Mental toughness is needed for bowls competitions

2011-04-14 00:00

THERE is more to being a winner or belonging to a winning team than just having the skills and physical ability to play bowls, or in fact any sporting activity. Mental application is essential in all sport and in particular, bowls.

Sports psychology refers to the application of psychological principles to improving sports performance. Advanced Bowls SA coaches, whom we have in our district, are taught healthy and effective methods of building mental toughness and coping with the pressures of competition. All bowlers are encouraged to learn about this important area of our sport.

Concentration, mental toughness, confidence and a positive attitude are all necessary psychological skills, as well as leadership and coping under pressure. Understanding body language, group dynamics and temperament also play their part. Visualisation of the shot to be played, physical preparation, enthusiasm, determination and persistence are further aspects.

Knowing the laws of the sport of bowls and the etiquette of bowls also equip a player with mental confidence.

All Level 1 coaches are encouraged to upgrade to Level 2 (advanced). To discuss this, please phone Doug Robertson, a BSA Level 2 coach, at 072 112 6791.





The men’s and women’s Open Fours were completed on Sunday morning and the following won their section.

Men: K. Williams, G. Wyatt, H. Muller, W. Brown. East Griqualand entered at this stage. The preliminary playoff was between East Griqualand and G. Wyatt (PMB Wanderers). G. Wyatt will now play K. Williams (Maritzburg), and W. Brown (Lynwood) will play H. Muller (Maritzburg West) on Saturday afternoon at Maritzburg Bowling Club. The final will be at Lynwood on Sunday morning.

Women: Section 1 was won outright by H. Phelan (PMB Collegians) and Section 2 winners were B. Gandy (Lynwood) and J. Squires (PMB Collegians). In the playoffs B. Gandy played J. Squires, who will now play her clubmate, H. Phelan, on Sunday morning at Lynwood in the final.



Friday at 6.30 pm: Tabs in for chickens. Final meeting for Sunday’s tournament, all members to attend. Sunday: Supreme Plasterers tournament. Skips and bowlers send your entries to Belinda at 082 896 9975 and Cedric at 079 501 0211. Members to bring cakes and biscuits for tea on Sunday. Members to be at club at 8 am for final preparations.

April 27: BSA Bowls Awareness Day. Members to invite friends and family to bowl at the club. New bowlers and friends are welcome every Friday evening. Free coaching to new bowlers.



Friday at 4.30 pm: New concept, “Last Man Sitting”. Saturday at 8.30 am: Two-bowl trips, sponsor Datcentre. All queries to Rowan at 033 386 1717.

Sunday at 8.30 am: Tabs in. Duty official George Henry.

Tuesday at 1.30 pm: Tabs in, dress mufti.

Wednesday at 8.30 am: Tabs in, dress mufti.

April 26 afternoon: Mixed 2-4-2. All queries to Horse at 082 895 4371.



Winners of the Chicken Run on Saturday were Colin Barrett and John Bennie.

The monthly Hatting’s Sausage Roll takes place on April 20 at 1.30 pm. John Pattrick has the details. Phone 033 343 1931.

Fliers for the national Bowls Awareness Day have been produced and will soon be seen in various stores in the village. Come and have fun with us on April 27 (Freedom Day). New bowlers will receive free expert coaching before playing in a proper bowls competition. Bowls will be available. Get more information from Dave at 033 343 4390 or Derick at 033 343 2901.



The Fernhill Hotel-sponsored day was postponed and will now be held this Friday. Tabs in by 1.15 pm.

Today: A fun morning of women’s bowls, with an individual tabs-in competition. Arrive by 8.30 am to start play at 9 am. Format is two games of 12 ends. Entry fee R20, which includes morning tea and eats. Prizes for everyone. Phone 033 239 5316 or 033 330 4743.

Friday: Members’ lucky draw evening. You have to be present to win. Please bring a plate of eats for a finger supper.

Tuesday: 68 on Main-sponsored morning. Tabs in.

