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David versus Goliath showdown


The coveted Australian Open women’s singles final will see an experienced campaigner taking on a relative newcomer in what people are calling a David versus Goliath battle.

Australian Jackaroo Natasha Scott will contest her first Australian Open singles final tomorrow at 11.00am against Broadbeach local Dee-Anne Robertson, a former Tropical North Queensland representative with nothing to lose.

Natasha Scott started her semi-final against fellow Australian Jackaroo Lynsey Clarke with a score of four and three; Clarke fought back in front of her home crowd at Club Helensvale and after the scores were locked at 17 apiece, Scott again put her foot down to claim the win 21-17.

At the conclusion of the Australian Open, Natasha Scott will be named Australia’s number one ranked bowler for the second consecutive year and will be hoping she is one of the 10 Jackaroos called to represent the nation later this year in the World Bowls Championships team.

On the other end of the scale, Robertson only relocated to the Gold Coast two years ago and prior to her achievements during this year’s Australian Open, her highest achievement was clean sweep of Zone titles in the far north.

Robertson had a similar start to Scott in her semi-final against youngster Molly Wilton from Raymond Terrace; Robertson led the match 11-0 before Wilton started to make a comeback.
Wilton scored on the next four consecutive ends to trail 6-11 however Wilton’s run came to a screeching holt with Robertson winning the six ends straight to win the match 21-6.

The advantage of a home crowd at Broadbeach Bowls Club for the coveted women’s singles final will be in Robertson’s favour and going head-to-head with the country’s number one ranked bowler will only allow her to attack the $19,500 Australian Open final with a nothing to lose attitude; this match will be an exciting encounter between two players in very different stages of their careers.

Defending men’s fours champions, South Australia’s Steven Dennis, Nathan Pedersen, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn are now one game away from creating Australian Open history as the first team to win back-to-back men’s fours titles.

The South Australians were impressive in their semi-final encounter with Neville Hill, Ray Pickard, Neil Probyn and Geoff Hawken, charging into their second Australian Open fours final with a 22-8 victory.

The team that stands in their way is skipped by Australian Jackaroo Barrie Lester, who survived a neck-and-neck battle with Max Kleinig in a quality semi-final encounter.

Neither team could break away in the early stages of the match; however it was Josh Thornton, Jerome Coles, Wayne Wilson and Barrie Lester who finally jumped away, leading by 6 playing the final end of the match.

Kleinig’s team never gave up, they were holding five before Lester’s drive managed to reduce the count.

Barrie Lester has contested five Australian Open finals and is looking to etch his name onto the trophy on Friday in his sixth appearance.


Check out the full results of today's action here


Dennis and Pedersen look to capture double


Nathan Pedersen and Steven Dennis will be the only men in the 2016 Australian Open to contest two finals when they line up for the $15,000 pairs final and the $19,000 fours finals on the penultimate day of competition.

Dennis and Pedersen put on a spectacular show in their semi-final encounter with Ballina’s Michael Anderson and Kris Lehfeldt, making every shot feel near impossible for the pair to pick up, especially in the early stages of the match when Pedersen jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

End after end Pedersen showed why he was last year’s best performed player at the Australian Open with shots that continually brought the crowd to their feet.

Dennis and Pedersen went on to win the match 18-7 and will meet NSW representatives Chris Herden and Matt Miles in the pairs final at Broadbeach, featuring live on Fox Sports at 2.00pm tomorrow – following the women’s singles final at 11.00am.

Matt Miles (Warilla, NSW) and Chris Herden (St Johns Park, NSW) were having a tussle with Andrew Howie (Club Helensvale, QLD) and Mac McLean (Western Creek, ACT) trailing 7-11, they got the scores back to even before picking up all important multiply scores of 3 and 4 on consecutive ends to provide the buffer leading into the penultimate ends.

On 16 end, Mac McLean kept their hopes alive sitting a bowl out for a count of four, leaving them chasing three for a draw on the final end; Matt Miles front toucher remained the shot until McLean’s final bowl however he only managed one shot.

Miles and Herden will contest their first Australian Open final after a consistent performance across all disciplines.

Kylie Whitehead (Wodonga), Tayla Spence (Bundoora RSL), Kristina Krstic (Manning) and Samantha Shannahan (Merrylands) will face Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria), Amelia Bruggy (Bendigo), Georgia White (Paradise Point) and Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach) in the Final of the Women’s Fours.

Shannahan’s team faced defending fours champions Natasha Scott, Carla Krizanic, Natalie Noronha and Samantha Noronha, in what was a neck and neck battle.

As with all great games, the match was decided with the skip’s final two bowls, it was Sam Shannahan who struck first, leaving the outcome of the game in Natasha Scott’s hands.

