Irish Road Bowling

Register for the 12th Annual Irish Road Bowling Contest

         Saturday, July 9th not only will mark the date of the 30th annual Jefferson Township Day celebration but also the date of the 12th annual Irish Road Bowling Contest. Originally started by Jack Kelly, then President of the Jefferson Arts Committee, and taken over by Tom Hantson and most recently by George Damerel, this contest has grown into an exciting event associated with Jefferson Township Day. Last year, 12 teams competed and had a fantastic time!

         For those not familiar with the game, the alley is a country road approximately one mile long, and it is not officially closed;  and for this event, the Arts Committee is allowed to use Catholic Charities Way off Weldon Road, the home of Wiegand Farms at the Department for Persons with Disabilities facility. No improvements are made to the road; and the road is played “as is” – uphill, downhill, and winding, and there are no bumpers along the edge of the roadway on either side.  There is no stopping the ball when it moves so players have to also watch out for rocks and holes.

         The “bowl” used is small, black and dense about the size of a baseball but six times as heavy weighing 1 lb. 12 oz.  The bowler is allowed to throw it however he/she sees fit, but the most common approach is basically an underhand fast-pitch softball throw with a running start.  Team members throw the ball in rotation, and the team who takes the least number of throws to complete the course (similar to scoring for golf) iss declared the winner. 

         Now it’s your turn to try your hand at Irish Road Bowling by gathering together a team of four players, filling out a registration form which can be found at , and mailing it to the Arts Committee with your $10 entry fee.  Olympic style medals will be awarded to the first and second place teams.  

         Damerel reported that the winning team for 2015 was BRAD with Team MORRIS COUNTY CANNONBALLS coming in second place, and Team RACCOON ISLAND BOWLERS in third place.  Will they be back to defend their titles?

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