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What you need to know - Conditions of Play


This week, we take a look at the conditions of play for the World's Biggest Bowls Festival. While this summary will be handy in getting an overarching view of the event, it is by no means comprehensive and bowlers are encouraged to read the full document, which can be found here.

Entries, Withdrawals and Clashes (Section 1)

While entries for the event have closed, bowlers should be aware that any withdrawn entries will be filled by late entry requests on a first come, first serve basis.

The schedule of play has been designed to limit the chance of clashes in every discipline, however there is a small chance of clashes late in the event (particularly with Bowlers with a Disability and Under-18 entrants). The controlling body will endeavour to amend the schedule to accommodate these bowlers, however if this is not possible section 1.2.8 will apply.

Event Structure (Section 2)

In most disciplines, sections contain four entries each, meaning three sectional matches. All section winners will qualify for knockout rounds, as well as a number of next-best-qualifiers for each discipline. We touched on time limits and match formats in last week's newsletter; click here for a refresher on these matters.

If the schedule is interrupted for any reason (including weather), the controlling body may amend the length, format and scheduled time of matches to achieve a result. This will be communicated primarily by email.

Players, Subsitutes and Replacements (Section 3)

Players within a team discipline may be amended up until the first match of a given discipline, at which point they become constituted. Any team amendments should be sent in writing to, noting the outgoing player/s and the full name, nominated club, date of birth, mobile number and postcode of the replacement player.

Replacements and subsitutes may be allowed in some instances, however must be approved by the Tournament Director or their delegate at your host club. If required, please speak to an umpire at your club.

Movement of players and delaying play (Section 4 and 5)

The conditions of play outline the regulations around approaching a head in all disciplines. If an umpire deems that a player is deliberately delaying play, they will be warned in the first instance and any subsequent breaches will incur the penalties under sections 5.2 and 5.3.

Points, forfeits and ladders (Sections 6 and 7)

Players/teams will be awarded 3 points for a sectional win, 1 for a tie and 0 for a loss. In the case of a forfeit, points and shots will be distributed based on the average shots for each discipline during last year's Australian Open - this can be found under sections 6.1.3 and 6.1.4.

Please make sure that you check that scores are correct on scorecards prior to signing them - all signed scorecards will be taken as final. Errors in the result of any signed scorecard will not be corrected due to its' affect on sectional winners and next-best-qualifiers.

Ladder ranking methods are outlined in section 7.1 and 7.2 for next best qualifiers, and teams are ranked by points in the first instance followed by net total shots (shot difference) and shots percentage (shots for/shots against).

Next week, we will bring you details about uniform, bowls legality and how to claim your prize money!


Click here to view the complete Conditions of Play for the event


Club bowlers enthusiastic about the Australian Open



The Australian Open will have the privilege of hosting hundreds of everyday club bowlers in this year’s field due to their never die wondering attitude towards mixing it with the best of the best in our sport.

Two gentlemen, Ray Ganderton and Rob Pollock are members of the Broadbeach Bowling Club and can’t wait to sink their teeth into the world’s richest bowls event when they line up alongside two other Broadbeach members in the men’s fours competition.

Fifth grade pennant players respectively, Ganderton and Pollock saw the Australian Open was open to any bowler of any ability and didn’t hesitate to form a team to enter a world class tournament and gain some experience in a sport they can’t get enough of. 



To read the rest of the article click here


Host Club Profiles - Paradise Point


Paradise Point is the northern-most club in the Australian Open, and boasts a world class and very eye-catching undercover synthetic green which will be used for this year's event.

The club will be running a Carnival Pairs Day on June 25 (the day after the conclusion of the Open), and will welcome entries from Australian Open bowlers - certainly not a bad place to play following the hustle and bustle of the Open with the lure of taking home a share of the $2,000 prize money pool!

  Click here for more about Paradise Point  

$12,000 Blue Diamond Pairs attracts world class field


If you are on the Gold Coast in the days leading up to the Australian Open we know where you can find quality bowls to watch.

Broadbeach Bowling Club will hold their second $12,000 Blue Diamond Pairs event on June 8 and 9 and there is no doubting this year’s field has surpassed last year with over 50 past and present international bowlers set to take to the greens in preparation for the world’s biggest bowls festival, the $250,000 Australian Open.

With a full field of 56 teams, Broadbeach’s four greens will be bustling with world class bowlers getting a taste of what can be expected during the Australian Open which will commence with men’s singles sectional play on Saturday, June 11.


Click here to read the full article and view the entire Blue Diamond Pairs field



Cooly Rocks On!


Arriving on the Gold Coast early or looking for things to do on the first weekend of the Open? Why not take a peak at this excellent piece on Cooly Rocks On, Australia's biggest '50s and '60s nostalgia festival.

Whether it's vintage cars, Harley's or glamour pageant, this free festival is sure to catch your eye.

Cooly Rocks On runs from June 3 to 13 on the stunning Coolangatta and Tweed Heads beachfronts.

  Check out the Cooly Rocks On website here.  

Australia vs Scotland on the Gold Coast

Two of the world’s powerhouse bowls nations; Australia and Scotland will face off at Broadbeach Bowls Club from June 5 to 7.

Catch a glimpse of international superstars, the likes of Alex Marshall MBE, Aron Sherriff, Paul Foster and Karen Murphy in the much anticipated duel.

For those unable to witness the stars in action, two matches will be filmed for episodes of The Bowls Show. 

In a twist on standard international test series, the two nations will conclude the friendly test series with two Jack Attack matches on Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30pm. 

Click here for more information

Missed getting your entry in? SIgn up for a late entry request

Places may still be available through entrant withdrawls.

While the draws for the Australian Open have now been released, bowlers who missed the entry deadline may still be able to participate in the event by submitting a late entry request.

Late entry requests are treated on a first-come, first-serve basis - if an entry becomes available through a withdrawal, our friendly staff will contact you to process the entry fee.

Click here for more information


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