Germania Halle had two kegel clubs during its early days.
The game of Kegel originated in ancient Germany. A kegel was originally a wooden club carried as a general purpose tool. It was used as hammer, a weapon, and on Sundays after church it became a target. Churchgoers would place their Kegel in the church yard and bowl a stone at it, believing they would be freed from sin if they hit it! Sometimes up to 15 pins were used in a game, but eventually, 9 pins were deemed more appropriate. Modern 10 pin bowling evolved from there.