Let us teach you

We are delighted to have Les “Bushy” Carter, who is the current Coach of the South Australian side, appointed as our Club Coach.

Les has played more than 150 State games, has been the State Coach for the last 4 years, has played at senior level for the last 30 years and is a fully accredited coach.


Our Coaches

Les Carter
Graham Wright
Trevor Bairstow

About Les

Les’ approach to coaching is one of working closely with players to ensure that they get a positive outcome from each coaching session, however small that outcome may be. He focuses on all aspects of the game including technique, mental approach and strategy and he is able to provide this to all players from the novice to the most experienced bowler. He is a strong advocate of mentoring and works hard to implement this as a scheme for transferring knowledge from experienced bowlers. This is also a great strategy for building team morale within a club.

It has been his experience that a sound coaching platform provides many benefits for a club. It is the basis for player attraction and retention. It improves club morale and team spirit and as players’ skills and confidence increase then a club’s competitive edge improves.

Key Facts

Began playing 1976

SA state squad member 1994 – 2007 (151 state games)

SA Men’s State Team Coach 2014 – present

Bowls Premier League Coach 2015 – 2016

Les was crowned Australian Coach of the Year, 2017 at the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame Awards Night.


Coaching Options

Les will commence with us on 1st October 2018, but will be leaving winter training drills with us for the new season’s preparation. From October he will provide 2 skills-based training sessions, one for 2 hours on Tuesday mornings (focus on Thursday pennants, but not solely), and another 3 hours (focus on Wednesday and Saturday players) on Friday afternoons.

Details of how this will be done will be provided closer to the commencement of the season. Les also proposes 3 skills based training sessions for Night Owls during the season, and one on one booked 30 minute structured training sessions as required on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Coaching Sessions

Coaching sessions are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Please contact us to check current availability and make a booking

TIGER TIPS :   Les Carter leads a discussion with Club Members on techniques and tactics
TIGER TIPS : Les Carter leads a discussion with Club Members on techniques and tactics

Learn how to play bowls

At Toorak Burnside Bowling Club we love helping new players learn all they can about the wonderful sport of lawn bowls, and helping current players constantly improve their game. To those ends we provide the following educational content for everyone to enjoy.