Bowling Arm Central

Welcome to your one stop shop for information regarding all things Bowling Arms in Tasmania!

Do I need to register to use a Bowling Arm?

Under the  revised Bowls Australia Artificial Devices Policy (1 May 2019) it is no longer a requirement for players to have the approval from their State Governing Body to use an artificial device (bowlers arm), or to have a medical certificate to use a bowlers arm. Bowls Tasmania, along with the Bowling Arm Tasmania Committee, do however request that Clubs update each members records on the Bowls Link database to reflect if they are using the assistance of a bowling arm. Although this is not mandatory we use this record to contact bowlers with a bowling arm directly to notify them of upcoming Bowling Arm specific events or selection trials etc. Click here for further information.

I use a Bowling Arm but I’m not getting any direct emails about upcoming events?

Please contact Bowls Tasmania via email to register your email address to your profile so you are getting all of the latest information. Contact Bowls Tasmania;

What is the Bowling Arm Tasmania Committee and what is their role?

The Bowling Arm Tasmania Committee is a Committee under the Board of Bowls Tasmania and is responsible for the management and oversight of all bowling arm activities in Tasmania. Click here for the Bowling Arm Tasmania Committee Terms of Reference. The Committee comprises a Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary and 6 regional representatives (2 from each State region) together with a Bowls Tasmania Board Director.  The Committee meets on a regular basis and is able to co-opt other members as required (e.g. fundraising co-ordinator). Current Committee members are –
  • Chairman:  Ian Williams     0414 488 064
  • Deputy Chairman:  Joe Reissig       0448 777 510
  • Secretary  Gordon Hurst      0414 737 497
  • BTAS Board Director: Les Harrison     0419 016 886
Regional Representatives & Contact People South
  • Geoff Price     0467 262 220
  • Mike Cawthorn     0419 104 518
North West
  • Ross Bebbington  0400 531 686
  • Heather Jones 0400 599 920
North / East Coast
  • Joe Reissig 0448 777 510
  • Ian Williams 0414 488 064
  • State Bowling Arm Coach – Peter Thow     0407 877 414
  • Fundraising Co-ordinator – Jillian Weston
Activities with which the Committee is involved include organising regular social/gala days, carnivals and coaching opportunities specifically for bowlers with bowling arms throughout Tasmania, and management of the State Bowling Arm Team‘s competing in the annual  National Bowling Arm State Challenge. A regional round robin will be held each season.   Click here for details and the Conditions of Play.
  • Bowling Arm Tasmania Gala Day Sunday 22 May 2022

    The next Bowling Arm Gala Day will be held at the Brighton Bowls and Community Club, at 10.00am on Sunday, 22 May 2022.   All armed bowlers are invited, regardless of ability. Entry is $5.00 per bowler and lunch will be available at reasonable cost. A fun day with like-minded bowlers is assured.

    This will also be a chance for those seeking selection in the State team for WA to impress the selectors with their skills. RSVP by 16 May to Ian Williams on 0414 488 064, or Joe Reissig on 0448 777 510.

  • Expressions of interest – 2022 Bowling Arm State Team

    Expressions of interest are sought from Tasmanian bowlers who wish to be considered for selection in the State Bowling Arm Team to compete in the 2022 National Bowling Arm Sides Championships to be held at Warnbro, Western Australia, from 5 to 9 September 2022. The team will consist of 18 armed bowlers (including 3 reserves) and a team manager. The team will have at least 3 women bowlers. It is proposed that the team travel to Warnbro on Saturday, 3 September and, depending on  flight availability, return to Tasmania on either 10 or 11 September. Team members will be self-funded, with airfare, ground travel and accommodation costs expected to be approximately $1200 to $1800. A small subsidy will be provided towards these costs by the Bowling Arm Committee using funds raised for this purpose. Armed Bowlers wishing to be considered for inclusion in the team should advise their details to Gordon Hurst , Secretary, Bowling Arm Committee at, no later than 20 April 2022. It is expected that team selection will be finalised by early June with successful bowlers notified shortly after. Please contact Ian Williams on 0414 488 064 for further details, if required.
  • Full details and Conditions of Play for the 2022 Regional Round Robin.

  • Results from the 2022 Regional Round Robin.

  • Second round of 2022 Regional Round Robin – Kingborough Sunday 24 April 2022.

  • Third round of 2022 Regional Round Robin – Kings Meadows Sunday 26 June 2022.

  • Australian Bowling Arm Sides Championships – Warnbro, Western Australia, 5 to 9 September 2022

  • 2021-22 Program of Events

The following drills have been provided courtesy of Peter Thow.     To get the best out of these drills, it is important to do the scoring so that your continuing improvement can be seen over time.   Your game is guaranteed to improve if you use these drills as part of your practice.
Controlled Conversion A4 Drills -1 Draw Bowling Drills
Drawing A4 Drills Leads Drills
Positional Drawing A4 Drills Weight Conversion A4 Drills-1
40 Bowl Draw Drill 48 Bowl Drawing Drill