|Posted by woolstonlawnbilliards on March 9, 2012 at 10:45 PM|
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 cannons were scored, as was that thriller from vanilla, the ringer from the shoe. Three chukkas, hard fought and closely matched had more excitement than we've experienced for a long time.
Now, all of this made us think about how far we've come. From taking on a game that hadn't been played anywhere for 35 years to making it an attractive and well-appointed game that not only gets attention but is challenging enough to keep people caming back time and again to keep pushing skills forward.
The old 'imagine if we were playing with lignum vitae balls' discussion came up. The difficulty with lignum vitae is that it is a tropical hardwood from Central and South America and the Caribbean. So it's in limited supply, has conservation values and is quite expensive to import to New Zealand. It appears in Schedule 2 of the Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989, so you need a certificate to import it. That costs, so the jolly old customer gets saddled with that.
It was with pleasant surprise that I learned that Southern Rata is the second hardest wood in the world, at 1104kg/m3! Golly! It's a bit tricky to get hold of, but Our Man Bruce is coming to the party and Viv from Greytown is also having a look around. I think that the beginning of next season will have new and fun stuff to play with!