Coaching lessons are available every Monday afternoon at 2.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Social bowls every Tuesday morning. Tabs in by 8.30 am and Thursday afternoon tabs in by 1.30 pm, casual dress. Saturday tabs in by 1.30 pm, whites. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Tab duty, Saturday: Spencer Griessen.



Tabs in Thursday afternoon and Saturday afternoon — dress casual.

Sunday morning tabs in — dress whites.

Congratulations to Beryl Gandy and her team on reaching the semi-finals of the district fours. Well done.

Good luck to Wilfie Brown and his team, who have progressed to the semi-final of the men’s fours. Entries for the district senior fours and men’s and ladies’ pairs are now on the board.



Tuesday and Thursday, 8.30 am: Senior tabs-in. All bowlers welcome.

Wednesday and Saturday afternoons: Tabs-in. Visitors welcome.

Friday, 8.15 am for 8.45 am: Ladies’ monthly social bowls, tea and light lunch — R40. Visitors are welcome. Phone Pam Spring at 082 374 1803 or Marion Beater at 033 347 0590 to book your place.

April 27: Members are requested to invite two family members or friends to participate in the Barefoot Bowls Day. Registration time is 10.30 am. Boerewors rolls will be available and there is to be music. Members are requested to indicate, on a list on the notice board, their availability for League.

The winner of the jersey raffle was Annette Gouws. Coaching is available for new bowlers. Phone Derek Beater at 083 987 9400.

Super 15 Rugby viewing in smoking and non-smoking bars. The kitchen is open daily (other than Mondays) for breakfast and lunches. Pensioners’ special lunches on the first Tuesday and last Thursday of the month at R25.



Thursday at 5.15 pm: Committee meeting.

Thursday afternoon: Mixed tabs in for chickens (if more than 12 players) 2-4-2 Pairs. Dress mufti, visitors welcome.

Friday at 6.45 pm: Attendance draw R250. Bring and braai. Snacks — we are looking for volunteers for the month of April.

Saturday afternoon: Mixed tabs in, visitors welcome.

Sunday morning: Tabs in, dress mufti, visitors welcome.

Entry list on board for men’s and women’s Niba Open Pairs and Senior Fours.

Women members to indicate their availability dates for League. Men members to indicate the dates they are not available for League. Lists on board.

Applications to attend BSA Area Camp close on May 12. See Niba circular 06/2011 on the board.

April 27: BSA Guinness Book of Records Bowls Barefoot Development Day. Entry list on board.



Club Duties: Bar — April 16 to April 22, Richard Grant; Tabs — April 16 to April 20, P. Grant and R. Freshman; Tea — Saturday, Bernice Meyer; April 19, Pat Ciro; April 20, Gloria Bailey.

Social bowls every Wednesday and Saturday, tabs in by 1.15 pm for 1.30 pm start, whites.

Every Tuesday morning, tabs in by 8.15 am for 8.30 am start, casual.

Coaching takes place on a regular basis. For enquiries contact Brian Stringer at 033 239 4399 or John Withers at 033 239 5376.



Twilight Bowls this evening at 5.30 pm. Join us for a fun evening of bowls and enjoy snacks after the game. First 48 entries play.

Friday at 8.15 am: Social bowls. Mufti, bowling shoes. Visitors welcome.

Saturday at 1.30 pm: Social bowls. Continuation of the women’s and men’s drawn pairs. Arrange your own games.

Sunday at 8.30 am: Social bowls for chickens if more than 12 players. Dress code whites.

April 20 at 1.30 pm: Social bowls. Mufti, bowling shoes. Visitors welcome. Members (women and men) wanting to play league please enter your names on the lists on the board. We need to pick teams soon. Entry forms on board for men’s and women’s Niba Open Pairs and Senior Fours tournaments.

Easter Tournament: April 23 afternoon and all day April 24. Trips mixed or otherwise. Entries now open. Contact Mike at 083 565 7725 or Ron at 082 805 3221 to book.

April 29: Join us for a bangers-and-mash or liver-and-mash evening. Phone Ron for your tickets at 082 805 3221. Visitors welcome.

Bowls coaching every Saturday morning for anyone interested in learning to play bowls. Please contact Jill de Beer at 033 396 5220.

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