After a long, seemingly endless winter, spring has suddenly arrived and the Bowling season has begun. The annual opening drive took place on Sunday 16th April, and new president Terry House formally opened the season by bowling the first ball.
The green looked superb, the whites had been recovered from the back of the cupboard, only to discover that they had shrunk during the winter months, and the players were ready to proceed.
Its an apt time to reflect on what are the benefits of this game. To answer this question, our roving reporter (Mr C. Russell) extracted some information from The Department of Health website, who identified the following five benefits from playing this sport;-
- improved fitness
- improved co-ordination and skill development
- increased confidence and self esteem
- enhanced mental well being
- community connectedness and support
All of the above can be guaranteed to occur at The Ottery St Mary Bowling Club, as could be evidenced during the opening drive. WD40 may have been needed to oil the creaking joints - of the gates, not the players!
Friendships were renewed, and new ones started, laughter and banter abounded on the green, and players went home having thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon of competitive exercise. A superb tea was provided by the catering team which included hot cross buns and cake, delicious!.
Yes, the season has started and we have over 50 competitive matches to be played, we cant wait!