14/26 New Things Challenge: Try a new sport (barefoot bowling)

In Australia, bowls isn’t just a sport for old people, who knew?!

Barefoot bowls is actually a pretty popular sport for all people in Melbourne, so much so that bowl clubs come equipped with a bar and BBQs all around the rinks. So you can eat, drink and not have to wear shoes outside all at the same time – sounds pretty good!

I decided to organise a birthday trip to my local barefoot bowls club – North Fitzroy Bowls Club.

Despite that dreading feeling I had that no one would turn up and that I’d be bowling for one, I really enjoyed my afternoon at the club once everyone did arrive and we started playing! For a mere 15 dollars each you can play bowls for 2 hours, no wonder it is so popular.

Within our group only one person had ever played before. No one else knew how to play, in fact everyone else thought we were meeting to play ten pin bowling and not bowls. Needless to say we were pretty shockingly awful at the game.

bowling_badAfter a quick intro from a member of staff who explained the object of the game was to bowl the bowls towards the tiny orange ball in the centre, we had a practise round and soon realised we would need to combine our two rinks and instead play over one large rink to give us more room for wayward balls.

After a few games of playing ‘properly’, we put our own spin on the game, including bowling in the challenging positions of standing on one leg, facing backwards and crossing the bowls.

barefoot bowling melbourne

Needless to say everyone else at the bowls club were bowled* over at this take on the game and the mad skills required.


*pun intended

Another one done!

Published by emmytravels

Writer, journalist and digital marketer. I said 'So Long!' to London this year, went travelling to S.E Asia, New Zealand and ended up staying in Melbourne, Australia.

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