August 21, 2009, Newsletter Issue #320: Australian Sport: Lawn bowls

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Lawn bowls
When Australians grow older, they turn to lawn bowls. Or so it seems if you wander long enough down any street in Australia, watching the white-clothed men and women up to age 80 or so head to the local green. The fact is a growing number of young adults play the game, too.
Lawn bowls, like tenpin bowling, begins with rolling a ball along the ground. The comparison stops there, though, because lawn bowls is a far more tactical game where players try to position balls as close as possible to a smaller ball, called the jack. The game requires patience, skill and touch.
Lawn bowls first came to Australia in 1864, when the country´s first club formed in Melbourne. Today, more than 2200 bowls clubs are scattered around the country, with more than 500,000 registered players

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