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Just 10 days to go to get your entries in!

 
 

Still scrambling to find you team and get your entries in? In case you missed it, entries for the World's Biggest Bowls Festival now close on April 25, 2016 at 11:59pm.

If you're still weighing up whether to make the trip to the sunny Gold Coast for the Australian Open, here are some reasons why you should take the plunge:

  • The largest prize pool yet, with $250,000 worth of prize money on offer across all disciplines and paying a staggering 544 prize money places;

  • Play for your club, with a local and interstate champion club to be crowned based off the combined performance of the club's members;

  • Older bowlers can now participate in the Over-60s Pairs as an alternative to the Open Pairs for a more relaxed option;

  • World class greens, world class location! Tie in bowls with a chance to visit Australia's premier holiday destination, the sunny Gold Coast;

  • Enter 3 disciplines or more and be in with a chance of winning double passes to see the Wallabies take on England live at Suncorp Stadium;

  • Great greens, great clubs and great people - be a part of the World's Biggest Bowls Festival!

For those looking to find other bowlers to create pairs or fours teams, make sure you check out our Facebook post which has already helped to create a number of teams.

We hope you're convinced - see you on the Gold Coast!

 
 

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John Roberts appointed Tournament Director of Australian Open

 
 

Experienced International Technical Official John Roberts has been chosen to play an integral role in the upcoming Australian Open, as the event’s Tournament Director.

Victorian-based Roberts, who was last year announced as the new Chair of the National Officiating Advisory Group, will play an important role in the lead-up to and during the $250,000 Australian Open, which will be staged across 15 Gold Coast clubs from June 11 to 24, alongside Events and Competition Manager Mark Casey and a host of volunteers.

The role of Tournament Director focuses on providing technical expertise to assist with the delivery and decision making process of events; in this case, the $250,000 Australian Open.

Bowls Australia intends to share the Tournament Director roles around the NOAG members over the coming events to ensure there is a breadth of talent and experience across the nation.

Bowls Australia congratulate and thank John Roberts.

Already booked your spot? Make sure you check out the Conditions of Play for the Australian Open

 
 
 
 
   
 

Borobi unveiled as the GC2018 mascot

 
 

A loveable koala with fur the colour of the ocean and a passion for surfing and adventure was spectacularly revealed as the mascot for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, and our Jackaroos Captain Lynsey Clarke was among the first to secure a koala cuddle.

Borobi – the indigenous Yugambeh language word for koala – will play a key role in welcoming the athletes of the world and bringing to life the true spirit of the Games.

It is the first time a koala has been chosen as the mascot of a major Australian multi-sport event.

Inspired by a drawing by Brisbane school teacher Merrilyn Krohn, the winner of the GC2018 Mascot Design Competition, Borobi’s outgoing and positive personality will invite the world to Share the Dream of GC2018.

Bowlers from across the country and the globe will get an early chance to test conditions of the GC2018 host venue, Broadbeach, when the Australian Open gets underway from June 11.

 
 

Visit the official 2018 Commonwealth Games website here

 
 
 
 
   
 

Cowan likes his NTC Squads chances at AO

 

 

Victorian and Tasmanian NTC Coach Mark Cowan will have his eyes firmly on his chargers at this year’s Australian Open with roughly 15 of his elite squad members all competing in the $250,000 pinnacle event on the Gold Coast. 

Victorians were in the winner’s circle last year with Carla Krizanic (nee Odgers) claiming the $20,000 women’s fours in a composite side and Fitzroy Victoria’s Tiffany Brodie winning the Hearing Impaired Singles title. 


Cowan was also extremely impressed with his younger squad members who made their presence known in the open disciplines; 17 year-old Jayden Christie who made the last 16 in the men’s singles, Tiffany Brodie, at just 15 years of age, reaching the quarter-final in the women’s singles and 17 year-old Joshua Corless, skipping his side to victories against England’s Stuart Airey and Scotland’s Alex Marshall on the way to the final eight of the men’s fours. 

 

 

To read more about Mark Cowan and his advice for his squad click here

 
 
 
 
   
 

What's on at our host clubs?

 
 

While the Australian Open is one of the showpiece bowls events in Australia, there are plenty of bowls events run by our fantastic host clubs to get involved in before, during and after the Open as well.

Check out the link below for more information on these events, including mixed pairs and men's fours events at McKenzie Park Nerang, one-bowl fours and ladies triples at Mudgeeraba and two BA Player Rankings System tier 4 events: the two day men's pairs at Musgrave Hill and the Coolangatta Bonanza.

We encourage all participants to check out these and other great club events, and we will keep you updated as more competitions are organised!

 
  Check out what else is on during the Australian Open  
 
 
 
   
 

Accommodation and attraction offers aplenty on the Gold Coast!

 
 

Courtesy of our friends at Visit Gold Coast, we're pleased to bring Australian Open participants some fantastic accommodation and experience offers.

Simply click here to check out these great deals and discovery some of the other amazings activities the Gold Coast has to offer when you're not on the green.

 
 
 
 
   
 

Player to watch - Ray Pearse

 
 

NAME- Ray Pearse

CLUB- Cabramatta, New South Wales

MOST RECENT ACHIEVEMENT- Bronze and silver medals at the 2015 Asia Pacific Championships and gold in the Six Nations Invitational triples in New Zealand.

WHAT HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE 2016 AO- I am looking forward to playing in the most competitive tournament in the world, on best the best greens in the world, and where you can find the best beaches in the world.

What more could anyone want? Plus the prize money doesn't hurt either.”

Ray Pearse is one of the newest members of the Australian Jackaroos but has quickly established himself as an international star. Not many Australian representatives can say they won two medals during their international debut.

Pearse is going into the 2016 Australian Open strong; leading for Australian icon Kelvin Kerkow in the pairs and joining a star studded fours side with Brett Wilkie, Matt Baus and skipped by arguably Australia’s best Aron Sherriff.

Early indications point towards 2016 being Razor’s best Australian Open performance to date.

The current NSW State Singles Champion is determined to make every post a winner, this is why Pearse is a player to watch at this year’s Australian Open. 

Click here to view Razor's player profile

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Bowls Show

In case you've missed it, our great sport will return to free to air television with the launch of The Bowls Show on our free-to-air partner SBS!

The premier episode will be screened on SBS on Sunday, May 15 at 1.00pm - make sure you tune in for this historic moment as the sport makes its re-entry to the world of free-to-air!

Remember, if you miss any episodes the show will also remain on SBS On Demand following each screening, so you can always catch up what you miss (or re-watch the show!).

Click here for more information
 
 

Looking for a partner or team?

Check out BA's Facebook page

Bowls Australia has dedicated a Facebook post for bowlers looking for partners, teams or players to fill a team.

Simply follow the link below, read of the instructions and post away - hopefully you strike gold and meet some interesting people, win some prize money, play against some of the sport's legends or all of the above!

Learn more here!

 
 
 
         
 
 
 
 
 

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