Saturday evening was definitely a new experience for me. A total comfort zone breaker. We were throwing a ‘Welcome to Melbourne’ party for a newcomer to the city, and my friend made a booking for something called ‘barefoot bowls’.
Now, as a Brit, bowls conjures up images of old people, throwing big heavy balls at a smaller ball in the distance. It didn’t really sound like a fun Saturday night activity, I was half ready to not go at all, but how wrong I was!
We were booked into Port Melbourne Bowls Club, a small venue just on the edge of the city.
A few beers were had, fierce teamwork and the usual competitive Aussie spirit came into play. We were in a mixed group of different abilities, which made it all the more fun. I played a few games and really enjoyed it (I’m terrible at it, naturally).
Barefoot bowls is very Australian, yes, you’re essentially playing a game of bowls, and yes, you’re barefoot; but beers are allowed, and the crowd is much younger than the demographic you’d probably expect. It’s one experience I definitely want to try it again.
Have you ever played barefoot bowls? What did you think of it?