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Welcome to the April 2015 edition titled ‘What is it about we bowlers?’ provided by internationally renowned coach, Lachlan Tighe. Find out more about Lachlan and his coaching achievements here.

What is it about we bowlers?

Last week I, and about 30-40 spectators, was privileged to witness the best theatre of bowls in my lengthy experience with 4 world champions, 3 Aussie squad players and an eighth player forming the field for the finals of the Victorian masters singles all on at the same time on the one green.

I have seen superb bowls before, not unusual, however never the enthralling theatre of performances on all 4 rinks at Richmond.

That same week just a kilometre away at the MCG 93,000 spectators witness the cricket world cup final. Many coming from afar to watch the best. And paying $125 for gods sake.

We in bowls had our international champions down the road from the MCG, our hotshots, our brilliant exponents of bowls, all free of charge; and still we don't have the hearts and minds of you the bowls players to get off your behinds and come watch our best; our association administrators, , selectors and event directors are noticed by their absence, our coaches - advanced or not - are noticeably missing too.

How can anyone in any role to do with the better/ best level of bowling (selector, coach, player) from your top side club level to national level, be taken seriously in the role if they are not out there observing the very, very best. You tell me, I don't know!

And yet we all hear one another bemoan the lack of recognition within and beyond our sport. In all the time had within bowls, I still see, observe and hear the same parochial stuff that limits our emergence in modern day sport. We remain to my chagrin the cellar dwellars in the sporting world.

From whichever angle you take, we in bowls could have learnt so much at Richmond.
Go look at that bloody mirror, everyone!

I went to dinner with one World Champion, sought advice for a player I coach from another World Champ, and listened and conversed with a third World Champ. And one other finalist and I spoke about the menu of winning.

Great for me, but why don't the rest of us attend to take similar advantage of the presence of these fantastic players. And why cant fellow coaches, selectors and association administrators network these guys and share the insights with their respective bowls fraternities.

The sport misses theses opportunities. We would all learn so much in advancing our sport in whatever domain we are involved and interested; I think we are all too damn blinkered to go out (of our way) to learn.

Know alls are we!!!

Advanced coaching courses, pennant, youth policies, coloured garb and bowls etc, are all tools of merit but we don't tap the rich vein of these extraordinary athletes who are our elite.

After all of the above can I share what I talked about with the finalists by saying the content covered mainly these three aspects:
• What is the prime reason for your wins?
• What drives you, motivates you, to be so good, so skilled?
• Do you know your particular strength as a bowler?

Incidentally great to see Richmond initiative where the marker for Alex Marshall quarter final against Aaron Wilson had a minute video camera on his headband on his forehead to film that entire game from the head. For those aware an app called ‘coaches eye’ does this.

And congrats to Aaron Wilson who won the tournament.

Lachlan Tighe

Lachlan Tighe Website www.lachlantighebowls.com
Lachlan Tighe email l.a.tighe@bigpond.com mob.0409 532 953


February 2015 Master Class Coach Workshop Lessons - Changing Hands, Lesson 2

January 2015 Master Class Coach Workshop Lessons - Changing Hands, Lesson 1


December 2014 - Leadership

November 2014 - Bowlers as Players, Attributes

October 2014 - Pressure, Training to Cope

September 2014 - Mental Toughness

August 2014 - Going, Going...Gone

July 2014 - Masterclass Coaching

June 2014 - Missing Opportunities

May 2014 - We Don't Need Coaches

April 2014 - Five Years On

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