Natasha Scott drove with her final bowl, but was unable to reduce the deficit to clinch the victory, propelling the Shannahan team to win the game.

Chloe Stewart’s quartet faced Malaysia’s Azlina Arshad, Nor Hashimah Ismail, Nur Fidrah Noh and Siti Zalina Ahmad, in what was predicted to be

Chloe Stewart’s team had a dream start, asserting their dominance with a five on the opening end of their semi-final campaign.

The coveted Australian Open women’s singles final will see an experienced campaigner taking on a relative newcomer in what people are calling a David verse Goliath battle.

Australian Jackaroo Natasha Scott will contest her first Australian Open singles final tomorrow at 11.00am against Broadbeach local Dee-Anne Robertson, a former Tropical North Queensland representative with nothing to lose.


Check out the full results of today's action here




Bowlers with a Disability steal the show at Musgrave Hill


The first champions of the 2016 Australian Open have been crowned, with the Bowlers with a Disability singles finals being run and won today at Musgrave Hill. In a fantastic day of bowls, five of the six disciplines have crowned a new champion, with only North Toowoomba’s Nathan Appleton able to defend his 2015 title in the Intellectual Disability Mixed Pairs.

Full Results (finals):

Hearing Impaired Mixed Singles: Barry Lynne (Mareeba, QLD) def Brian Taylor (Logan City, QLD) 21-11
Intellectual Disability Mixed Singles: Nathan Appleton (North Toowoomba, QLD) def Brendan Elliott (Somerville, VIC) 21-17
Physical Disability Men’s Singles: Josh Barry (Sebastopol, VIC) def Tony Bonnell (Pine Rivers, QLD) 21-11
Physical Disability Women’s Singles: Carolyn Crawford (St Clair, NZ) def Pam Walker (Fairfield, NZ)
Vision Impaired Men’s Singles: Carl Fountain (Dolphin Indoor, UK) def Dennis Wormald (Narangba, QLD) 21-4
Vision Impaired Women’s Singles: Lynne Seymour (Thuringowa City, NSW) def Joy Forster (Chermside, QLD) 21-8

Click here to read the full summary of today's Bowlers with a Disability singles finals

Click here for all results from today's finals




The penultimate day arrives


All is on the line for participants contesting the seven finals taking place at Broadbeach Bowls Club tomorrow. 

Women's Fours, Women's Singles, Men's Pairs, Yours Magazine Over-60 Men's and Women's Pairs, Under-18 Girls Singles and BWD Pairs Finals will take place throughout the day with the Women's Singles and Men's Pairs finals televised LIVE on Fox Sports. 

The Yours Magazine Over 60's Women's Pairs, Yours Magazine Over 60's Men's Pairs and Under-18 Girls Singles will be televised on a secondary TV rink with these matches being filmed for viewing on The Bowls Show.

Tomorrows finals:

8:00am (green 2): Women's Fours - Tiffany Brodie, Amelia Bruddy, Georgia White & Chloe Stewart vs. Kylie Whitehead, Tayla Spence, Kristina Krstic & Sam Shannahan

11:00am (TV rink): Women's Singles - Natasha Scott vs. Dee Ann Robertson

11:45am (green 2): Over 60's Women's Pairs: Therese Hastings & Faye Luke vs. Wendy Mackie & Reen Stratford

2:00pm (TV rink): Men's Pairs - Steven Dennis & Nathan Pedersen vs. Chris Herden & Matt Miles

2:30pm (green 1 & 2): Over 60's Men's Pairs: TBC (semi-finals at 9:00am tomorrow), Vision Impaired Pairs, Multi Disability Pairs

5:00pm (green 2): Under 18 Girls' Singles: TBC (knockout rounds tomorrow)

Click here for the Under 18 Boys' Singles knockout draw

Click here for the Under 18 Girls' Singles knockout draw

Click here for all sectional qualifiers for the Under 18's


Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Tour and Information Hub


The Yugambeh are the traditional owners of the Gold Coast, so take the opportunity to learn about their culture at the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Take the Walkabout Jellurgal guided walking tour, and hear the stories of the Dreamtime from the Elders themselves.

The word itself, Jellurgal, refers to the magical mountain that has been the stage for many corroborees and ceremonies for many years. The walkabout tour will take you up the Jellurgal Mountain and its surrounds, where you will learn about the land and its significance to the people.

The centre is open Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Click here to learn more


Claiming your prize money

Players are reminded that in order to claim prize money players must visit the help desk Broadbeach Bowls Club to fill out a prize money claim form (each member of a team must visit the desk individually).

Claim forms will be processed by Bowls Australia immediately following the event and will be paid out by the end of July as long as the form is completed correctly - for more information on claiming prize money, please read section 12 of the Conditions of Play, found here.

Click here to check out the prize money allocation for the Australian Open


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