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New South Wales young guns storm into the Men’s Pairs semi-finals


The semi finals of this year’s Men’s Pairs will be dominated by New South Welshmen, with five of eight bowlers in the semi finals hailing from the state.

Cabramatta’s young gun Nathan Pedersen continues his love affair with Gold Coast greens as he and his South Australian partner Steven Dennis impressively made their way into the semi final, defeating Shannon Gittoes and Scott De Jongh Fitzpatrick in the morning before finishing strongly to defeat former Jackaroo Shane Garvey and superstar Aron Sherriff 17-14 in their quarter final. Pedersen and Dennis are one half of the 2015 Men’s Fours champion team (with Scott Thulborn and Wayne Ruediger), a team which is still well in contention to defend their title, and both will be tough to beat for the coveted Player of the Tournament award.

They will take on veteran Ballina and former NSW guns Kris Lehfeldt and Michael Anderson, who impressively took down former Australian Jackaroo Matt Flapper and Adelaide Endurance star Max Kleinig 14-11 in the Quarter Final, having earlier taken down NSW bowlers Brian Seaman and Matt Masula in the round of 16 this morning.

In the bottom half of the draw, 2013 Super 6 singles gold medallist, former NSW and ACT representative Andrew Howie and his 23 year old ACT team mate Mac McLean (Weston Creek) powered into the semi, taking down the fancied pair of Lee Schraner and Geoff Maskell in the morning before downing the highly promising pair of 18 year olds Jayden Christie and Josh Corless in the Quarter Final 18-7. They now take on the NSW state representative pairing of Matt Miles and the current second ranked bowler in Australia Chris Herden.

After taking down Brett Dean and Glen Pitts in the morning, Herden and Miles completed a remarkable comeback in their Quarter Final against the formidable pairing of former New Zealand representative Gary Lawson and Canadian turned local gun Ryan Bester; the young New South Welshmen trailed 8-15 with four ends to go but came back to complete a remarkable 16-15 victory.

Men's Pairs Semi Finals:

  • Steven Dennis (West Lakes, SA) & Nathan Pedersen (Cabramatta) vs. Michael Anderson (Ballina, NSW) & Kris Lehfeldt (Ballina, NSW)

  • Mac McLean (Weston Creek, ACT) & Andrew Howie (Helensvale, QLD) vs. Matt Miles (Warilla, NSW) & Chris Herden (St Johns Park, NSW)

Both Men’s Pairs semi-finals will be played tomorrow afternoon at Club Helensvale, beginning at 2:30pm with the winners to meet on Thursday at approximately 2:00pm at Broadbeach Bowls Club, with the final shown live on Fox Sports.

Click here to view the full results from today's action




Moving day in the Women's Pairs


It was moving day for the women’s pairs at the $250,000 Australian Open, with 64 hopefuls whittled down to just the remaining 16 after three heated rounds at Broadbeach today.

Some of the sport’s biggest names still remain remain in the hunt, but the field will be halved again tomorrow as we near the pointy end of the competition, with the discipline scheduled to be the first open contest decided at this year’s event, on Thursday at 11:00am which will be shown live on Fox Sports!

Quarter-finals staged from 9:00am tomorrow at Club Helensvale:

  • Makayla Gibson (Bundoora RSL) & Jessie Cottell (Broadbeach, QLD) vs. Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC) & Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW)

  • Siti Zalina Ahmad (Malaysia) & Auni Fathiah Kamis (Malaysia) vs. Anne Johns (St. Johns Park, NSW) & Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS)

  • Genevieve Delves (Harbord, NSW) & Virginia Longfellow (Harbord, NSW) vs. Valerie Jackson (Broadbeach, QLD) & Wendy Ryan (QLD)

  • Kylie Whitehead (Wodonga, VIC) & Kristina Krstic (Manning, WA) vs. Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW) & Julie Keegan (Broadbeach, QLD)

Click here for today's results and tomorrow's fixtures




Over 60's Women's Pairs kick off as the men whittled down to 8


A number of the hot fancies for the Over 60's Women's Pairs title progressed unscathed to the knockout rounds, with the National Training Centre pairing of Faye Luke (SA) and Therese Hastings (WA) comfortably qualifying for the next round. Look out for Western Australian's Pauline Bourne and Nerrida Porteous, who flew through their section with a margin of +29 and look to be tough to beat!

Today also hosted the knockout rounds of the Over 60's Men's Pairs, with legend New Zealand Peter Bellis and team mate Colin Lowry looking tough to beat. Australian legends Sam Laguzza and Robbie Dobbins knocked off fancies Nigel Smith and Neville Jenkins in the morning but were knocked off by Brisbane pair William McKenna and Peter Hull who will go into tomorrow's quarter final in hot form.

