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Queen Scott reigns as a blockbuster Men's Singles final awaits


Australia’s number one ranked female bowler, Raymond Terrace’s Natasha Scott, continues her golden form at the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival with a comprehensive 21-7 victory in the Women’s Singles final over local Broadbeach bowler Dee Ann Robertson.

After Scott took an early lead 9-0 lead, Robertson fought back strongly picking up a four and a one in the next two ends to narrow the score to 9-5. However, Scott showed her strength in winning the next four ends to take a commanding 16-5 lead and eventually ran out a 21-7 winner.

Meanwhile, a tantalising matchup awaits in the Men’s Singles final after two rapid fire semi-finals earlier, with Australian Jackaroo team mates Brett Wilkie (Helensvale) and Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial) to meet in tomorrow’s showpiece.

Wilkie was too strong for National Coach and bowls legend Stephen Glasson OAM (Mount Lewis), romping to a 21-6 victory, while Sherriff faced a tighter affair against another former Australian Open singles champion Aaron Wilson (Clayton) eventually running out a 21-17.

Read the full wrap up of today's singles action here


Pedersen and Dennis strike gold


Steven Dennis and Nathan Pedersen completed the first step in securing dual Australian Open titles in 2016 having captured today’s men’s pairs final against Warilla’s Matt Miles and St Johns Park’s Chris Herden in a quality final encounter.  

Prior to the match the outcome was hard to predict and the players certainly lived up to the expectation of it being an evenly matched contest.

Dennis provided a solid platform and Pedersen had all the flare; the pair will now join forces with Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn in tomorrow’s men’s fours final, a title they defend after claiming the trophy last year.

Since the Australian Open’s relocation to the Gold Coast, Pedersen has certainly made it a happy hunting ground having last year prevailed as player of the tournament and again this year putting himself strongly in the running.

Tomorrow’s women’s pairs finale will be one for the ages when Australian Jackaroos past and present go head to head in the $15,000 final live on Fox Sports.

In an epic semi-final, Anne Johns (NSW) and Bec Van Asch (TAS) staged a come from behind victory over Australian Jackaroo team mates Carla Krizanic (VIC) and Natasha Scott (NSW) with a heroic final delivery from the current World Pairs gold medallist.

A description of Van Asch’s final bowl may not do it justice considering the state of the scoreboard, the state of the head and the pressure of an Australian Open semi-final defeat; however with the perfect execution of weight Van Asch split the two shot bowls and ran onto the jack, trailing it to their bowls behind to steal a three and book a spot in the final. 

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Chloe leads her young team to glory in the Women’s Fours


On the penultimate day of competition, Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria), Amelia Bruggy (Bendigo), Georgia White (Paradise Point) and Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach) have taken home the title of the 2016 Australian Open Women’s Fours Champions and the $12,000 prize money.

The winning quartet took on Kylie Whitehead (Wodonga), Tayla Spence (Bundoora RSL), Kristina Krstic (Manning) and Samantha Shannahan (Merrylands) at Broadbeach, where they defeated them in a close game of 16-13.

“If we didn’t win, we were still the winners anyway,” said Stewart.

“I’ve never had so much fun playing bowls,” said Bruggy.

With both teams showing just a slice of the rising stars of Lawn Bowls coming through at the Australian Open, the battle between national, state and under-18’s representatives showcased a masterclass in Lawn Bowls. 

Read the full wrap here!




Barry and Appleton do the BWD double


Josh Barry (Sebastopol) and Nathan Appleton (North Toowoomba) have taken out the Multi Disability Pairs title today, adding to their respective disability singles titles yesterday to cap off a memorable Australian Open campaign.

They topped Queenslanders Don Currie and Debra McGarry 17-10 in the final today after toppling Commonwealth Games representative Tim Slater and his partner Lucas Protopapas in the semi final.

Appleton claims the double of Intellectual Disability Singles and Multi Disability Pairs after already claiming a 2015 singles title, while Barry’s double of Physical Disability Singles and Multi Disability Pairs is particularly sweet as he came runner in both disciplines in 2015.

In the Vision Impaired Pairs, Queenslanders Chris Backstrom and Jake Fehlberg took down defending champions Dennis Wormald and Joy Forster 17-15 in a gripping affair.

The match had been tied on 15-15 going into the final end before Backstrom and Fehlberg pulled out the crucial two.

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Legend adds to his resume as the Yours Magazine Over 60’s Pairs wrap up


The newly established titles of Yours Magazine Over-60’s Men’s and Women’s Pairs have been crowned at the 2016 Australian Open, where Therese Hastings (WA) and Faye Luke (SA), and New Zealanders’ Colin Lowery and Peter Belliss took home the Women’s and Men’s respectively discipline as well as the $5,000 prize purse.

Hastings and Luke have swapped their coaches hats for playing, defeating New Zealanders Wendy Mackie and Reen Stratford 18-15 in what was a nail-biting comeback from the duo.

The men's champions Colin Lowery and bowls legend Peter Bellis defeated New South Welshmen Jon Townsend and Bill Wiltshire, 18-8 to add another title to Belliss’ endless resume.

“It’s always a really good feeling in a final, it doesn’t matter what event it is, and the Australian Open Over-60’s has a bit of prestige to it,” said Belliss, who many would say is the best bowler New Zealand has ever produced.

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Brodie tops off a golden Australian Open with an Under-18 singles title


What a day for Fitzroy Victoria's Tiffany Brodie who tonight added an Australian Open Under-18 Singles title to the fours title she won earlier today, and to the Hearing Impaired Singles crown she claimed here in 2015. 

The victorian representative and relative newcomer Jessica Srisamruaybai went toe to toe in the Under-18 Singles final televised for The Bowls Show, with Brodie eventually triumphing 21-19.

Brodie begun her day with a victory in the Women's Fours leading for Chloe Stewart and then back upped with 

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20 almost free things to do on the Gold Coast


The best holidays don’t have to be the most expensive, and whether you’re a thrill-seeker or up for a more relaxing time, there is a huge variety of things to do on the Gold Coast.

Queensland’s official blog, Hello Sunshine, has put together a list of 20 things to do that cost underneath $25, including everything from spa days, restaurants to more action-packed activities like trampolining.

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

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Get set for a gripping final day!

A fantastic final day of the 2016 World's Biggest Bowls Festival looms! Check out the schedule for tomorrow:

TV Rink

11:00am: Women's Pairs Final: Ellen Ryan (NSW) & Julie Keegan (NSW) vs. Anne Johns (NSW) & Rebecca Van Asch (TAS)

1:00pm (approx): Men's Singles Final: Brett Wilkie (QLD) vs. Aron Sherriff (NSW)

Green 2 arena:

8:00am: Men's Fours Final: Josh Thornton (VIC), Jerome Coles (VIC), Wayne Wilson (QLD) & Barrie Lester (VIC) vs. Steven Dennis (SA), Nathan Pedersen (NSW), Wayne Ruediger (SA) & Scott Thulborn (SA)

11:30am (approx): Under 18 Boys' Singles Final: Jono Davis (NSW) vs. Josh Studham (SA)


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