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Being a good bowler is about reliability, quality and precision. It is these same core principles that the Hensell Family has been successfully employing since it began to manufacture the Henselite Lawn Bowl in Australia, almost eighty years ago.

It was a passion for bowls and a drive for consistency that led the late R. W. Hensell to first invent the plastic bowl in 1930. The most significant innovation in Lawn Bowls in the history of the game, the move to plastic from wood and rubber bowls allowed the bowl to maintain its shape under varying climatic conditions.

Today we are still just as passionate about bowls and making the most accurate bowls in the world. Each bowl that comes out of our Melbourne factory is a result of highly-tuned precision engineering and we are always striving to better our product.

As the game of lawn bowls has changed over the years, so too has Henselite. What started out as a small family business making one style of lawn bowl, now makes a bowl to suit the local conditions wherever you are in the world. In Southern Africa we support the market through DJ Sports who are passionate lawn bowlers with a focus to support and develop the bowling community .

Now overseen by the 4th generation of Hensells, Henselite is the biggest manufacturer and distributor of Lawn Bowls worldwide and has won 3 Australian Export Awards and been inducted into the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in the U.S.A. for outstanding achievement in Lawn Bowls.

We are pleased to be able to give back to the sport that has fostered the growth of this great Australian company. Henselite is proud to have supported bowls and bowlers at all levels of the game including in the UK through the sponsorship of International teams at Junior and Senior level and National Junior and Senior competitions. We also support the development of our sport through UK coaching structures. Henselite has contributed financially to every World Championships since they began in 1966 as well as continuing to individually support many of the World’s top bowlers and rising stars.

Henselite is not standing still. Bowls continues to change. As a new generation of bowlers discovers the excitement of this great sport while adapting when, where and how it is played to meet the modern lifestyle, Henselite will continue to create products that suit the twenty-first century bowler but also carry on the company's tradition of reliability, quality and precision.

 ABOUT Henselite south africa

When we were approached to take over the Henselite Africa Distribution Agency, we jumped at the chance. We have been operating since 1 january 2015 taking over from the DJSports team.  the current Directors and stakeholders and support team have had a long history with lawn bowls.

The Henselite Team consists of
• Donny Piketh - ex SA Team member and International bowler
• Adrie Piketh - ex Provincial Bowler.
• Mark van Houten.
• Colleen Piketh - Current Protea bowler and winner of Pairs gold medal and singles bronze medal at the 2014 commonwealth games.
• Theuns Fraser – Currently the Head Coach for the South African Squad, ex SA Team and International bowler heading up Team Henselite. Team Henselite consists of South Africa’s finest players who will be representing our prestigious brand. See our Team Henselite page.

As can be seen from the above, the team has a wealth of bowling experience, with all the necessary expertise and understanding of the game to take the brand from strength to strength in Africa. We will be backing that up with excellent service delivery and stock compliment.

Our aim is to re-establish the Henselite brand to its former glory and rightful place in the South African market. Henselite is still the market leader worldwide, with stats from World Bowls 2012 suggesting that 62% of the participants played with Henselite bowls.

We also hope to give back to the game by devoting efforts to promoting bowls to underprivileged people and communities in our Country.