The Kent League Matches are played against other bowling Clubs around Kent and run throughout the winter season.
The league tables are maintained by Kent County Bowling (see here).
The matches are relatively competitive and are a great way to experience a ‘higher level’ of bowls in terms of both skill and strategy, which will in turn improve your own game. Your team mates will, however, be very supportive especially if you are new to these games.
The games are all rinks, so playing in the Thursday evening Men’s rinks League or the Tuesday morning Womens rinks League can be a great way to prepare for these games.
The format of the day will invariably include dinner after a full game of bowls (21 ends) with a short break halfway through for tea and coffee.
If the match starts at 2pm you can thus expect to be finished playing at around 5pm and finished dinner by around 6.30pm to 7pm.
Transport will be arranged for away games, typically leaving the Club somewhere between 12pm and 1pm and returning somewhere between 8pm and 9pm. Details of transport arrangements will be advertised on the Match ‘sign up sheets’ that will go up on the Club noticeboards shortly before each match.
Dress for these matches is ‘whites’ with a club shirt. You should also have Club stickers on your bowls to make identification easier. You can purchase both shirts and stickers directly from the Club.
If you fancy playing in one of these League games you can simply put your name on the relevant match ‘sign up sheets’ mentioned above. The relevant Captain will select the team for each match shortly before the day. If over-subscribed not everyone who puts their name up will get to play and, whilst the Club will be looking to win these games, the Captains will also be looking to bring through new bowlers to deepen our squad.
The charge for the game, paid on the day, will encompass rink fees, dinner and where relevant transport.
Dinner will generally be a hot meal and often with a choice of dishes.
If you have that bit of competitive streak then these games are for you!
Go on… give it a go.