’s instructions. In the all games the skip is responsible for marking the score card.