The Over 60's Men and Women's Pairs continue tomorrow at Paradise Point, with the women being whittled down to two final pairs and the men playing their Quarter Finals. The finals of both disciplines will be played on the secondary show rink Broadbeach on Thursday!

Click here to check out all fixtures and results




Big finish set for Bowlers with a Disability Pairs finals


Four of the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games team have qualified for the finals of the Bowlers with a Disability Pairs finals, with today's completion of the Multi Disability Pairs (for physically, intellectually and hearing impaired bowlers) and the Vision Impaired Pairs.

Tony Bonnell (and his partner Serena Nicholls), Tim Slater (and his partner Lucas Protopapas) and James Reynolds (and his partner Josh Thornton) have all made it through to the quarter finals of the Multi Disability Pairs, with Slater and Bonnell's teams to meet in the quarters!

Joy Forster, a bronze medallist from Glasgow, has also qualified for the final of the Vision Impaired Pairs with her partner Dennis Wormald, and will take on Queeslanders Jake Fehlberg and Chris Backstrom for the $1,000 top prize.

Caption: Tim Slater before the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Click here to view the knockout draw for the Bowlers with a Disability

Click here to view all sectional qualifiers




Young stars hit the greens


Under-18 Boys and Girls singles kicks off tomorrow at Robina and Mermaid Beach with the sports brightest young stars all vying for their spot in a televised final at Broadbeach. In a first for the event, both Under-18 finals will be televised on a secondary TV rink for The Bowls Show on SBS. 

Under-18 girls final is scheduled for Thursday June 23 and the boys final will be on Friday June 24; if last years finals are anything to go by you will want to catch a glimpse of these young stars in action!

With only three days left in this years Australian Open, the open events are reaching the pointy end of competition. Tomorrow at Club Helensvale you can witness five semi-final matches of open disciplines, and it is sure to be an amazing day of high octane.

All of the Over-60s action is at Paradise Point and the BWD events are taking place at Musgrave Hill. 

Check out the schedule here


13 Gold Coast restaurants with epic water views


The Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the world. With a 57-kilomtre stretch of coast, it is a requirement when visiting to have a meal on the waterfront. The official blog of Queensland, Hello Sunshine, has put together a list of thirteen restaurants that have a front row seat to the stunning water views.

An experience you will never forget is having a meal on the foreshore as you watch the sunset. It is the perfect time to take postcard worthy photos and enjoy the natural beauty of the Gold Coast.

Why not head on down and have a meal at one of these restaurants? Make sure you include us in your snap by using the #AusOpen and #VisitGoldCoast tags and follow us on Instagram at @bowlsaustralia.

  Click here to read more  

Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation


Bowls Australia is proud to be aligned to Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation. The foundation aims to make organ and tissue donation awareness more prevalent in our community. By informing parents of the importance of discussing these issues with their children should they ever be placed in the same situation as founders Kim and Allan Turner were, with the tragic and sudden death of their daughter Zaidee in 2004.

The foundation hopes to greatly improve the donation rate year upon year, giving those that are currently on transplant waiting lists a better chance at getting their transplant by encouraging people to register as Organ and Tissue Donors.

Zaidee's trademark symbol, the rainbow shoelace, was worn by Aaron Teys during his victory in the Men's Singles final at the 2015 Australian Open, and will be available for purchase at the Bowlers Paradise trade stand at Broadbeach Bowls Club throughout the event for $2.00.

We would encourage all bowlers to get behind this fantastic cause and grab a set of laces from the trade stands.

  Find out more about Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation here  

Jacob and Kane Nelson


With a total prize money of $1,500 up the grabs, the competition is on for Nelson brothers Jacob (17) and Kane (11) who will compete against each other in the first match of the Under-18’s Boys’ Singles.

What will definitely be the first of many brother on brother clashes for these Lawn Bowls rising stars, the boys are excited to be to back on the Gold Coast to compete in the largest bowls event in the world.

The 2016 Australian Open marks Jacob’s third time competing in the event, having already participated in the Men’s Singles and Pairs.  

Click here to read the entire article


Learn to fly during your Australian Open trip!

As part of the Australian Open, iFLY is thrilled to offer bowlers 20% off their Intro Package, which includes 2 flights, comprehensive training, equipment and a personalised certificate.

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 until the conclusion of the Open on June 24.

Click here to book your iFLY session now!

Men's and Women's Singles Quarter Finals

Currently on at Broadbeach Bowls Club!

If you're reading this and you're in the Broadbeach area, head on down to Broadbeach Bowls Club for the Quarter Finals of the blue ribbon Men's Singles and Women's Singles!

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for a full review later tonight!



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