picture on front cover/dust jacket
Title Indoor Bowls - New Zealand Style
Author Reg Motion
Publisher Whitcombe & Tombs, Christchurch, New Zealand
First published 1974
ISBN 0-7233-0394-0
Edition reviewed 1st
Hardback/softback Softback
List price Not known
Cover size (cm)
(height x width)
21.0 x 13.6
Number of pages 99
Number of pages with Coloured photos Black & white photos Line drawings
  None 7 21
Synopsis The indoor bowls to which this book relates is a game peculiar to New Zealand - or was at the time this book was published in 1974. Then, at least 60,000 played the game, a figure claimed to be the highest of any sport in the country. It is played on a rectangular mat nominally measuring 22 feet (6.7 m) by six feet (1.8 m) and the bowls used are biased and about four inches (10.2 cm) in diameter. As such it has a number of similarities to English carpet bowls - perhaps the most obvious difference being the absence of a central block. You can learn more about this game here*.

The book is well written, skilfully illustrated, detailed and logically structured with a contents list that reads as follows:

  • General
  • Mode of Play
  • What Stance and What Delivery?
  • Recommended Stance, Grip and Delivery
  • Reaching the Target
  • Playing the Floor
  • The Right Shot
  • Singles Play
  • Playing Pairs
  • The Fours Game
  • Triples
  • Scoring and Measuring
  • Tournament Play
  • Umpiring
  • Playing Facilities
  • National Administration

*This document is in portable document file (PDF) format and requires installation of the free Adobe Reader program.