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Behind the scenes - building the draw


Now that the entries have closed, the task of collating all of those entries and putting them into a meaningful draw begins for Bowls Australia staff, lead by veteran Australian Jackaroo and now BA's Events and Competitions Manager Mark Casey. As Mark described to us, with an event of this size this can be quite a lengthy process!

"Once the entries for the Open close, the most important period of the preparation process begins. Some of the processes that our staff must go through include combing the entry lists for any errors or issues, determining the structure of each discipline, fitting this structure into our initial draft schedules and then randomly allocating each entry into the draw." Casey said.

Once all of this work is complete, it's a matter of confirming the structure with our wonderful host clubs and double, triple and quadrouple checking the structure to make sure it is as close to perfect as possible.

The good news is that we are well into this process, and we hope to release the sectional draw to all parcitipants in the week of May 16!

Check out the Australian Open website here

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The Bowls Show is now only 9 days away!



The moment we've all been waiting for is almost here, with the premiere episode of The Bowls Show to air on SBS at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 15!

The first episode will feature some of the biggest names in the sport including Karen Murphy, Steve Glasson and Mark Casey, as well as highlights of the first in a four episode series on last November's APL03.

If you can't watch the episode live, don't worry - you can catch The Bowls Show on SBS On Demand.

We hope you're excited as we are; for all the latest news on The Bowls Show make sure you follow BA on Facebook and check out more information here.


Host Club Profiles - Mudgeeraba


One of the smaller Australian Open host clubs, what Mudgeeraba lacks in size it makes up for in friendliness. With one of the keenest and most enthusiatic volunteer bases in the event, bowlers at Mudgeeraba are sure to be served with a smile.

Mudgeeraba is delighted to welcome bowlers from around Australia and beyond to it's club, and runs regular social bowls on Wednesdays and Thursdays for it's members and bowlers who have been knocked out of the Open! The club also has two events immediately following the Australian Open, the PB $2,000 One Bowl Fours and the Ladies Triples which are open to all bowlers while places last!

  Click here for more about Mudgeeraba  

NightQuarter – night markets


NightQuarter is the Gold Coast’s newest creative playground, featuring night markets, micro-restaurants, emerging fashion and a unique live music space. Featuring over 120 speciality food purveyors, designers, musicians and craftspeople featured within a shipping container city. Our vision is to bring people together in shared experience and celebration in an ever-evolving space.

From Friday 20 May to Friday 24 June, NightQuarter will host SEED's Volume 5 Album launch. SEED is an innovative music project starring the finest emerging acts from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University: Popular Music program.

Start: 06 May, 2016
Time: 4.00pm
Cost: $3
Address: 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212, Australia
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PLAYER TO WATCH- Carla Krizanic


NAME- Carla Krizanic (Odgers)

CLUB- Sunbury, Victoria

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

WHAT SHE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE 2016 AO- “playing coemptive bowls on world class greens that I enjoyed so much last year; and of course some warmer winter weather and meeting new bowling friends from all over the world.”

Krizanic has the opportunity to challenge Natasha Scott for Aero Bowls Female Bowler of the Year; however with the duo teaming up in the pairs and fours, a title they will be defending alongside Merrylands twins Samantha and Natalie Noronha, Krizanic will need to make her move on Scott in the singles.

Good thing Krizanic is an accomplished singles player having won the Australian Indoor Championships and Victorian Open Singles in the past 12 months, and also a semi-final appearance in her first World Cup this year.

Krizanic’s performance at the Asia Pacific Championships last year demonstrated her skills on quick greens, and this is why she is installed as an early favourite for the 2016 Australian Open. 

Click here to view Odgy's player profile


Australia vs Scotland on the Gold Coast

In case you missed it, last week we brought you the exciting news that two of the leading bowls nations in the world, Australia and Scotland, will contest a test series from June 5 - 7 at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Entry is free to all, and the series will feature a historic first international Jack Attack round, with two Jack Attack matches being filmed for The Bowls Show on the evening of Tuesday, June 7!

If you're a local, make sure you head down to catch some of the Scotland's best, including Alex Marshall MBE, take on your Australian Jackaroos.

Click here for more information

Late entries

If you missed the entry deadline, you may still have a chance to play

As per the Conditions of Play for the event, late entrants may be accepted, although only to replace existing entrants that withdraw. Late entrants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

To register your interest in submitting a late entry, click here.


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