Morley Bowling Club is nurturing junior participation in the west

Morley Bowling Club is nurturing junior participation in the west

Morley Bowling Club in Western Australia has a rich history in junior bowls, dating all the way back to 1988 when the club staged the first ever WA Junior Singles and Pairs Championships.  

That year the pairs was won by Borden’s Brad Horton and Tambellup’s Pieter Harris, with Harris going on to play over 200 games for WA, and represent the CROWN Perth Suns in the recent BPL05 staged in New Zealand.

The Morley club has continued its press to see bowls played in schools and have actively recruited junior bowlers to their club.  

Club Coach and 2016 Bowls WA Coach of Year, Ken Perks, is dedicated to seeing as many juniors playing the sport as possible.

Working with schools in the City of Bayswater area, through club programs and the Australian Sports Commissions nation-wide Sporting Schools Program, Ken has been achieving some great things for junior bowls.  

North Morley, Weld Square and Noranda Primary Schools are just some of the primary schools that have been involved with Sporting Schools, as well as Morley and Hampton High Schools.

The latest protégé to come to the fore at Morley is in fact a home-grown talent, attracted to bowls through family influence.  

11 year old Mason Gunson, son of club members Bryce and Angela Gunson, is in his first year of bowls, and it hasn’t taken him long to make an impact.

Club Selector Craig Hamilton said Mason played his first pennant match filling in after a late withdrawal in the Ladies Pennants competition.  

“He came home with all his money intact and a bonus packets of chips, he was spoilt rotten by his opposition”, said Hamilton. 

Parents Bryce and Angela are both talented players with Bryce playing in Morley’s top grade, and Angela having spent time in the WA State Development Squad, so it’s no surprise that Mason is interested and clearly very good.

Bryce and Mason accepted the opportunity to play with champion player, former Australian Under-25 representative Anthony Provost in Morley’s Club Championship Triples and it is here that history was made.  

The trio made their way to the final and then survived a thrilling finish to take the title 19-18, surely making Mason, just 10 years old at that stage, one of the youngest players to win a club event, and all the more special being alongside his father.

The win showcases the wonderful family aspect of bowls; a unique feature of our sport is the ability for families to play together, across gender and age boundaries that become insignificant on the green.  

Mason also reached the semi-finals of the Morley Club Fours Championship, and was runner-up in the Novice Singles event; not a bad first year of bowls.

Club President Vince Princi says we are just so proud of Mason’s achievements so far.  

“For someone so young, we have managed his integration into the club carefully to ensure he has been looked after, I see big things for Mason in the future,” said President Princi. 

The Morley Bowling Club continues to seek out more opportunities to coach at schools, with the ultimate dream being to establish a full junior program at their club.  

The club is in the process of signing up as a Good Sports club, another step in showing its commitment to being family friendly and having a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all.

With the recent Men’s Country Week Singles Championship win by 16 year old Kaleb Walding, the youngest player ever to win the event, and the continued Premier League success of 14 year old Patrick Quinlan, who will play finals for Osborne Park this weekend, the breeding ground is certainly fruitful.

If any clubs wish to get involved with Sporting Schools, or wish to make links to schools in their area, contact your local Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager to assist.

Caption- The Morley Bowls Club in Western Australia is nurturing junior participation

March 31, 2017 / by / in
Support needed for clubs affected by Cyclone Debbie

With Australia’s north-eastern states left battered in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Bowls Australia is calling on clubs and associations across the country to lend support.

A trail of destruction has ripped through Queensland and northern New South Wales in recent days, and while the full brunt of the devastation is not yet known, with further heavy rains and flash floods expected to continue overnight in the region, Bowls Australia has sprung into action through the national Bowls Disaster Relief Fund.

A number of clubs throughout the states have or will be affected by the cyclone, including Bowen Bowls Club, which reportedly had its roof ripped from the building.

Bowls Australia established the Fund in early 2011 in partnership with its state and territory associations, in order to aid its clubs in times of need. 

Funding is available to assist with recovery, development and capacity of bowls clubs affected by the disasters in three categories; restoring social networks and functioning, restoring community facilities and replenishing loss of equipment. 

Clubs affected by the disaster are encouraged to apply for funding through this application form, with 100% of all sums raised through the Fund to be redirected to clubs in need.

Non-affected clubs are also being encouraged to schedule fundraising events to donate proceeds to the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund. Bowls Australia’s Regional Bowls Managers network will assist with the promotion of these fundraising events. Click here to download the flyer where you can add your own fundraising details.

Applications for the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund are open for clubs who have been affected by all recent disasters. The form can be found below.

Click here for further information regarding the application process for the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund.

Click here for the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund application form.

Donations to the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund can be made via:

Direct payment
Account Name: Disaster Relief Account
BSB: 013-332
Account No:  2488-26455

For assistance in filling in the documentation or information regarding eligibility please contact Bowls Australia via [email protected]u or 03 9480 7100. 

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Australia’s golden haul at the IBBA World Championships
Australia has secured six gold medals, one silver and one bronze in a highly successful International Blind Bowls World Championships in South Africa. 

