This morning i went down to the local school gym to check out the indoor bowls event. Now i have seen this been played on the telly and had never really payed much attention as it always seemed like a game played by the older generation? Yeah well perhaps I may have been WRONG.
So after a couple of snaps I was invited, or rather told that I must take a go. So hesitantly I stepped up to the mat where Noel explained how to play.Briefly the object is for each player in a singles game or each team in a pairs, triples or fours to gain as many shots as possible by getting their bowls nearer to the jack than their opponents, and so outscore them. Sounds simple right? Well not quite, as there is also an obsacle in the form of a block of wood situated half way down the mat which the bowler must get around. Now my only experience of bowling was from the 10 pin bowling alleys where the ball is normally sent flying down the lane a great speed, so with my heavy hand my first attempt at bowls was not great.
Bowls is defiantly more a game where you use more brains than brawn. So after about an hour or so I seem to have started to get a grasp of the game and I even managed to bowl a couple of nice shots. A big thanks to Noel and John along with the ladies for their patience and assistance. Who knows I might even take to playing on a regular basis.
Also if you interested in checking out any of the remaining events happening this week, head over to the official festival website, http://veniceofireland.ie or join them on facebook http://www.facebook.com/veniceofireland