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He's back! Inspired by the Bulldogs win in the 2016 AFL Grand Final, World renowned Coach Lachlan Tighe has made a brief appearance out of retirement and penned another column for us. Read this month's colum below or access six years of monthly coaching columns via the links.

The ‘INVISIBLE’ team, bowls circa 2016

Players are the visible team - for our bowls club, our bowls association at state, provincial or national level.

My view is the INVISIBLE team is of equal importance to the success of the players.

One only has to look at the Western Bulldogs Football Club (Doggies, or the ‘scraggers as we used know them) and the victory secured in the AFL Grand Final.

In front of millions either at the MCG ground or watching live on television, the coach and his magical non-playing captain demonstrated the sheer weight of strength in character on that podium highlighting the significance of the contribution to the playing team by such members of an INVISIBLE team.

It was spine tingling to watch that moment of sheer character.

An overwhelming emotional post game experience.

The game, and then that momentous podium experience signifying the value of INVISIBLE team members, has been the topic of conversation in papers, on television, and even out and about in conversations in the community.

In bowls I would identify club executive, selectors and coaches as the INVISIBLE team members.
In Canada whilst coaching recently, and in the 5 weeks since back home, members of the INVISIBLE team at various clubs lament to me the lack lustre commitment of their players to the success of their clubs, or in Canada, their provincial / state teams.

I ask, so why choose these players!

In fact to me these players with flaws in commitment are little different to the flawed commitment of the INVISIBLE team, just different flaws.

As some of you know with my style, I am forever challenging the players commitment for them to aspire to be as good as they can be. However if players are doing all the slog to commit, how sure are we that our INVISIBLE team members are concurrently raising their level of commitment to take responsibility, to perform as well as possible in their chosen role in the organisation.

Selector, coach, committee member, it is not enough to have the title as a member of the INVISIBLE team.
You expect players to commit, do likewise being equally accountable and responsible as a vital cog in the INVISIBLE team.

And if not, why not!
Get up (to speed) or get out for the good of the combined teams, visible and INVISIBLE ones.
Let’s all in sport, heed the lesson writ large for all to see from the Doggies/ ‘scraggers
i.e. let’s set our collaborative sights goals and standards as a dual team;
let’s revel in our players successes, their journey;
let’s create a mood around the place of mutual respect whichever team we are in, playing or INVISIBLE;
let’s have the highest commitment from every member of each of our two teams;
let’s value what we saw with the Doggies, ultimate winners, and borrow from the best out West.

Lachlan Tighe, October 2016

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


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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