In total, the Australian team claimed eight of the possible 12 medals on offer during the benchmark event concluding yesterday. 

The final days play saw another two Australian pairs combinations walk away with silverware, a further gold and bronze added to the Australians overwhelming medal tally. 

The B4 Mixed Pairs team of Lynne Seymour (QLD) and Dennis Wormald (QLD) added a second medal to their collection, and a dual gold for Lynne Seymour, adding to the gold medal she won in the B4 Women’s Singles. 

Dennis Wormald converted his fortunes from the singles final on the penultimate day, turning a silver medal winning performance in the B4 Men’s Singles to a Mixed Pairs gold, ensuring he also leaves South Africa a World Champion. 

Wayne Thomson (NSW) was already a B1 Men’s Singles World Champion; however he wasn’t done just yet, teaming up with Jenny Skinner (QLD) to claim bronze in the B1 Mixed Pairs. 

Understandably there were plenty of smiles captured at the medal presentations and all those pictures can be found here. http://pologamia.blogspot.com.au/

The Australian contingent will play a friendly tomorrow before returning to Australia with plenty of extra luggage. 

The Australian medal winners are as follows- 

Final Day’s results:

B1 Mixed Pairs: Jenny Skinner & Wayne Thomson – Bronze
B4 Mixed Pairs: Lynne Seymour & Dennis Wormald – Gold

Penultimate Day’s results:

B1 Men’s Singles: Wayne Thomson – Gold
B1 Women’s Singles: Jenny Skinner – Fourth
B2 Women’s Singles: Joy Forster – Gold
B2 Mixed Pairs: Ralph Simpson & Joy Forster – Gold
B3 Women’s Singles: Marian Morrison – Gold
B4 Men’s Singles: Dennis Wormald – Silver
B4 Women’s Singles: Lynne Seymour – Gold

Caption- Australia claim eight of a possible 12 medals at the World Blind Bowls Championships

March 30, 2017 / by / in
Australian Open entries close April 14

Time is running out for you to enter the world’s biggest festival of bowls, in fact there is just two weeks remaining until entries will close for the 2017 Australian Open. 

Entries have been streaming in over the past week but as a reminder to those bowlers who are yet to register, entries will close on April 14. 

The 2017 Australian Open will hit the Gold Coast for the third consecutive year after relocating from Melbourne to Australia’s new bowling mecca. 

The Gold Coast is the home of the Australian Open until 2020 and what better year to get amongst the world’s richest bowls event than the year leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

The Australian Open will have international flare this year with a number of countries using the 2017 Open as a lead up to the prestigious Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, of course being contested at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, the home of the Australian Open finals. 

Whilst there will be an influx of international bowlers, it’s the Gold Coast bowling community benefitting the most from having a world class event contested on their doorsteps. 

The chance to mix it with the best of the best has been embraced by local bowlers over the past two years, however many bowlers have used the Australian Open as a perfect winter getaway; a bowling holiday in a world famous holiday destination. 

Over the years the Australian Open has embraced the festival like atmosphere adding nightly events such as the Mega Bowl Mixed Singles and Mixed Pairs, Live panel announcements previewing the post sectional draws and a marquee at the entrance to the Broadbeach Bowls Club to shop until you drop! 

Don’t forget if you haven’t got a pairs or fours team, plenty of bowlers are using the Bowls Australia Facebook page as a ‘partner finding’ service. 

Enter your details in the comments section of the ‘partner finder’ post and find other bowlers as keen as you are to enter the $250,000 event. 

Here are some quick facts about the 2017 Australian Open.

• It’s a completely open event with no qualifying;
• Sectional rounds are played in each discipline initially, with qualifiers progressing through to the knockout stages;
• It is a completely random draw with no seeding in either sectional or knockout play;
• Up to 15 hosts clubs spread from Coolangatta in the south to Beenleigh in the north;
• 14 days of competition from June 10-23, 2017;
• 20 disciplines with a total prize pool of $250,000, including $1,500 prize for the Player of the Tournament (determined by Player Rankings Points);
• Over 540 prize money places across all disciplines, Men’s singles will pay down to the round of 128;
• Two days of finals filmed and broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.

To enter the Australian Open before April 14 click here.

Caption- Australian Open entries close on April 14

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Australians continue winning way at World Youth Champs

Australia’s ladder leaders continued their winning way at the World Youth Championships in Broadbeach yesterday, despite one round being abandoned due to harsh conditions resulting from Cyclone Debbie.

The nation’s three section leaders after day two – Chloe Stewart, Corey Wedlock, and mixed pairs combination Ellen Ryan and Aaron Teys – all retained their top of the table standings, while former champion Kristina Kristic and Nathan Pedersen chalked up their fifth consecutive victory in the opposite section of the pairs to climb to first place.

Wedlock and Stewart both enjoyed two clinic victories to keep their untarnished record intact, with both players one win clear of second place, which happens to be fellow Australian Aaron Teys in Wedlock’s section one of the men’s singles.

