Bowls a great way to keep active

Above: Mt Pleasant selector Steve Montgomery, second from right, watches on with a cheeky grin as the Victoria Park reds bite their nails, wondering how to shift Steve's blue bowl off the jack to gain the shot.
Above: Mt Pleasant selector Steve Montgomery, second from right, watches on with a cheeky grin as the Victoria Park reds bite their nails, wondering how to shift Steve's blue bowl off the jack to gain the shot.

Dean Higgon has been playing lawn bowls pennants for 33 years ” since he was 17 ” and is the second-division skipper tasked with helping to boost his team’s chances of gaining a promotion to first division.

‘This would give the club two men’s first-division teams for the first time in its history,’ Higgon said.

‘But nothing’s a given in this game, you’ve just got to get your bowls closer to that white thing ” the jack, kitty, cake ” than the other bloke, and that can pose a great challenge at times and it’s a lot of fun.

‘The ladies of the club have also gained themselves a first division, well done girls.’

Higgon said bowls was great therapy for all ages.

‘It’s great aerobic exercise, and a stimulant for the mind, plus a pathway to an increased social life, and fun travel adventures,’ he enthused.

‘It’s a great way to act belong commit. It has a lot of therapeutic health benefits and can bring a sense of achievement at no matter what level you are playing at.’

Established in 1961, the Mt Pleasant club has two carpeted greens and two grass greens, to accommodate bowlers of all levels, from state events to barefoot social bowls.

Men and women play pennant lawn bowls from November to March, and men play on Thursday and Saturday afternoons, with some Friday night games.

On Saturdays, teams of 16 (four groups of four) play against other metropolitan clubs between 1.30pm and 4.30pm, a week at home and a week away.

On Thursdays, teams of 12 (three groups of four, known as rinks), compete and the ladies teams are similar, with their pennant times Tuesday mornings, Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

Free coaching and introductory sessions are available.