Krizanic fires on the world stage

Krizanic fires on the world stage

Sunbury’s Carla Krizanic enjoyed a scintillating start to her World Champion of Champions campaign yesterday at St Johns Park, but Warilla’s Aaron Teys took a while to hit his straps.

Krizanic has an unblemished record following her opening three games on the international stage yesterday, but didn’t have things all her way against strong opposition.

The Jackaroos spearhead was forced to the tie-break on all three matches, against South Africa, Japan and England, but finished the games strongly in all instances to set herself up for the remainder of the seven-day competition.

Despite the results, Krizanic finds herself in second position on the standings board, behind Hong Kong China’s Dorothy Yu by 16 shots, with the two players the only undefeated in the women’s section one.

In the men’s event, Teys had a rather forgettable start to the tournament, losing his first two rubbers, before rebounding strongly in the third encounter.

Teys succumbed to Scotland in straight sets, followed by a tie-break loss to South Africa, but claimed a one-and-a-half set victory over Turkey to notch up his first win in last night’s third round.

Teys is currently in tenth position in the 14-player men’s section two.

In today’s matches, Krizanic will encounter Papua New Guinea and Scotland, while Teys faces the United States and Zambia.

Click here to view the event program book on St Johns Park Bowling Club’s website.

Day one results:
Men’s Section 2. 

Rd.1: Derek Oliver (SCO) bt Aaron Teys (AUS) 6-5, 7-5
Rd.2: Kyriacos Kyriacou (RSA) bt Teys 9-9, 6-6, 2-1
Rd.3: Teys bt Ozkan Akar (TUR) 9-7, 9-9

Women’s Section 1: 
Rd.1: Carla Krizanic (AUS) bt Nici Neal (RSA) 11-4, 5-8, 4-1
Rd 2: Krizanic bt Yukie Kato (JPN) 11-3, 7-10, 5-0
Rd 3: Krizanic bt Donna Knight (ENG) 6-10, 9-3, 5-0

October 31, 2017 / by / in
Bowls greats honoured at Hall of Fame and Awards Night

The outstanding achievements of many bowls athletes and administrators have been celebrated at Bowls Australia’s 2017 Hall of Fame and Awards Night tonight at Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise.

During bowls’ night of nights, 11 of the sport’s most deserving athletes, officials, coaches and volunteers were acknowledged for their contribution to the sport over the past 12 months, while a further five past champion players and administrators were honoured with induction into the Hall of Fame, and two of the most distinguished athletes were immortalised with elevation to Legend status.

Hall of Fame Legend elevation – Kelvin Kerkow OAM (South Tweed, NSW)
Kelvin Kerkow is without question one of the most famous, and indeed infamous, names in the sport of bowls, in any corner of the globe.

Kerkow enjoyed a scintillating career for the Australian Jackaroos that spanned from 1995 to 2008, where he amassed more than 300 international caps and became one of the sport’s most distinguished and recognisable figures.

He created arguably the most iconic moment in bowls history when he claimed the coveted Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games men’s singles gold medal, after which, he ripped off his shirt and was chaired from the Darebin International Sports Centre arena by his teammates, draped in the Australian flag.

At a state level, he represented the Queensland Maroons on more than 350 occasions, and was inducted into the Bowls Queensland Hall of Fame in 2008. 

He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the sport of bowls in 2010.

Kerkow’s story is made even more remarkable given he has endured and overcome a debilitating illness, known as Guillian Barre Syndrome, which paralysed him as a child and left him requiring the aid of a walking stick to play bowls for the remainder of his life, to become one of the world’s most successful players.

Kerkow boasts a rich history with South Tweed Sports, and is still involved in shaping the sport’s High Performance program as a current Australian Selector.

Hall of Fame Legend elevation – Rex Johnston OAM (Tuncurry Beach, NSW)
Rex Johnston has achieved feats across all levels of the sport, as a player and a coach, that many could only dream of.

Johnston is one of the nation’s most decorated bowlers and enjoyed an illustrious international playing career from 1988 to 2004, where he pulled on the green and gold uniform on more than 300 occasions.

