Howrah bowls through Winter

THE bowls season may be coming to an end, but Howrah Bowls Club’s barefoot bowls rosters will be in full swing thanks to the ability to play year round on the club’s indoor surface.

The club ran a barefoot roster on Wednesdays during Summer, and will start new ones in April for 10 weeks and in June.

Howrah Bowls Club president Stephen Foster said the indoor centre had been open for about four years and provided a number of benefits to the club and surrounding community.

“The advantage is the fact we can use it all year, the grass surfaces we can only play on up until the end of March/April and then we need to shut the grass down to rejuvenate for the next season,” he said.

“Because of the lighting, we can run competitions during the day and again at night over Autumn and Winter.”

Mr Foster said the club had about 160 members and usually picked up about six to 10 players out of barefoot every year into its pennant teams.

“Barefoot is our biggest drawcard for getting people interested in playing on Saturdays for pennant,” he said.

“If you want to go a long way in the sport, bowls is probably better than cricket or other sports because there’s a lot more opportunity to go up to national level.”

Kim Adams has been playing barefoot bowls for 18 months and got into it because her mum played it.

“I came along and I’ve had the best fun I’ve ever had, you meet all sorts of people, young and old,” she said.

“It’s a place you can come together and everyone gets on and has a really social time.

“It’s about meeting all different types of people, having fun and having a laugh, and it’s somewhere you can come and forget about everything else that’s going on – it’s lovely.”

To show that bowls is a sport for all ages, 11-year-old Samuel Paul has been playing barefoot bowls for a couple of months and is learning new skills.

“It’s something to do with my dad,” he said.

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