Bowls is back in play but with a differences due to restrictions caused by COVID-19. Failure to follow the rules (some in brief below) could see you excluded from the greens, with a heavy fine.
First, it is to be pointed out bowls these days is a 'roll-up' only, no competition and will apply until further notice.
For the safety of all if you have symptoms like the flu, cold, cough, sneeze etc think about others and stay at home. No bowls.
Major points to consider, maintain social distancing of 1.5m, no hand shakes, maximum four players per rink, maximum 12 bowlers per green, no bowls to be shared plus a few other rules which are to be followed and available before any 'roll-up'.
'Roll-up' plays in which bowlers can participate in and get a bit of exercise in these testing times include Sunday morning at 10am, Thursday at 1pm and Wednesday at 10am. You can also 'roll-up' socially any time with the above rules applying.
Last Wednesday 23 enjoyed a 'roll-up' with all agreeing the greens were a credit to greenkeeper Scott (Andrews) and the volunteers who have been so strong in recent times, plus the magnificent outdoor weather.
In the practise 'roll-up' of the morningTrevor Currey and Geoff Coles battled out as leads where in the end Trevor showed he was not there for a haircut and armed with a measuring tape he claimed more points.
Skips Peter Mackay and Rob Priest drew some perfect bowls when under pressure before the end result had Trevor and Rob socially in front 17-9 .
On rink twelve keeping their distance was John Gorton, Scott McKellar and John 'Gunna' Williams again only practising a friendly game of 'scrounger'. The final score is irrelevant but worth noting at 50 points each.
Closest 'roll-up' had Kerry Dunstan and Paul Doust 23-22 up against Denny Byrnes and Tony Bratton over 24 ends after being in arrears 12-9 after 12.
Twenty two social ends had Barry Wright and Lyell Strudwick edging out Bill O'Connell and John Kennedy 19-14 after leading 12-5 at oranges.
The ladies, Loris Stewart and Lesley Dunstan joined the 'roll-up' enjoying the company of Cliff Nelson and Ray Dunstan. There could be troubles in the Dunstan camp with the score after 14 ends in favour of Loris and Cliff 19-7.
In the final 'roll-up' Sid Morris skipped like a pro for lead Barry Shine in accounting for John Baass and Grant Lambert 31-10 over 20 ends.
So there you have it, if you want to a bit of exercise on the greens at the 'Bowlie' a social 'roll-up' Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday under COVID-19 rules.