Johnston is the only Australian bowler to have represented his country at four consecutive Commonwealth Games, from 1990 to 2002, and secured a coveted gold medal as skip of the men’s pairs at the 1994 Victoria, British Columbia Games.

He coached Malta at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, became an Australian Selector from 2006 until his appointment as the Australian National Coach in 2009, until 2011.

On the state stage, Johnston accumulated 320 appearances for the NSW Blues, was awarded the male Bowler of the Year accolade on three occasions (1990, 1991 and 1997) and was bestowed Hall of Fame membership by Bowls NSW in 2009.

Johnston was presented with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to bowls and charitable work in 2006.

He is a member of Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club.

Hall of Fame induction – Wayne Turley OAM (Tweed Heads, QLD)
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley is a stalwart of Australian bowls across all levels.

The former Australian Jackaroos Vice-Captain enjoyed a sublime international career, which spanned 132 tests from 2005 to 2011.

In just his second capped event, Turley secured his most coveted international achievement, claiming a coveted gold medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men’s triples discipline, alongside Bill Cornehls and Mark Casey.

Other international highlights included dual gold medals from the 2007 Asia Pacific Championships, a silver medal at the 2008 World Bowls Championships, a silver medal at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, and a further Asia Pacific Championships gold medal in 2009.

On the state stage, Turley has notched up 279 test caps for the NSW Blues, having made his state debut in 1999, and is the fourth most prolific NSW men’s representative in the sport’s history.

He has twice been voted NSW bowler of the year, in 2006 and 2013, and has been part of six Alley Shield victories with the Blues at the Australian Sides Championships during his tenure.

Turley, who began his love-affair with the sport as a 15 year-old, has been the Bowls Coordinator at Taren Point for 18 years, and has only recently taken the reins at Tweed Heads Bowls Club in the same position.

He has also contributed to the governance of the sport through his role on the Bowls Australia Board, which he has held since 2013.

Earlier this year, Turley was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division, for service to lawn bowls, as part of the Australian Day 2017 honours list.

Turley will be inducted into the “2000-present – Athlete” category.

Hall of Fame induction – Greeta Fahey (Club Helensvale, QLD)
Former Australian representative Greeta Fahey achieved an astonishing amount of success in such a short span of time.

Debuting in 1986, Fahey became Australia’s 29th capped female representative, and while her international career only spanned four events across as many years, her name will forever be etched into the sport’s annals.

At 56 years of age, Fahey was handed the blue-ribbon singles role in her maiden international appearance, at the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games no less, but it wasn’t until the following year when she really established herself on the sport’s biggest stage.

The 1987 Bicentennial International at Tweed Heads saw Fahey rewarded with a gold medal in the triples and silver medal in the fours, but just as importantly, a spot in the coveted World Bowls Championships team, to be contested in New Zealand the following year.

Fahey took the opportunity with both hands, claiming dual gold medals at the sport’s premier event, which is held every four years, as skip of the women’s triples and third in the women’s fours.

It was the nation’s eighth and ninth World Bowls Championships gold medal since 1966, and just the second occasion where an Australian had won two gold medals from the same championships.

She finished her brief but illustrious career for the Australian Jackaroos with a bang the following year, securing a gold medal in the triples and silver medal in the fours at the 1989 Pacific Games in Fiji.

Despite only four short years of green-and-gold representation, from 1986 to 1989, Fahey also enjoyed a decorated career for both Victoria and Queensland, including ten years for the Maroon from 1981 to 1991.

Her résumé also boasts four Queensland state titles, and in excess of 40 club championships.

She was recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was also honoured with induction into Bowls Queensland’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

Fahey, who first took up the sport in 1959 as a 19 year-old, continues to play club-level bowls and has been described as an inspiration and icon to her fellow Club Helensvale members.

Fahey will be included in the “1975-1999 – Athlete” category of inductees.

Hall of Fame induction – Leif Selby (Warilla, NSW)
Former world number one Leif Selby is without doubt one of the modern era’s most prolific players, and lays claim to being the only player to ever win the sport’s three world singles crowns, which include the World Bowls Championships singles, World Cup and World Champion of Champion titles.

Debuting in 2007, Selby was Australia’s 125th capped male representative, and enjoyed a distinguished career until 2012, when he finished at the peak of his powers.

