10 Facts About Bowls


Bowls, known as lawn bowls or lawn bowling, is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack" or "kitty".

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Bowls is a variant of the boules games, which, in their general form, are of ancient or prehistoric origin.

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In 1864, William Wallace Mitchell, a Glasgow Cotton Merchant, published his "Manual of Bowls Playing" following his work as the secretary formed in 1849 by Scottish bowling clubs which became the basis of the rules of the modern game.

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Bowls falling into the ditch are dead and removed from play, except in the event when one has "touched" the jack on its way.

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Bowls is generally played in a very good spirit, even at the highest professional level, acknowledgment of opponents' successes and near misses being quite normal.

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Bowls are designed to travel a curved path because of a weight bias which was originally produced by inserting weights in one side of the bowl.

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Bowls were once only available coloured black or brown, but they are now available in a variety of colours.

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Bowls have symbols unique to the set of four for identification.

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Short Mat Bowls is an all-year sport unaffected by weather conditions and it does not require a permanent location as the rink mats can be rolled up and stowed away.

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Bowls is one of the "core sports" that must be included at each edition of the Commonwealth Games.

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