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Organisation 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 synthetic greens. Originally, the competition was played just between the clubs possessing this type of green, but soon the ‘grass’ 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 27 teams competing in the 2021-22 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 area is 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 – 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 men’s and women’s 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 2021-22 league
Clubs providing synthetic greens Teams competing in the league  
    Manager   Manager  
Aer Lingus North Kildare A Gerry Flynn North Kildare B Ben Maguire  
Herbert Park Bray A John Cheevers Kenilworth  Derek Borwick  
Kenilworth Bray B Frank Devlin Meath John Dixon  
Bray Clontarf Peter Laird Skerries  Shelia Kelly  
Shankill Crumlin A Anne Mulreid Crumlin B Phyl Kiernan  
Sportslink CYM A Paul Vickery Sportslink Anne Tormey    
Skerries CYM B John Hoey Herbert Park  Peter Byrne  
Meath (Trim) Dun Laoghaire A Paul Doyle Blackrock A Martin Ryan  
Leinster Dun Laoghaire B Paul Kingston Blackrock B Gerry Doherty  
Greenhills Dun Laoghaire C Tom O’Reilly Greenhills Tony Kelly  
Dun Laoghaire Leinster A Mary Kenny Leinster B Ànne Fitzgerald  
North Kildare (Kilcock) Westmanstown C Pat Cummins Westmanstown B Oliver Meyler  
  Westmanstown A Fergal Moore      
  Leinster Lions A Amy Carruth Leinster Lions B Richard Leonard