Within three years of his maiden cap, Selby had notched up three world singles titles, including the World Champion of Champion trophy in 2008, and back-to-back World Cup crowns in 2009 and 2010, but decided to bow out of international duties following a silver medal in the blue-ribbon singles at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Despite retiring from international competition after the Commonwealth Games, Selby made a stunning come-back after encouragement from the High Performance team and the playing contingent.

He was handed the plum singles role, in which he had enjoyed so much success, at the 2012 World Bowls Championships in Adelaide.

Selby repaid the faith in full, securing one of five gold medals for the Australian contingent in what became the nation’s most successful world championships campaign, and solidified himself as the only person to win all three world singles accolades.

Immediately after his victory, Selby again relinquished his position within the Australian Jackaroos squad and concluded his international career at the height of his power.

On the national stage, Selby has also enjoyed considerable success, particularly in the singles discipline.

He became the first person to secure the nation’s indoor-outdoor double in the same year, winning the Australian Open singles and Australian Indoor Championships both in 2008, and set another record three years later, when he became the Australian Open’s first dual singles winner.

Selby has also been a prominent figure on the NSW state stage, and was Bowls NSW’s Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and received inclusion in their Hall of Fame in 2015.

Selby has enjoyed a rich playing history at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, where he has also worked as a junior bowls development officer, in which he guides and mentors the sport’s rising stars.

Selby will be recognised in the “2000-present – Athlete” category of Hall of Fame membership.

Hall of Fame induction – Arnold O’Brien OAM (VIC)
Victorian bowls administrator and former State player Arnold O’Brien OAM is a deserving recipient of tonight’s induction.

O’Brien is this year’s first non-athlete inductee, and just the 11th of all time, from a total of 46 past and present members whose achievements date back to the 1930s.

While boasting achievements both on and off the green, O’Brien earns inclusion for his tireless work and contribution to the sport in a non-playing capacity.

His involvement in the sport spans more than 65 years, and includes accolades achieved playing, coaching, umpiring, marking and administering across club, group, region, state, national and international levels.

At an international level, O’Brien served on Bowls Australia’s selection committee in 2002, before taking the reins as Chairman for a term of three years from 2003.

He was also a marker and umpire at the sport’s premier event, in the 1980 World Bowls Championships. 

From a state perspective, O’Brien had a distinguished tenure with the Royal Victorian Bowls Association (now Bowls Victoria), serving as a Councillor for 21 years in total, which included the roles of Vice President from 1994 to 1998, Deputy President from 1998 to 2000, and at the helm as President for a further three-year period from 2000 to 2003.

A proud Victorian, having represented the Big V in over 200 occasions, O’Brien has also served on the state’s selection committee for 26 years, 12 of which as Chairman, and the coaching committee for 21 years, 13 as Chairman.

He was recognised with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000, and was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the sport in 2004.

He was also made a life member of Bowls Victoria in 2006.

O’Brien will be included in the “2000-present – General” category of Hall of Fame membership.

Hall of Fame induction – Mark Casey (Club Helensvale, QLD)
Such is the calibre of Mark Casey’s credentials, the Club Helensvale star is awarded Hall of Fame induction tonight despite only retiring from the international arena just 10 months ago. 

Casey enjoyed an illustrious career in the green and gold colours from his international debut in 2003 until his retirement in December last year, following the conclusion of the 2016 World Bowls Championships.

During his 13 years representing Australia, Casey amassed 292 international caps, as well as a swag of titles, accomplishments and golden medallions which are rivalled by very few.

The classy southpaw can lay claim to being the only male player in Australia’s history to have won both a Commonwealth Games and World Bowls Championships gold medal.

His first world title came as a 23 year-old, when he secured the inaugural World Cup singles title in Hong Kong in 2005, and one of his finest moments came the following year, when he secured a gold medal at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men’s triples, alongside Bill Cornehls and fellow Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Turley.

He continued to ply his trade on the international stage at everything from Asia Pacific Championships to Trans Tasman events over the ensuing years, until he etched his name in the history books with a gold and silver medal at the 2012 World Bowls Championships in Adelaide, as part of the nation’s most successful campaign.

