Jack Attack


Jack Attack Lite & Plus launched

Bowls Australia (BA) has unveiled extensions to the Jack Attack program, with Clubs set to benefit from limited ‘Jack Attack Lite’ and ‘Jack Attack Plus’ promotions, as part of BA’s COVID-19 Return to Bowls Plan.

Jack Attack is the fun and fast-paced format of bowls, aimed at encouraging new participation in the sport, with games completed in just over an hour.

There are already over 245 Clubs licenced to play Jack Attack, with the new offerings encouraging other Clubs to get involved for the first time or host further Jack Attack programs.

A limited number of Clubs will be offered a free Jack Attack licence for a trial period through the new Jack Attack Lite promotion; 50 Clubs that apply will benefit from this offer, which includes valuable support from local Regional Bowls Managers to help get programs running.

Clubs with an existing Jack Attack licence will be offered extra incentives through a new Jack Attack Plus offering, which includes a range of promotional material, the provision of payments for Jack Attack co-ordinators and incentives such as funding for barbecues, clothing and trophies.

BA acknowledges the support provided by Sport Australia, through their MOVE IT AUS-Participation program, in helping more people to become physically active through playing Jack Attack.

Learn more about the Jack Attack Lite and Jack Attack Plus offerings.

Get to know Jack Attack

Jack Attack is a fun and fast-paced format from the traditional form of lawn bowls, aimed to encourage participation with non-bowling members of the community.

Jack Attack is super easy to play!

It is a modified version from the traditional form of lawn bowls, with three players per team who each deliver their two bowls within an end, aiming to get as close as possible to the jack. 

The delivery of all six bowls completes an end, where teams then change direction of play and re-position the jack.

Teams complete two sets of five ends to determine a winner, and should the sets be even, a sudden-death tie-break will be played.

It’s all over in 60-75 minutes!

It emulates the style of play of the Bowls Premier League (BPL) competition, which is broadcast live on Fox Sports and Sky Sport NZ each February and November.

Jack Attack allows for the BPL format to be played directly at clubs across the nation, capitalising on its social, fast-paced format to help encourage participation with non-bowlers.

Jack Attack appeals to people who are looking for a more structured bowls competition than barefoot bowls, but don’t have the time to commit to longer formats of the game.

It’s intended to be run as a four-week competition, staged ideally on a midweek evening, but clubs are free to schedule games any time that suits their club and audiences.

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