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Not so much an ancient game, more a state of mind


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Thoughts about skills and Techniques

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on April 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s been a long time since I’ve written, partly because endless match reports are really only of interest to those involved, and let’s be frank: Karl and I are both there, so what do we need with match reports? However lately certain things have been coming up regularly that warrants some comment.

I’ve mentioned skill levels before, but it’s interesting to see the effect of rising skill on the games. The main effect has been on the type of shots we aim for...

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The World Champions Forge Frightening Skills!

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on March 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Self-deprecation is a well worn mode of humour when playing Lawn Billiards, largely because, let's face it, we're rubbish at the game. Playing regularly would help and there again we've not been the best at that. However the ledger is falling into the plus side at long last and The Master of the Treasury and the acting President-for-Life have been getting skilled up in the right ways.

Last weekend for instance, high scoring shots were far more common than is the norm. Three point cannon...

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A Refreshing Blast

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on September 24, 2011 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A VA--A-A-ST turn out by Stalwart Wollstonian standards gathered at the park to play up a storm ahead of the forecast storm. We had spectators! We had players! Players QUEUEING up to play! In fact there was only one game of singles which was pretty much a warm up for the main event..

Karl and Nic and Max were first on the scene and Max and Nic fought a close battle with Max comfortably winning 21-17. Newcomers Ari and Peter teamed up with Max and Karl respectively and some excellent sho...

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With a Bang and a Splat

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on September 5, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It is one year since the terrific noise of the 4th of September 2010 woke us at 4:35 with a violence that made all in our house fear bombing or worse. The opening day of last season was meant to be the next day. As it turned out we had a lovely season with very pleasant weather, albeit an interrupted one with the horror that followed in February. As a rock geek during my childhood I knew something about earthquakes. I was also aware of how painfully slow geological time is by human standards ...

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Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on August 19, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This looks like goo. It's meant to be go. Not goo. Really!

Anyway the Third Season Opening Day is also the First Anniversary of You-Know-What! So come and celebrate in style with a bit of lawn billiards thrown in.

A Revoltin' Development

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on January 14, 2011 at 9:34 PM Comments comments (0)


Well do I feel like a dunce. It's been said more than once that my assumptions get me into trouble and this one is a stonkeroo. Arthur of New Albion, mentioned as the man with the red hot poker in the previous post, got back to me via Bookface about the balls. They would be ready on Monday afternoon. As the HUGE membership drive (disguised as a bike ride) was to take place the day before, it was a slightly panicky Nic who couldn't get hold of Arthur for a while.


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Pokerwork on the balls and Plotting

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on January 3, 2011 at 5:51 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you who haven't noticed, it's a new year, and inevitably that brings me to the topic of Lawn Billiards. I polished the balls a few weeks back, causing the Master of the Treasury to whine that they all looked the same. Not being one to shy away from a challenge I have taken the balls by the horns and galloped off to Ohoka, where Arthur of New Albion has worked his magic on them. You'd be a goose to confuse them now. Come along on Sunday the 9th of January and you will see.

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Rules - the fewer the better

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on November 27, 2010 at 4:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week's chukkas brought a couple of things to light. One was the excellence of the brew at Cassels and Sons. Keeping it local, these fine lads do their thing in a wood fired kettle using organic ingredients - the dinkel in particular is a testament to that. Very full, malty taste. The brewery is at the old Woolston Tannery on the corner of Garlands Rd and Cumnor Tce and there are plans for a pub, restaurant and garden. A certain brewer said he was twisting the arm of Cassel Snr to include...

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Season Opener 2010-11 Ooh-aargh!

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on September 19, 2010 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (0)

The day dawned sunny and bright as the much-anticipated new season dawned with it. Hang me for a coward and a ninny, but I hadn't actually been down to the grounds to check out shifting after the earthquakes. Last season I got up early and went and mowed the pitch too short in the frost and the grass was very yellow looking and there were clumps of cut grass strewn all over the shop. Not a great look, really. This year I had a trip to the tip to manage, but purely on a whim swung by the recyc...

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End of the Season and Uniforms

Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on May 7, 2010 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, I call it successful. Before last September no-one played Lawn Billiards. Now not only do we have keen players, but we also have a pretty good handle on the subtleties of the game and have seen skill matched against skill with measurable results. This, I think, is what truly matters in a game if it is to be considered a worthwhile pursuit; without a certain level of skill the game remains a game of chance, which unless there's money riding on it, becomes pretty darn boring pretty darn q...

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