He wasn’t able to replicate the golden feat at the next staging of the event, in Christchurch last year, where he finished with two silver medals, but still bowed out of international representation at the peak of his powers.

On the national stage, an outdoor-indoor singles double in 2012 rates among Casey’s many achievements, having claimed the Australian Open’s men’s singles crown followed a few short months later by the Australian Indoor Championships men’s singles gong.

He also helped steer the Brisbane Gold to the inaugural Bowls Premier League (then called Australian Premier League) title in 2013.

Casey was also a prolific Queensland state representative, and helped the Maroons to seven Alley Shields at the sport’s state-versus-state competition, the Australian Sides Championships, over the years.

Casey will be included in the “2000-present – Athlete” category of Hall of Fame membership.

Australian Sports Commission International Bowler of the Year – Aaron Wilson (Cabramatta, NSW)
As the new kid on the block for the Australian Jackaroos, Aaron Wilson could not have dreamt of having a bigger impact on the world stage then he did during his international debut.

Wilson was handed the reigns as skip of the men’s pairs on debut at the sport’s pinnacle event, the World Bowls Championships, alongside fellow International Bowler of the Year finalist Brett Wilkie. 

The result was the nation’s first men’s pairs title victory in 36 years, having last claimed the honours in Melbourne in 1980.

A silver medal finish in the men’s fours provided another medal for the nation’s tally. 

Wilson continued his dominance on the international arena in his second capped event, the first on home on soil, securing the most amount of votes of any player at the Australia v England Series.

Wilson also polled very well, alongside Wilkie, at the Trans Tasman Test Series at Broadbeach, and finished the eligible events off with a silver medal at the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations.

Aaron has cemented himself as one of the strongest competitors in the Australian Jackaroos squad, and is sure to be a cornerstone of the team for many years to come.

Cruiseabout Male Bowler of the Year – Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC)
Barrie cemented his spot as the sport’s top tanking male bowler at the conclusion of the 2016/17 rankings period to claim the title of Australia’s number one male bowler.

Barrie’s stellar year included success at local, state, national and international level, although the latter didn’t play a role in this particular achievement.

Ranking highly among Barrie’s notable accomplishments this year was the rare Victorian double he claimed; as the Victorian State Singles Champion and Victorian Champion of Champion title winner.

He sealed the illustrious Male Bowler of the Year title with a maiden Australian Open crown, following years of heartbreak as a runner-up, alongside this year’s Bowler with a Disability of the Year finalist Josh Thornton, in the men’s pairs.

Barrie’s second greatest amount of rankings points came courtesy of his Yallourn Open Singles victory.

In addition to his trophy and title as the nation’s top male bowler, Barrie will also take home a cheque to the value of $3,000, courtesy of Bowls Australia’s partner Cruiseabout.

Cruiseabout Female Bowler of the Year – Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC)
Carla has etched her name into the history books as the country’s first number one female bowler of the year from the state of Victoria.

Carla upstaged two-time defending champion Natasha Scott for tonight’s accolade, after the two united for the pairs and fours at the 2017 Australian Open, which caps off the ratings period, meaning only the singles discipline could separate the two.

Fortunately for Carla, a sizeable rankings surplus leading into that particular event meant she could afford to

A stunning year for Carla also saw her claim the 2016 Australian Champion of Champions title, which will afford her entry into the soon-to-be-staged world event, the 2017 Golden Nugget singles title and a State mixed pairs championship.

Carla also garnered a significant amount of points from her victories at the Warrnambool Pairs, Moama Pairs and St Johns Park Triples events. 

Carla will also collect a $3,000 prize cheque tonight for topping the rankings, courtesy of Bowls Australia’s valued partner Cruiseabout.

BCiB Insurance Brokers Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year – Jono Davis (Club Mount Lewis, NSW)
Jono is one of the most decorated junior bowlers in the history of the sport; having already won this award the past two years.

Another stellar 12 months on the green has seen Jono secure the sport’s junior double, in the Australian Open’s under-18 singles and Australian Under-18 Championships’ singles titles, for a consecutive year.

Demonstrating his sheer dominance at junior events, Jono has now won both singles titles in 2016 and 2017.

