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Title Better Bowls - A Manual for All Who Would Improve Their Game
Author E C Wearne
Publisher A H & A W Reed, Wellington, New Zealand
First published 1960
ISBN Pre-ISBN system
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.4 x 14.0
Number of pages 86
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None None 9
Synopsis Containing no theory Better Bowls - A Manual for All Who Would Improve Their Game is essentially a practical book of instruction for all rank and file players, including beginners. It embodies the experience of the author and incorporates the points emphasised to those who attended the author's lectures and demonstrations in his capacity of club coach. Their value has been proved by the achievements of champion players who have adopted them. There is nothing complicated about the instructions, and they prove that bowls is a simple game, made difficult only by the refusal of players to follow the simple rules that are here explained.

A journalist by profession, Mr Wearne gained a New Zealand-wide reputation as a writer on lawn tennis before he took up the game of bowls in 1942. A member of the Seatoun Bowling Club, Wellington, he was several times a finalist in the club singles before, in 1958 (the year of his presidency), he won the singles championship and then went on to win the Wellington Champion of Champions singles event, the only time it has been won by a member of the club in the nearly 50 years of its existence. He has also (with a partner) won the pairs championship of the club, and was a member of the team that won the club fours. He has had reasonable success in the Wellington Open Singles, and skipped a team in the final of the Wellington Easter Fours against the late Bill Hadwin. Seatoun Club is recognised as one of the strongest clubs in standard of play in Wellington.