Barefoot bowls craze rolls Brighton’s way

THE barefoot bowls craze that has swept Tasmania is coming to the Brighton Bowls Club in October.

Barefoot Bowls offers men and women the chance to experience the fun of competitive bowls in a comfortable social environment.

Barefoot bowls is a great way to socialise and practise your spin.
Barefoot bowls is a great way to socialise and practise your spin.

Family, friends and work colleagues can enter a team and play against people with similar experience, or simply try their hand – or foot – at the sport without any pressure.

While the club provides bowls equipment to players, anyone who has access to their own set are encouraged to bring it along.

No official uniform is needed but players are encouraged to wear neat, clean casual clothes. Of course, players who wish to identify themselves can wear similar outfits or a distinctive business uniform.

Flat-soled shoes are required, or for the more courageous – socks or bare feet.

Barefoot bowls is played by four-member teams. Essentially, the object of the game is to get at least one of your teams’ eight bowls closer to the ‘kitty’ (white target ball) than any of the opposition teams’ eight bowls.

Each game day will kick off with a barbecue at 5.30pm, with matches to commence at 6pm sharp – to ensure they are finished before dark.

The roster is planned for seven matches and the finals and Christmas evening to take place December 14. There will also be weekly giveaways and a prize awarded for the top team after the finals are drawn.

The Club’s synthetic green can accommodate a total of 16 teams, however it is important to lodge your registration early to ensure your team’s place in the competition.

A free practice session will be held at Brighton Club on Wednesday, October 19 at 5.30pm, with the game roster beginning the following week.

Club members will be available to assist and deliver coaching tips on the day, but the main aim is for participants to just have fun.

Anyone wishing to participate, but without access to playing team, should contact the club.

The nightly cost is $25 per team, inclusive of the player barbecue.

The clubhouse and bar will be open for all in attendance.

Inquiries can be directed to the Brighton Bowls Club on 6268 1325, or by emailing brightonbowlsclub@bipond.com or by calling into the club at 68 Midlands Highway.

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