At the 2016 Australian Under-18 Championships, in addition to the blue-ribbon boys’ singles gold medal, Jono also won the boys’ pairs golden medallion, both of which aided the NSW Blues with winning the event’s Overall Champion State Trophy.

Jono also claimed the 2016 NSW Champion of Champions titles, which afforded him entry into the recently staged Australian Champion of Champions event, where he finished with a silver medal with just shots separating him from gold.

During the 2016/17 National Player Ranking period, Jono finished eleventh in Australia and third in NSW, and he was also part of the victorious Australian Development side at the Trans Tasman Test Series.

Tourism and Events Queensland Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year – Jessica Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads, QLD)
Jessica is without question a star on the rise, and definitely one to watch in the coming years as she transitions into the sport’s open levels.

During this period, Jessica has established herself as one of the sport’s preeminent under-18 competitors; not content with a runner-up finish at the Australian Open’s under-18 girls’ singles event in 2016, Jessica went one step further this year and secured the prestigious title; she also made the last 64 in the open singles and final 16 in the pairs.

At the sport’s other national junior event, Jessica skipped the Queensland girls’ fours team to silver medal and a fourth place finish in the triples at the 2016 Australian Under-18 Championships.

Jessica also donned the Maroon uniform for the Queensland women’s team at the sport’s premier state versus state event, the Australian Sides Championships, where she helped secure the women’s Marj Morris Trophy as a lead.

Jessica was part of the successful Australian Development team at the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series at Broadbeach, where Australia secured a series victory.

Bowler with a Disability of the Year – Lynne Seymour (Thuringowa, QLD)
Lynne is one of the most credentialed members of the Australian Blind Bowlers Association and has enjoyed a scintillating time on the greens during the eligibility period.

On the national stage, Lynne claimed the Australian Open’s Vision Impaired women’s singles gold medal and the VI women’s pairs silver medal, while at the Australian Vision Impaired Championships, she secured two gold and one silver, winning the open pairs and mixed pairs and finishing runner-up in the women’s singles.

On the world arena, Lynne could not have had a bigger impact, having covered herself in glory at the World Vision Impaired Championships in South Africa, where she was triumphant in the women’s singles B4 discipline and the mixed pairs B4 category; with the two gold medals symbolic of her preparation, determination and ability.

Lynne is assisted ably at events by her husband Bob as her coach and director.

Stockland Retirement Living Club of the Year – Torquay Bowls Club (VIC)
Years of innovation in response to social changes within Torquay and the club’s wider environment have completely reshaped the Torquay Bowls Club.

From a club in decline, separated from its local community by tradition and its status as an enclave for the aged, the club has now reinvented itself by looking hard at its decaying situation and acting in contrast to the increasing number of clubs subsiding into oblivion.

Torquay purchased two Jr. Jack Attack kits in 2015 to use with the two local schools in the region, but in June 2017 the club decided to undertake a new, progressive approach, by taking the program to the schools in which over 100 children participated over eight weeks with a framework deigned to empower and equip both the students and teachers.

From a declining membership of 170, Torquay Bowls club presently has a combined membership of 843 people compromising 401 affiliated bowlers, and the balance in social members, with the growth primarily attributed to the club’s willingness to adapt and change, through influential leadership, strategic planning, governance reform and incorporating a new entry level competition, Twilight Bowls, which brings in some 240 people each week across two weeknight events.

Through these measures, the club has prospered, with more than 30,000 visitors utilising the club annually, and more than 5,000 barefoot bowlers introduced each year.

City of Gold Coast Coach of the Year- Les Carter (Bowls SA)
As the men’s state coach for South Australia, Les has played a crucial role in the development, progression and ultimate success that the state has enjoyed in recent times.

Les has taken the reigns of the Adelaide Endurance in two Bowls Premier League competitions, BPL04 and BPL05, during the eligibility period, and helped mastermind the state’s Alley Shield victory at the 2017 Australian Sides Championships, which broke a 29-year drought.

Renowned for being highly organised for trainings, Les coordinates efficiently with the players, leadership group and selection panel for preparation, and brings new ideas to improve effectiveness, including implemented a new scoring system system at state training.

Les contributes to players’ and the squad’s overall improvement through not only a focus on technique and skill, but also on shot selection and developing the culture of the entire squad, setting clear expectations and developing behaviors for all squad members.

