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AWBL large logoOrganisation of the All Weather Bowling Association


The AWBA is a league competition running from October to March played on outdoor synthetic bowling greens in and around the Dublin area.


The competition ensures all year round utilisation of the new synthetic greens. Originally, the competition was played just between the clubs possessing this type of green, but soon the Ďgrassí bowlers from others clubs realised that this competition not only ensured that they could indulge their love of the game all year round, but they are able to improve their skills in mastering the synthetic carpet in the winter and then take these skills into the summer game.


The competition is currently divided into 4 sections, with 26 teams competing in the 2016-17 league. The main limitation on the size of the league is simply the availability synthetic greens. Although they look expensive to install, compared with a golf course the cost and utilisation per unit areais vastly superior. On a normal size green, 48 people can be engaged in a challenging sporting activity in an area of 1600 sq.m.


Unfortunately, the game of bowls suffers from an image problem, in that it is invariably promoted as a game to keep geriatrics occupied in sedate exercise. However, at the top competitive level, bowls is no different from many other sports Ė the top performers are those who started to play the game at the earliest opportunity, and were properly coached and encouraged as youngsters. The difference with bowls is that having acquired these skills at an early age, they remain with competitors much longer than purely physical strength sports.


Whilst the summer game is mostly segregated into the menís and womenís competitions, the AWBA has no such restrictions and all games are between mixed teams, which is a rule of the competition. The standard in teams can vary from international level and National Champions to almost raw beginners and the age range in the league can vary from under 20 to over 90, every week! This is sporting equality at its optimum.


Clubs involved in the 2017-18 league


Clubs providing synthetic greens

Teams competing in the league





Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

N. O'Meara


K. Whelan


Herbert Park

Bray A

D. McMahon


D. Borwick



Bray B

D. McMahon


M. Lynch




T. McGrath


T. Dillon




A.  Mulreid


T. Roy






P. O'Keefe





G. Morrissey

St. Jamesís Gate

D. Quinn


Meath (Trim)

Dun Laoghaire A

M. Cusack

Herbert Park

J. Kelly



Dun Laoghaire B

P. Kingston

Blackrock A

M. Ryan



Dun Laoghaire C

Roy Brown

Blackrock B

B. Carroll


Dun Laoghaire

Greenhills B

W. Harris

Greenhills A

H. Smith


North Kildare (Kilcock)

Leinster A

P. Farrell

Leinster B

R. Prince


Westmanstown A

F. Moore

Westmanstown B

M. Cowley