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Welcome to the April 2014 edition titled ‘...five years on,' provided by internationally renowned coach, Lachlan Tighe. Find out more about Lachlan and his coaching achievements here.

In April 2009, Mark & Alastair Hensell invited me to commence writing coaching columns as the Henselite coaching consultant.

Five years on, I share with you my reflection on our sport of bowls within Victoria specifically, as I have observed it.

• Commencement of ‘Coaching Coaches’ programs
• Improved selection and coaching process in some Regional sides
• Investment in bowls via the CDO appointments
• AO as a profile national event
• Bowls websites helping to communicate to us in contemporary society
• Modern coloured clothing, and bowls too
• Younger talented athletic looking bowlers

• The majority of lawn bowlers have not had the experience of state/elite representation in another sport; therefore they are unlikely to exercise practical application in training. In other words – most people’s idea of training is playing games.
• Parochialism and politics hindering program success – in other sports, when selecting ‘teams’ consideration is given to skill and talent; not personalities.
• Leadership & management positions at region/ state level retained by older folk (who are often averse to change)
• Lack of imagination in the management of the sport
• Inability of club management to use their green asset resource all year round
• Unwillingness of the sport to accept the concept of coaching
• An absence of coaches for representative Regional sides, or premier league sides
• Decline in the numbers of accredited coaches
• Stagnation of premier league as a viable competitive arena or as a profile marketing resource
• Unwillingness of association management to fully uses Darebin as the premiere venue
• Demise of the tournament circuit in Melbourne
• Clubs remaining outdated in look and operation styles
• Bowls as a pastime not as a fully fledged sport
• Pitiful efforts to woo younger modern women resulting in a decline in female numbers – a symptom of a lack of the way women are generally viewed in sport
• Social media attracting and encouraging mindless scathing critics

This past season 2013/14, as a club and a regional coach, enabled me to have first hand exposure to the sport and thus experience all of the above comments.

Note: my bowls book ‘Winning becomes you’ is now available from Henselite and other bowls shops.

Lachlan Tighe, April 2014


March 2014 - Winners Win with Leadership

February 2014 - Keeping Your Cool

January 2014 - Player Self Appraisal


December 2013 - Skill Intensity Program

November 2013 - Singles Serve

October 2013 - Weight Control Delivery

September 2013 - Team Cohesion, Selection

August 2013 - Knowing the Options

July 2013 - Coaching is Communication

June 2013 - Warriors

May 2013 - World Champions Reactions

April 2013 - Singles Tactics

March 2013 - Winning Pennant Finals

February 2013 - Training to win

January 2013 - ...Finally, Selectors


December 2012 - Deliberate Practice

November 2012 - Weight Control Delivery Discipline

October 2012 - Using the Second in a Fours Team

September 2012 - Pennant Team Pep Talk

August 2012 - Skill Audit

July 2012 - Skill Audit

June 2012 - Teamwork

May 2012 - One percenters

April 2012 - Trust

March 2012 - Lessons Learnt

February 2012 - Stop watch decisions workshop

January 2012 - Lessons learnt from attending the BA Hall of Fame Inaugural Award Night


October 2011 - Positivity, Self Belief, Mental Toughness

August/Septemeber 2011 - Alert

April 2011 - Sensory Awareness

March 2011 - Attitude in Teams


December 2010 - Caterpillar Program

November - Decision Options

October - Lachlan was in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games

September - Slow Green Drill

August - Decisions to Make

July - The Summit - Player Awareness

June - Pressure

May - Mastering the Yard On Shot

April - Consistency

March - Lessons Learnt 

February - Mind Games


December - Tactical Skill Decisions

November - What Bowlers Need to Succeed

October - A Winner's Menu

September - Training Skills for Thirds and Skips

August - Training Skills for Leads and Seconds

July - Attributes of Elite Bowlers

June - Goals

May - Tactical Skill

April - Pre-Delivery Routine