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International raiders take aim at $250k Aus Open


A host of the sport’s heavy hitters have advanced through to the blue-ribbons women’s singles knockout rounds of the $250,000 Australian Open today.

An all-international blockbuster is scheduled to commence proceedings at Musgrave Hill when the knockout round of 128 begins on Saturday, with South Africa’s Colleen Piketh and Canada’s Kelly McKerihen drawn together in the early elimination stages of the world’s most lucrative bowls event.

Tasmania’s only world bowls champion, Rebecca Van Asch is also set on a collision course with an international raider, and will face Malaysia’s Nor Fidrah Noh at Robina.

Australia’s reigning female bowler of the year, Natasha Scott is another who will encounter an international import in an attempt to advance deeper into the field and will play Hong Kong China’s  Camilla Leung.

The sectional rounds were not without their share of casualties, with Carla Krizanic among the big names bundled out of the discipline after suffering two losses among the three rubbers today, and now pins her hopes on the pairs and defending the fours title - both of which she will do alongside Scott.

Krizanic’s chances of toppling Scott for the coveted year-long Australia’s number one female bowler award take a dive as a result of the exodus, as the duo will earn identical points from the team disciplines.

A total of 55 next best qualifiers make the round of 128, with two wins and a margin of +6 shots enough to earn section losers a berth in the knockout stages.

The singles rounds continue next Saturday, with the men commencing at 9.00am in the round of 256 and the women taking to the green from 11.45am for the round of 128.

The Australian Open continues tomorrow with the men’s and women’s pairs across 12 Gold Coast clubs.

One of titanic tussles scheduled to draw a crowd in the encounter between Club Helensvale based Australian Jackaroos duo Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice, who take on Jackaroos teammate Wayne Ruediger and his Adelaide Endurance compatriot Scott Thulborn at Broadbeach.

Caption: Rebecca Van Asch is just one of the many that will be tested by an international opponent in the first knockout game at the Australian Open.


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June 15 preview - It's pairs all round! 


Men’s and Women’s pairs take centre stage tomorrow across 12 host clubs on the Gold Coast.

Back-to-back Australian Open Women’s Pairs Champions Noelene Dutton and Emma Brown are in action at Musgrave Hill and will certainly be hard to beat with the impressive record the pair have established at the Australian Open.

One of the most interesting sections in the men’s pairs involves last year’s runner-up’s Braiden Leese and Sam White taking on 2008 Australian Open Pairs Champions Gary Lawson (New Zealand/Broadbeach) and Ryan Bester (Canada/Broadbeach).

Not to be overlooked is the family combination of John and Jay Breust from the New South Wales south coast who are sure to give the big names in section 107 a run for their money at Gold Coast Lawn.

Australian Jackaroos Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice take on Scott Thulborn and Wayne Ruediger in a first round blockbuster. 

Will all the stars win through tomorrow or will June 15 be a day of upsets? 


11 sunrise and sunset spots on the Gold Coast


When in paradise, sometimes it pays to get up early to catch some spectacular sunrises or visit one of the stunning beaches during sunset.

Hello Sunshine, the official travel blog of Queensland, has put together this amazing slideshow of images from around the Gold Coast, courtesy of Instagram guru Garry Norris.

Why not head on down to one of these pristine spots to check it out yourself? Make sure you include us in your snap by using the #AusOpen and #VisitGoldCoast tags and follow us on Instagram at @bowlsaustralia.

  View this spectacular slideshow here  

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Simply head to the iFLY website below and use AO2016 as your promo code (on the final page of the booking form) - this offer is valid from tomorrow (June 15) until the conclusion of the Open on June 24.


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Queensland armed bowlers team up for the worlds biggest bowls festival 


2016 will be the first time that the Australian Open will see teams of Armed Bowlers whom represent the Maroon Arm Bowlers Association.

This year the Maroon Armed Bowlers Association has entered three sides into the $250,000 Australian Open consisting of a ladies team and two men’s teams to compete in the open pairs and fours.

Members of the Maroon Armed Bowlers Association come from all parts of Queensland and later in the year will host the National Arm Bowlers Tournament played in September 2016, proudly supported by Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast.

  To read the full article click here  

Clarification to section of the Conditions of Play

All players should be aware that section of the Conditions of Play was incorrectly worded, and has now been amended and re-uploaded onto the Australian Open website here.

The intention of this rule is to avoid next best qualifiers meeting other next best qualifiers in the first round of knockout play, and this amendment has been made to ensure that the underlying philosophy behind the rule is enacted.


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