Welcome to Bray Bowling Club. Your sponsors should help you settle into club life but, to supplement their efforts, we have produced this web page which you might find helpful.
For those of you who have never bowled before, your sponsor should arrange for you to have at least three coaching sessions and a session on the etiquette of the game. Once you have learned the basics and you and the coach are confident of your ability, you can take your first steps into bowls club life.
As a Full Member you can practise or play social bowls on any morning, afternoon and evening during the summer season, providing there is no inter Club match on. All you have to do is get a jack and a mat and find a spare rink. It is normal protocol to invite people playing on their own to join you (although they may not always do so if they are practising seriously).
The Next Stage (Friendly Games)
It is hoped that once you gain a little confidence you will want to play more competitively. We all play to win of course but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t. Friendly matches (2 euro) are often ‘mixed’ and are normally played on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 11: (be there at 10:30). Sunday afternoons also at about 3pm be there at 2:30. At the beginning of the summer season (April to September), you will be able to obtain the Club Fixture listing all the matches and venues for the year allowing you to plan ahead (available now on the web).
Slightly More Serious Competitive Games
The Men’s currently compete in Divisions 2,3 (Saturday afternoons) 4, 5 (Monday evenings) and have two veteran Teams (Thursday Mornings). The Division 5 league is used by the Club to introduce beginners to competitive bowling. Our ladies team currently palys in Division 1 (Wednesday afternoons).In the winter league we have two teams (mixed) playing (Saturday mornings) on our all-weather surface.
In-House Club Competitions
The Club hold Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours Competitions for those who want to take part and bowlers of all levels are encouraged to participate. Playing against better players is a good way of improving your game. Competition entry forms will be made available with an entry closing date and shortly thereafter the draw will be posted on the notice board.
County Competitions and Matches
In the same way, you can enter National Competitions(Singles, Pairs, Trips and Fours).
Proper bowls shoes, (i.e. shoes with a completely flat bottom) must be worn at all times on the green. You will see that we do have a club uniform of both men’s and ladies shirts, jackets and waterproof jackets which are worn for matches. Also note that trousers shoudl be white or cream. Any other friendly games or evening matches (including Division 4 and 5, and veterans) anything goes and usually does (except for the flat bottomed shoes)!
The Social Side
The Club also has a strong social element. Social events are arranged throughout the year with Bar facilities available. During the winter, the short mat is a popular way of keeping your bowling arm finely tuned. We have obtained planning permission to install short mat bowling in our Clubhouse in 2015. Dress code in the clubhouse is casual.