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Men's singles whittled down to final eight


The quarter-finals of the $250,000 Australian Open’s blue-ribbon men’s singles have been decided, with some of the sport’s biggest names still lurking ominously in the field.

Only eight players remain in the hunt for the $13,000 coveted singles title now, following two rounds of action at Paradise Point on the Gold Coast today, but three of the contenders are infinitely qualified to still be in the hunt, having scaled the heights in years gone by.

Past champions Brett Wilkie (2009), Aron Sherriff (2010) and Aaron Wilson (2013) are all just three  wins away from etching their names into the history books as the event’s second dual men’s singles winner but a number of obstacles confront them on their way to Friday’s final.

Clayton’s Wilson will encounter Warilla’s Harley McDonald in his quarter-final contest, after Wilson eliminated Tweed Head’s Max Jaffray 21-7 and McDonald upstaged former Australian great Ian Taylor 21-8.

Sheriff, Australia’s go-to singles representative from Ettalong Memorial, escaped an edge-of-the-seat thriller against Burleigh Head’s Scott De Jongh Fitzpatrick by a slender shot to book his ticket to the quarters, but must now contend with one-time Australian representative Lee Schraner, after he toppled Sherriff’s Jackaroo teammate Wayne Ruediger 21-13.

Should the two namesakes continue on their winning way, they will meet in the semi-finals.

In the other half of the draw, Queensland National Training Centre player Sean Ingham is through to the quarters after toppling Aus Open Mega Bowl winner Darren Morrison, but will now be tested by the man charged with orchestrating the national high performance program, National Coach Steve Glasson.

Glasson’s form has harked back to yesteryear and has been reminiscent of his heyday, when he became Australia’s first World Bowls Championships singles gold medallist, and despite being past his prime, edged out Mackay’s Bruce Bridger 21-17.

Former world number one Safuan Said, from Malaysia, also remains in contention for a maiden title, after defeating Narooma’s Jay Breust 21-18 in the round of 16 this evening.

Said is no stranger to this stage of the competition, having made the semi-final stages before in 2008, when he fall to eventual champion Leif Selby.

He will put to the sword by Wilkie in the next match, with the winner to play the victor of Ingham and Glasson.

The quarter-final encounters will be staged from 5.30pm on Tuesday evening at Broadbeach.

Men’s singles quarter-finals:
Aaron Wilson v Harley McDonald
Lee Schraner v Aron Sherriff
Sean Ingham v Steve Gasson
Brett Wilkie v Safuan Said

Caption: National Coach Steve Glasson is usually rallying the troops, but now faces the very real prospect of a maiden Australian Open title.


Click here to view the men's singles draw

Click here to view the women's singles draw




BWD bowlers campaign begins


Bowlers with a Disability events kick off tomorrow at Club Helensvale, Southport and Musgrave Hill with plenty of stars in action all vying for the $12,000 prize pool. 

Events include Hearing Impaired Mixed Singles, Intellectual Disability Mixed Singles, Physical Disabilty Men's Singles and Physical Disabilty Women's Singles, whilst the Multi-Disability Pairs and Vision Impaired Mixed Pairs will follow on Tuesday June 21. 

2014 Australian Commonwealth Games representatives Tim Slater and Anthony Bonnell will meet in an epic first round encounter at Club Helensvale and in the women's events watch out for defending champion Debra McGarry taking on New Zealand champion Carolyn Crawford in round 2 at Musgrave Hill. 


Broadbeach Arts and Crafts Market


Held the first and third Sunday of the month, try and strike a bargain at the Broadbeach Arts and Crafts Market. Located at Kurrawa Park on the beachfront, opposite Oasis Shopping Centre, you will find over 150 stalls, with everything from homemade fashion and jewellery to skincare and toys.

Open between 8:00am and 2:00pm, weather permitting, stop for some lunch and choose from an array of produce, from baked goods to fresh ingredients. With buskers and live entertainment, there is something for everyone.

There are also Arts and Crafts Markets held at both Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads.

  Click here for more information  

Josh's quest for a Commonwealth Games berth takes shape


Back for more, there is no stopping the Australian Open dual-title holder Josh Thornton from competing in anything and everything Lawn Bowls, at the World's Biggest Bowls Festival.

With the Bowlers with a Disability (BWD) events commencing tomorrow, all eyes are on Thornton who has returned to defend his golden double, the BWD Physical Disability singles and BWD Multi Disability pairs titles, with pairs partner James Reynolds.

“I’m looking forward to it more than anything, it’s going to be hard, and everyone’s probably going to try to beat the person who won it last year I guess,” said Thornton.

“I’m going to have play well to be able to do it.”

“Being back at playing at the Open events so far, it’s put me in some good practice leading into it (BWD events).”

Having already commenced his 2016 Australian Open campaign successfully, the East Shepparton bowler has qualified for both the Men’s Pairs Knockouts with Jerome Coles, and Men’s Fours Quarter Finals with Coles, Wayne Wilson and Barrie Lester.

Click here to read the rest of our chat with Josh!


Men's and Women's Singles Quarter Finals

Following the rescheduling of today's men's and women's knockout matches to Paradise Point's synthetic, bowlers and spectators should note that the quarter finals of the men's and women's singles will be played in the evening Tuesday, June 21 at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Matches will begin at 6:00pm, with a 5:45pm roll up to allow players who may still be playing other disciplines to transit to Broadbeach.

For full details about these draws, check out the results and fixtures here.


Play on Monday, June 20

Matches remain as scheduled for tomorrow

Players should note that at this stage matches will proceed as scheduled tomorrow, Monday June 20 given the favourable weather forecast once the current rain abates in the early morning.

Any updates or changes to the schedule will be communicated directly via the Australia Open website, the Bowls Australia Facebook and directly via email to participants.



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