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Points in League Matches

Quick Version:

For a league match with four rinks (such as Men's P&D Evening Matches, or any of the G&F Mixed Triples Matches), there are 16 points to play for, awarded as follows:

  • 2 points for each winning rink and
  • 8 points for the winning team (i.e. with the highest number of shots from all rinks combined)

So you can see that every shot counts, even in a losing rink. Many match results are decided by just two or three shots.

Extended Version:

Points are scored in League Matches as an aggregation of rink shot scores and overall match shot scores.

  • For each rink, 2 points are available
    • a rink win (more shots scored than the opponent) is worth 2 points
      • a tied rink (same shot score for each team in that rink) earns 1 point for each team.
    • so, for example, in a four-rink match (with 8 rink points available), a team winning three out of four rinks would earn 6 rink points, and their opponents (for their one winning rink) would earn 2 rink points
  • The match itself is worth a number of points equal to the number of rink points available.
    • a match with four rinks would therefore be worth 8 match points for the win
    • a match with two rinks would be worth 4 match points for the win
    • the match points are won by scoring more shots in total (all rink scores added together) than the opponent
      • a tied match (same total shot score for each team) sees the match points shared equally.
  • Thus the overall points earned by a team in a match consists of the team's rink points total added to any match points earned.
Number of Rinks Rink Points available Match Win Points available Overall Points Available













A match example is shown in the document below. Further below are the implications for all players in a team match.

Correspondingly, a bowler is not just bowling for their own rink.

If one rink score starts mounting (whether for you or against you), remember that the rink is only worth 2 points, but your rink's contribution to the overall match is worth far more.

So with a mounting score, do not lose concentration (if winning) or heart (if losing). Your final rink score is likely to be important for the match.

  • If winning, keep your concentration, maintain the pressure on the opponent and don't ease up, thinking that the rink is already won, so your job is over - it's not - there's a match to be won for many more points, and another rink may see your own team losing significantly.
  • if losing, keep heart and focus; if you're going to lose an end, minimise the extent of the loss - to one shot, if possible; your contribution may enable the team to win the match overall, for far more points than just the two lost on your rink.

Toward the end of the match, the more experienced bowlers should be keeping an eye on the overall match score. That may sometimes result in odd calls from the head - perhaps with unusual instructions or target positions for your bowls, or not bowling the final wood and tactically accepting a small deficit on that end.