Outside of the penannts season, the club conducts coaching sessions on Saturday mornings.

Participants are requested to report by 9.30am. Each session will comprise approximately 1 hour on theory and 1 hour on green. There is no cost involved but those taking part should wear flat soled shoes and/or socks.

Our qualified coaching staff provides free individual and group coaching sessions throughout the year – and we even provide you with bowls. Come along, give it a go and see what fun it is. As we have over 500 members you are sure to meet some great people.

For more information ring

The Club Staff 9459 9414

Laurie Curtis 9459 3542

Peter Reed 0411 354 777







Coaching Panel

Laurie Curtis:  Coaching Coordinator

All Thornlie coaches are qualified and have been accredited by Bowls WA.

Coaching is always available to individual members on request. The coaching panel is always available and happy to help or advise on bowling problems.

Coaching classes for new bowlers are mainly run during spring and autumn. The Club runs new members recruitment drives, normally in May and August, followed by "open days" and then a five week coaching school for those interested.

The Club also encourages local schools to come and try lawn bowls and three schools have recently taken up the offer.


From the coaching Manual

Terminology  There are many expressions used in the game of bowls, the meaning of which will be learned with experience. Some of these are:-


You are narrow

Means that your bowl will cross under the objective you have played for.


You are wide

Means that the bowl will not come back to the objective that you have played to.


Change your hand

Means to turn the bowl over and deliver on the other side of the centre line.


Wrong bias

A bowl played with the bias side away from the centre line will cause the bowl to curve away from the objective.


Dead bowl

This is a bowl that is out of bounds including being in the ditch without being a toucher or which has not travelled the minimum distance from the mat when delivered. These bowls are removed from play.



This means the playing of the jack and all the bowls of all the opponents in the same direction on a rink. The next end is played in the opposite direction.



This means the jack and such bowls as have come to rest within the boundary of the rink and are not dead.


Jack high

This means when the front of a bowl (the surface nearest the mat) and the front of the jack are level (at right angle to the centre line or imaginary centre line).



This is a bowl that touches the jack when delivered. To identify it as such, it is marked with a chalk mark so that if it should be moved into the ditch (within the boundaries) it remains in play.  




Place the mat as required by the laws or as directed by the skip.

Assist the skip align the jack on the centre line of the rink.

Help to return bowls to a safe position behind the mat at the conclusion of each end.



The home team second should introduce all the players to each other.

Help to return bowls to a safe position behind the mat at the conclusion of each end.



Be in charge of head when skips are bowling or in the absence of the skip.

If delegated to measure for shot decide with the opponent the number of shots and signal result to skip and second.

Help to return bowls to a safe position behind the mat at the conclusion of each end.

Must know the teams bowls.

Answer skips queries correctly and concisely.



To be in charge of the team, delegate duties and notify opponent when necessary.

Keep score card and scoreboard being careful to check the score with their opponent after each end. Instruct the players which shot to play.

Make decisions with opponent to comply with the laws of the game.

Return score card to appropriate authority.  





Do be correctly attired.

Do introduce yourself to both players.

Do be consersant with the owership of bowls.

Do note that the mat is correctly laid and aligned before aligning the jack.

Do align the jack after it comes to rest.

Do retire to a position about 2-3 metres behind the jack and 1.5 metres to one side.

Do keep your shadow away from the head or that of the adjoining rink.

Do remain motionless, with eyes fixed on the player in possion of the mat.

Do watch for signals from the player in possion of the mat.

Do be alert and in a position to observe if a bowl becomes a toucher. If so, mark it before the next bowl completes it's course.

Do answer all questions briefly, with 'yes' or 'no' if the answer if the answer is not misleading, and only to the bowler whose turn it is next       to bowl.

Do walk from end to end midway between the centre of the rink and the boundary line.

Do remove a dead bowl immediately - take care of one on or near the boundary line. The players will determine if this is dead.

Do keep clear of the head when the players arrive - they determine the result, not you.

Do call the score every end. naming first the player whon won the end.

Do place the score on the board every second end.

Do sign the score card after each player has done so and hand it to the proper official after the match.


Don't Move about when the player is on the mat.

Don't stop a prematurely played bowl UNLESS requested by the opponent.

Don't stop the jack before it completes rolling.

Don't move in to see who has the shot unless asked.

Don't answer questions being asked on an adjacent rink.

Don't say a shot is doubtfull if it is not really so.

Don't invite the player to inspect the head.

Don't give a misleading answer to a badly worded question.

Don't supplement your answer with information not asked for.

Don't become interested in the game on the next rink.

Don't talk to spectators on the bank.

Don't applaud either player.

Don't lean over sideways to assist a bowl to wick or miss.

Don't stop a bowl played out of turn UNLESS requested by either player.

Don't remove the shot bowl or disturb the head.

Don't tell the player who has the shot when they arrive, or how many in any way.

Don't challenge the length of a head.


Note: A marker may, at his own discretion measure an end if so requested by both players. If not satisfactory to either player, the player must call the umpire and the umpire's decision is final. You will find it undisirable to measure, as there is an umpire appointed, so let him make the dicision.

Note: LAW 4 'Duties of Officials' should be studied by all Umpires and Markers.