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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

 

Manager

Manager

 

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus

P. Gargan

Ierne

K. Whelan

 

Herbert Park

Bray A

E. Brady

Kenilworth

D. Borwick

 

Kenilworth

Bray B

R. MacClancy

Meath

M. Lynch

 

Bray

Clontarf

G. McCarthy

Shankill

T. Dillon

 

Shankill

Crumlin

A.  Mulreid

Skerries

T. Roy

 

Sportslink

CYM A

P.Vickery

Sportslink

P. O'Keefe

 

 

Skerries

CYM B

G. Morrissey

St. Jamesís Gate

D. Quinn

 

Meath (Trim)

Dun Laoghaire A

M. Cusack

Herbert Park

J. Kelly

 

Leinster

Dun Laoghaire B

P. Kingston

Blackrock A

M. Ryan

 

Greenhills

Dun Laoghaire C

Roy Brown

Blackrock B

B. Carroll

 

Dun Laoghaire

Greenhills B

W. Harris

Greenhills A

D. Tracey

 

North Kildare (Kilcock)

Leinster A

R. Prince

Leinster B

P. Farrell

 

Westmanstown A

F. Moore

Westmanstown B

M. Cowley