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Favourites crash out as the Men's Pairs sectionals wrap up


The conclusion of the Australian Open’s men’s pairs sectional rounds has resulted in a who’s who list of big-name casualties, including two teams many of the pundits had pinned as early favorites.

With 432 teams playing off for 128 knockout spots over the past two days, the names of those on the wrong side of the ledger was always going to be length, but it proved to also be illustrious.

Today's section of death resulted in the elimination of the highly fancied pairs of Helensvale-based Australian Jackaroos stars Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice as well as the Adelaide Endurance guns and last year's men's fours champions Scott Thulborn and Wayne Ruediger - with both duos upstaged by Malaysia’s Zulhilmee Redzuan and Mohammad Fairus Abd Jabal; who remained undefeated during their three sectional rubbers.

Tugun Bowls Club was a hub of activity yesterday, hosting a number of high profile pairings including last year’s champions, Queenslanders Robbie Wild and Sean Baker, who eased into the next round with an unblemished day and a very healthy shot margin of +52.

Other pairs to emerge unscathed out of the southern club included current Jackaroo Ray Pearse and legend Kelvin Kerkow, NSW state representatives Jesse Noronha and David Ferguson and New Zealand pair Mike Reid and Rowan Brassey.

Australian Defence Force pairing Gerard Harkens and Phil Black survived a tough section, trumping the father-son pairing of Steve and Ben Glasson in the morning before winning their remaining two games, although the Glasson pairing racked up a large shot difference and qualified through as a next best qualifier.

Local Queensland legends and father/son combination Alan and Ian Law have also qualified through and now face the unenviable task of taking on the Pearse and Kerkow pairing in round one.

The Australian Open continues tomorrow with the remaining women’s pairs sectional matches and the commencement of the men’s fours.


Check out the full results of today's action here

Click here to see all sectional winners for the Men's Pairs


Tough draw again for Turley and Forsyth in a quality Men's Pairs knockout field


NSW veteran and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley has again drawn a tough section in the Men's Pairs after drawing Jeremy Henry in the sinfles, with Wayne and his partner John Green drawing National Coach Steve Glasson and his son Ben in the first round of knockout, to be played at Paradise Point.

Here are some other marquee matchups from the first round of the Men's Pairs:

  • Steve Glasson/Ben Glasson vs John Green/Wayne Turley

  • Mohammad Amir/Mohammad Ramli vs Mohammad Rusli/Izzat Dzulkeple

  • Geoff Maskell/Lee Schraner vs Zulhilmee Redzuan/Mohammad Abd Jabal

  • Darren Morrison/Ali Forsyth vs Wes Falconer/Leif Selby

Click here to see the Men's Pairs knockout draw!


Live reveal panels prove to be a hit!


A big thank you to all bowlers and patrons who joined us for our two live panel shows to reveal the draws for the Men's Singles and Women's Singles knockouts. Our hosts thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hopefully gave all of those in attendance a laugh or two.

A big thank you also to Kelsey Cottrell, Steve Glasson OAM, Barrie Lester, Lynsey Clarke and the one and only Lee "The Such" Such for providing their expert commentary and extreme wit to the World's Biggest Bowls Festival!


Aero Bowls winter specials


Bowls Australia's preferred bowls manufacturer Aero Bowls is proud to offer bowlers a special winter discount until the end of June:

  • Aero Speckled colours: $495

    • Add $20 for ZScoop grip, add $40 for Trifecta Colour and add $40 for NRL or custom logos.

Aero Bowls are precision made to deliver the same line every time! To take advantage of this fantastic offer, visit the Aero Bowls website, head to Kelvin Kerkow's Aero Bowls World in Burleigh Heads (1/11 Kortum Drive, Burleigh Heads, QLD) or visit the Aero Bowls trade stand at Broadbeach Bowls Club during the Open!




June 16 preview - Men's Fours commence; Women's Pairs last day of sectional


Plenty of stars will be in action tomorrow around the 10 Gold Coast Bowling Clubs required for the days men's fours and women's pairs sectional play matches. 

Defending champions Steven Dennis, Nathan Pedersen, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn, the South Australian contingent who claimed the $20,000 first prize last year, will commence their title defence at Robina tomorrow. 

Queenslanders will be in full force with the QLD State Representative rink of Mark Thatcher (Club Helensvale), Robbie Wild (Club Pine Rivers), Sean Baker (Victoria Point) and Nathan Rice (Club Helensvale) drawn kindly at Club Helensvale, greens these guys are quite familar with. 

In the women's pairs we have a further eight sections left to be decided at Broadbeach, Helensvale and Musgrave Hill.

Keep an eye out on the Norohna twins Samantha and Natalie who teamed up with Australian Jackaroos Carla Krizanic and Natasha Scott to win the 2015 women's fours title. 


Adrenaline seekers, come on down!


Most people know that the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia, with some the biggest theme parks in the country just up the Pacific Highway! With Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, Sea World, Dreamworld and White Water World to choose from, thrill seekers are already well and truly sorted.

However, if you dig a little deeper, there is much more on offer for adrenaline seekers than meets the eye. From mini golf and trampolining to jet boats and water based jetpacking, bowlers feeling a little restless during the Open have much to choose from!

  Thrill seekers, click here for more about some of the exciting and unique experiences found here on the Gold Coast!  

Get to know Australian Open runner-up Maree Gibbs


Icing her knee after a morning of tough competition, Maree Gibbs’ ecstatic smile shines out, as she is excited for the rest of the competition and to be back here on the Gold Coast, a happy hunting ground for the Queenslander.

Calling Millmerran Memorial Bowls Club home, Maree is just like any other bowler, with the exception of taking home the $8000 runner-up cheque for last year’s Australian Open Women’s Singles.

“It (the Australian Open) is a fantastic competition, and I’m excited to be back,” Maree said.


To read the full article click here


Why you should visit the trade marquee at Broadbeach Bowls Club - Part 1


Don’t miss your chance to visit the trade marquee at Broadbeach Bowls Club and stock up on new bowls and bowls accessories.

Whether you’re after the latest bowls on the market or looking for some shoes and clothes at bargain prices, the trade marquee has everything you need to help you look the part at this year’s Australian Open.

If you’re looking to purchase a memento to commemorate your involvement in the $250,000 Australian Open make sure you take a walk through the tent located in the car park at Broadbeach Beach Bowling Club where you will find plenty of Australian Open merchandise. 

  Click here for a overview of some Australian Open trade stands  

Gold Coast Cabs

Bowlers are reminded that flat fares to Australian Open clubs are available during the Open from our friends at Gold Coast Cabs. This is a fantastically cost effective way to get out to your venue in your pairs and fours teams.

Bowlers will be able to access these fares by calling (07) 5588 1219 and quoting the access code "BOWLS2016" to access these fares, noting that these only apply between Broadbeach Bowls Club and other Australian Open host clubs.

Click here to read the full terms and conditions.


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