‘On a roll’ takes on whole new meaning

Albert Critchlow tests the bias on the world’s first mobile lawn bowls green. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Albert Critchlow tests the bias on the world’s first mobile lawn bowls green. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

ALBERT Critchlow had never played on a bowling green like the one that rolled into Wodonga yesterday in his 10 years in the sport.

When he climbed on to a coach at the bowling club, rather than rows of seats full of passengers, he was confronted by green turf and a set of bowls.

He had played on all sorts of greens but never before had he rolled one down a green on wheels.

The world’s first mobile bowling green, built by travel company AAT Kings, is touring the country and yesterday’s Wodonga stop was its last in Victoria.

AAT Kings Victorian manager Julie Pratt said the green was a “quirky” way of supporting travel agents and to introduce people to what coach travel could offer.

Wodonga Travel and Cruise senior consultant Tony Murray said the coach provided an awareness about a different means of travel.

He said coaches could introduce people to new experiences, taking travellers to places they wouldn’t otherwise go.

Mr Critchlow said the green was a great way to promote the sport.

“It’s a good sport for people of all ages,” he said.

“Unfortunately, people don’t think about it until they play all these other sports first.

“This green is just a bit of fun for people and anything that promotes bowls is good.”

The coach will tour NSW before reaching Sydney on September 1.

Along the way, organisers will try to win Guinness World Records recognition for the longest game of indoor bowls.

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