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What you need to know (part 1)


Over the next few weeks, we will be going through some important bits of information which all Australian Open participants should know. This week, we start with the basics.

Match times

The first match of each day (barring a few minor exceptions during the final two days) will begin at 9:00am, with 8:45am trial ends. Matches 2 and 3 of each day are scheduled for 11:45am and 2:30pm. Trial ends will only be played for the first match of the day in a given discipline.

During sectional rounds, all sections will be played at the same club on one day; this means that participants do not need to move from club to club within a match day.

Until the quarter-final rounds, all matches will be run to a 2 hour, 15 minute time limit. From quarter-finals onwards, Open Singles, Pairs and Fours matches will be untimed, while all other disciplines will be limited to a maximum of 3 hours.


The match formats for all relevant disciplines are as follows:

  • Singles: 4 bowls each, 21 shots up (shots in excess of 21 do not count);

  • Pairs: 3 bowls each, 18 ends.

  • Fours: 2 bowls each, 15 ends.

There are no dead ends at the Australian Open; if a jack comes to rest outside of the playing boundaries, it will be respotted at the T (see section 2.7 of the CoP).

Qualifying into the knockout rounds

All sectional winners for every discipline will automatically qualify for the knockout rounds, and will be placed in the knockout draw at random.

Additionally, in most disciplines next best qualifiers will be used to fill the remaining number of knockout spots. The number of next best qualifiers differs for each discipline.

Importantly, next best qualifiers can only meet section winners in the first round of the knockout rounds (they cannot meet other next best qualifiers). For more information about how next best qualifiers are calculated, please see section 7.2 of the CoP.

Next week, we will be digging a little bit deeper into the Conditions of Play and giving you a rundown on how prize money is allocated and distributed!




Host Club Profile - Mermaid Beach



A three green club located in the heart of the Gold Coast and just a few minutes from the famed Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the beach, Mermaid Beach has been making significant strides as a club over the last three months.

Bowlers will be treated to some of the best greens on the Gold Coast as well as a revitalised clubhouse. The club is also running a 2 Day Combination Medley event for teams of four on June 9 and 10 as a lead into the Australian Open, a perfect chance for interstate players to find form and get a grip on conditions ahead of the World's Biggest Bowls Festival (the flyer for the event can be downloaded here).

Click here to learn more about Mermaid Beach


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary


Get away from the hustle and bustle of the Australian Open by visiting Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander through the open animal enclosures, experience the amazing wild bird shows, witness amazing Aboriginal cultural performances or get physical by taking on the tree-top ropes course!

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctruary is located only 20 minutes drive from Broadbeach on the Gold Coast Highway, and is open 7 days a week. What better way to spend a day off than to hand feed a kangaroo or hold a koala bear?!

  Check out more information aboiut Currumbin here!  


Host Club Profile - Club Helensvale



A host club for the upcoming Asia Pacific Championships in 2019 and World Bowls Championships in 2020, Club Helensvale prides itself as a high class venue for international standard events and on its ability to look after people from all around the world.

The club is also a well known high performance hub and over 45 club members have entered the Australian Open, so Helensvalemay be very difficult to beat in the local Champion Club title! Look out for the usual suspects in Wilkie, Clarke and Rice, but also for juniors Shane White (who won 3 of the 4 Queensland Junior State titles in April) and former Victorian Jayden Christie in the 2016.

Click here to learn more about Club Helensvale


Players to watch - Aaron Wilson


NAME - Aaron Wilson

CLUB - Clayton, Melbourne and Ashfield, Sydney.

MOST RECENT ACHIEVEMENT - Part of the winning Victorian side to claim the 2016 Alley Shield; is a former Australian Open Singles Champion and 2016 World Junior Singles champion.

WHAT HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT THE 2016 AO - “The Australian Open is the pinnacle of bowls and it’s exciting to have such a great opportunity to play against Australia’s and the world’s best players.

“Also having the chance to play with good friends and my family is always a highlight and I look forward to making some more life-long memories at an AO.”

Aaron Wilson is one of the most promising rising stars of the sport and also one of the most enthusiastic as we witnessed during his appearance for the Blundstone Melbourne Roys in APL03.

Wilson will spend plenty of time on the Gold Coast greens leading up to the Australian Open; he has competed in the World Junior Championships in April, Wilson will team up with Australian Jackaroos in the friendly series between Scotland and Australia from June 5-7 at Broadbeach and then the Blue Ribbon Pairs Tournament at Broadbeach on June 8 & 9 skipping fellow Victorian Barrie Lester.

Wilson has plenty of fire power and his unpredictable style of play will prove difficult for opponents in the Australian Open.

Wilson is a proven winner at the Australian Open having claimed the coveted singles title in 2013 and that is why he is a player to watch out for come finals at this year’s AO. 

Click here to view one of the newest Australian Jackaroos player profiles


Australia vs Scotland on the Gold Coast

In case you missed it, 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

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

Places may still be available through entrant withdrawals

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 to find out more!


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