Former Australian Opens singles champions Ellen Ryan and Aaron Teys also won their only mixed pairs rubber for the day, as the 6.00pm AEST session was cancelled due rain and high wind, and are now 32 shots clear of the second placed team in section one.

Krstic, who claimed both titles on offer at the event in 2014, and teammate Pedersen secured their fifth win from the five rubbers contested, against the Cook Islands, to give Australia its fourth section leader across the six sections.

Ryan is just two shots off the lead in another; section two of the women’s singles, but won’t have an opportunity to attempt to claim top spot in today’s fourth day of play.

With more inclement conditions forecast for the Gold Coast today, the competition has been relocated to the indoor green at Tweed Heads Bowls Club, where a full day of mixed pairs will be contested.

It is anticipated that play will continue at Broadbeach on Friday morning.

Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the assistance and funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association to Bowls Australia for athletes in the 2016 NextGEN AUSComGames Squad program.

NextGEN AUSComGames was devised by the ACGA to provide assistance to junior players who have been identified as potential 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, and/or 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games level athletes.

Current standings after day three:
Men’s singles section 1:
Wedlock (AUS) 18 points +57 shots, Teys (AUS) 15 +46, Dzulkeple 12 +16, Fleming 12 +13, Tennant 9 -8, Babona 6 -7, L Paniani 6 -7, C Rabey 3 -15, Law 3 -19, Sham 3 -24, Tigere 3 -52.

Men’s singles section 2:
Salmon 18 points +29 shots, Mustakim 15 +35, Bagrie-Howley 15 +22, Pedersen (AUS) 12 +44, Johnson (AUS) 12 +38, Davis 6 -3, Po 6 -15, T Paniani 3 -41, Ikirima 3 -54, Caldwell 0 -55.

Women’s singles section 1:
Stewart (AUS) 18 points +68 shots, Westlake 15 +46, Zakaria 12 +45, Wilson 12 +30, Krstic (AUS) 12 +46, Motladiile 9 -9, White 6 -8, Mataio 3 -17, Karkar 3 -54, Luk 0 -61, Snell 0 -66.

Women’s singles section 2:
Rahman 15 points +47 shots, Ryan (AUS) 15 +45, Bruce 12 +32, Rixon 12 +21, Brodie (AUS) 12 +16, Walker 9 +19, So 6 -9, S Rabey 6 -49, LeBlanc 3 -61, C Paniani 0 -71

Mixed pairs section 1 (after round five):
Ryan, Teys (AUS) 12 points +38 shots, Bruce, Bagrie-Howley 12 +6, White, Salmon 9 +3, Luk, Sham 6 +4, Zakaria, Dzulkeple 6 +2, Motladiile, Tigere 6 -1, Wilson, Tennant 2 -9, LeBlanc, Law 6 -10, Mataio, T Paniani 6 -10, Snell, C Rabey 3 -5, Brodie (AUS), Ikirima 3 -18.

Mixed pairs section 2 (after round five):
Krstic, Pedersen (AUS) 15 points +42 shots, Walker, Fleming 12 +33, Westlake, Caldwell 12 +12, Rixon, Johnson (AUS) 9 -2, Stewart, Wedlock (AUS) 6 +25, Rahman, Mustakin 6 -2, S Rabey, Davis 6 -38, So, Po 4 +4, Karkar, Babona 3 -30, C Paniani, L Paniani 1 -44.

Australia’s day three results:
Ellen Ryan 
9.30am Singles def HK China 1 (B9) 21-10 
12.30pm Singles def Malaysia 2 (D28) 21-9 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with Teys def Aust 4 & PNG (Tiffany) (C16) 19-5 

Kristina Krstic 
9.30am Singles def PNG (D28) 21-4 
12.30pm Singles lost to Malaysia 1 (B13) 16-21 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with Pedersen def Cook Island 1 (D25) 23-6 

Chloe Stewart 
9.30am Singles def Wales (D24) 21-18 
12.30pm Singles def Norfolk Island (B9) 21-12 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with Wedlock def Guernsey/Jersey (D28) 12-14 

Tiffany Brodie 
9.30am Singles lost to Malaysia 2 (B13) 15-21 
12.30pm Singles def Malta (D27) 21-13 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with PNG lost to Australia 1 (Ellen & Teysie) (C16) 5-19 

Aaron Teys 
9.30am Singles def PNG 1 (C18) 21-6 
12.30pm Singles def Ireland (A3) 21-11 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with Ryan def Australia 4 (Tiffany) & PNG (C16) 19-5  

Nathan Pedersen 
9.30am Singles def Jersey (A3) 21-16 
12.30pm Singles def Malaysia 2 (C17) 21-6 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with Krstic def Cook Islands (D25) 23-6 

Billy Johnson 
9.30am Singles lost to NZ (A5) 19-21 
12.30pm Singles def PNG 2 (C21) 21-5 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs With Malta def Malaysia 2 (D24) 20-10 

Corey Wedlock 
9.30am Singles def Canada 2 (C17) 21-18 
12.30pm Singles def Guernsey (A1) 21 -16 
3.15pm Mixed Pairs with Stewart lost to Guernsey/Jersey (D28) 12-14 

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