The Commonwealth Games is viewed by many as the one of the most prestigious events in Lawn Bowls, so all eyes will be on the competition when it gets rolling at Birmingham 2022.
A Quick Overview
Matches are played on a Lawn Bowls Green within a ‘rink’ area – there are usually six rinks per green. The match begins with a coin toss, giving one competitor the option to roll a small ball called the ‘jack’ at least 23 metres down the green.
Competitors take it in turns to roll their bowls, aiming to ensure they are closer to the jack than any of those of their opponent. Points are awarded for each bowl that is closest to the jack.
In singles competition, the first to score 21 points will win, whereas in pairs, triples and fours competition, the team that has amassed the most points in total will secure the victory.
Birmingham 2022 will also feature Para Lawn Bowls events.
Lawn Bowls is steeped in tradition, but offers no shortage of exciting, combative action. There’s always high drama as players use their own bowls to smash those of their opponents away from the jack, while ditches surrounding the green can prove to be the barrier between victory and defeat.
One thing is for certain – Lawn Bowls is unpredictable from the first minute till the last!
Lawn Bowls is one of the core sports on the Commonwealth Games programme. This means it has been played at every Games since 1930, with the exception of Kingston in 1966, where no Lawn Bowls facilities were available.
Aaron Wilson dispelled any myths about Lawn Bowls being ‘stuffy’ by whipping off his shirt amid wild celebrations after securing Gold at Gold Coast 2018!
Lawn Bowls Games History
Commonwealth Games Birmingham 20223
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 20181 1
Commonwealth Games Glasgow 20141 1 1
Commonwealth Games Delhi 20101
Commonwealth Games Melbourne 20061
Commonwealth Games Manchester 20021 3
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur 19981
Commonwealth Games Victoria 19941 3
Commonwealth Games Auckland 19902 1
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh 19861