Modbury is proud of its umpires & measurers with some International Technical Officers (ITO) accredited to officiate at the highest international events.

Accredited Umpires Accredited Measurers
 Jeff Davis  (ITO)   Jose Gil
 Jose Gil   Jeff Davis
 Ken Griffiths  Bob Prevost
Bob Prevost  Sheila Dempsey
 Robyn Stanbury
 Brian Newcombe
 Ken Griffiths

Coaching is available at Modbury to those who are beginning, have a problem or wish to try and improve their bowling. Accredited coaches are keen to help, and have agreed to a Coach’s Code of Behaviour and Police Check as part of the accreditation process.

Accredited Coaches  
There are many  experienced bowlers who are willing to help.

This video contains some useful tips on delivering the bowl:

What Shot Would You Play?

Shot SelectionBlack’s Second to bowl their first bowl

Some Options

  1. draw forehand close to keep opposition from scoring too many shots and perhaps widen head for later shots
  2. draw wide on the forehand just past the head to set up later shots
  3. draw forehand just overweight into the head to disturb head but stay in the area
  4. play a 4-5 yard weighted forehand shot to disturb head and move touchers well away
  5. draw forehand and stay as a resting toucher
  6. drive forehand or backhand at the 2 touching black bowls that are pointing straight at the white bowls
  7. draw backhand just overweight to stay in the head and move the back white bowl away
  8. play a 2 yard weighted backhand shot to shoot kitty out into the open (How far will kitty go given that it is touching front white bowl?)
  9. play a 4-5 yard weighted backhand shot to open the head up

Consider the possible results if the “perfect shot” is missed.

After considering the head from black’s point of view, what are your options, and which would you pick, if it was White’s Second to bowl?


How important is a leader? Consider this record over 40 games on leaders. On 61% of occasions whichever leader was holding shot after the leaders had finished, their team won the end. Whichever leader won their duel up front over the whole game, their team won an average of 12.7 ends of the 21, and won the game 73% of the time. So although leading is often under-valued, it really is at least as important as any other position.

The Leader should be the best draw bowler in the team.

They should not be one-handed as it limits tactical options, although lead is the only position you can play if you are one-handed.

A leader needs immense powers of concentration since they can be left out of the game after they have bowled. They can help keep their concentration by staying on the green, watching their game and cleaning and handing bowls to their team mates.

The leader’s job is to get as many bowls as they can within a yard of the kitty. Getting shot is secondary, so don’t be tempted to niggle the head when the opposition leader gets a very close one to the kitty. At the higher levels, a target to aim for is 60% within a yard of the kitty. A good way to monitor this is that most ends you will get 1 bowl within a yard and 1 bowl outside a yard. So on the other ends when you don’t get “1 in” and “1 out”, you need to have more “2 ins” than “2 outs”. If you get less than 50% (more “2 outs” than “2 ins”) you might want to get some more practice or coaching.

Practice before the roll up to groove your delivery. The roll up is for deciding which hand to play and where your aiming line is. Roll up with 1 bowl on each hand and watch very carefully which is the “kinder” hand. Most leaders usually favour the narrower hand unless it doesn’t appear to run true. If you are playing away (and particularly on ditch rinks), watch which side the opposition leader is playing, as they might have some local knowledge of the green.

During the game don’t change your hand if there is a bowl in the way unless the skipper asks. Sticking to the side you know is more likely to result in a bowl within a yard than changing hands. If you think a bowl is in your draw, consider moving your feet left or right on the mat to assist in going around or under the bowl and visualise missing the bowl not think you are going to hit it.

If you feel you cannot get the line or weight after a few ends, consider changing hands. However, it is necessary to talk to the rest of the team (particularly the skip) to decide on the impact on the game plan.

The skip may even ask you to change hands during the game even though you are going well on your favoured side. This will be to try and change the momentum of the game, and it is then necessary for you then to “take one for the team” and buckle down on the new side.