Cool Calgary: Lawn bowling no longer for retired folk
Team names like 'Lawn Ladies' and 'Great Bowls of Fire' set tone for fun game
It's a hard game to master, but an easy one to play.
"Everyone's laughing, you're high-fiving other teams and everyone's just having a good time," said Liam Nicol.
He regularly attends the Monday night foursomes at the Rotary Park Lawn Bowls, which was created after the Wednesday night league started busting at the seams.
With 150 active members, it has become one of the largest clubs in Alberta. The bowling green is also fully licensed.
"It's nice to have a glass of wine, pop, or can of beer or cooler and play the game," said club president, Lyle Thiele.
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Also, unlike the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club and the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club, no experience is necessary.
"It's really relaxed, everyone's super welcoming," said newbie member Sandra Slavik.
She says she was expecting the demographic to be an "older generation," and "a little more stuffy."
Thiele says on most nights, the average age is 38, but they also have people in their 20s joining.
Members have also been getting creative with their team names:
- The Bowlsheviks
- Winning by Touching
- Great Bowls of Fire
Slavik's team name is "Ditch, please" while Nicol's is "Pharaoh's Balls."
"Apparently lawn bowling originated in Egypt and so we went with the pharaoh. And because we're a bunch of guys — balls."
Their team mascot is a faux gold bust of Tutankhamun.
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