Les has always focused on the squad and team as an overall rather than individual achievements, and doesn’t take credit for individual successes although he acknowledges how his implementation of behaviours and cultures may have had an effect on the players involved.

Official of the Year – Laureen Smith (Yarrawonga Mulwala, VIC)
Laureen is a finalist in tonight’s Official of the Year award category as a result of stellar contribution in the role of an International Technical Official and as a Presenter and Assessor.

Identified as one the leading International Technical Officials within the country, and arguably the world, Laureen has assisted with officiating at many of the sport’s marquee and benchmark international and national events.

Notably, Laureen officiated with distinction at the 2016 World Bowls Championships in New Zealand, the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event, and the 2017 Australian Open; where she was handpicked to mark the coveted women’s singles final, which was broadcast live on Fox Sports.

Laureen is a Presenter and Assessor for the Ovens and Murray Region of Victoria, which includes 31 clubs. In this role, she has displayed excellent presentation skills, effective planning and preparation, and delivers the courses with clear and detailed instructions.

Volunteer of the Year – John Luchetti (Yamba, NSW)
John is a qualified coach who unselfishly volunteers a countless amount of his time to bring new bowlers to a level of confidence and ability where they can successfully enter the sport in a competitive manner.

He has excelled by patiently developing several bowlers with special needs to the stage where they now possess the necessary confidence and skill levels to regularly participate in social bowls and certain club championships.

John is heavily committed to the promotion of the sport of bowls within the community, and regularly volunteers his time in club activities and initiatives including; school coaching programs, community, family and business competitions and club open and social day visits.

A willing worker around the club, John assists with the running of the club championships, tournaments and official bowls programs and also assists in the maintenance and preparation of the greens.

John was a finalist for Bowls NSW’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year award.

Bolton Clarke Regional Bowls Manager of the Year – Andrew Howie (South East Queensland)
Andrew has been a considerable asset for the clubs within his region of South East Queensland, and is one of three Senior RBMS within the 18-strong team.

Andrew has achieved consistently high results across all areas of his Key Performance Indicators, and has been particularly strong in assisting clubs with implementing national programs, including Jack Attack and BPL Cup competitions; 20 clubs are now onboard with Jack Attack and six venues joined the inaugural BPL Club competition.

He assisted clubs with procuring $990,000 in grants, and is a frequent contributor of good news stories to Bowls Australia and the Queensland Bowler magazine.

October 26, 2017 / by / in
Countdown to world singles glory

Two international representatives will join bowls immortality in Australia over the next two weeks when the sport crowns this year’s men’s and women’s world singles champions.

A stellar field of fifty-three contenders hailing from thirty-two countries will strive for the ultimate honour at Sydney’s palatial St Johns Park Bowls Club in the 15th World Singles Champion of Champions.

Commencing on October 30 for seven days of competition, the event features twenty-nine men and twenty-four women in action on the pristine greens at St Johns Park.

Qualifying rounds will be conducted continuously over the first five days, with semi-finals on Saturday 4 November, followed by the men’s and women’s world finals on Sunday 5 November.

This annual championship, first conducted in Australia at Moama in 2003, offers the ultimate ‘rags to riches’ fairytale story – fact is, any club singles winner, anywhere in the world, can progress through at regional, state and national level to win a shot at a world title – a place in this competition is won out on the green without the necessity to curry favour with national selectors.

This year’s field will no doubt comprise several players who fall under the ‘previously unheralded’ category, while it also carries a spate of the sport’s heavy hitters. Australia’s Carla Krizanic won two gold medals at last year’s world championships in Christchurch in the women’s triples and fours, while Laura Daniels from Wales claimed gold in the women’s pairs and is a former world indoor singles titleholder.

The line-up will also feature two former winners; Thomas Greechan from Jersey, who captured the 2011 men’s title in Hong Kong; and young Malaysian superstar Emma Firyana Saroji, the 2015 women’s champion at Club Helensvale on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The recently announced sections for this year’s championships are:

Men: Section 1:
 Pat Bird (Canada), Chadwick Chen (Hong Kong), Izzat Dzulkeple (Malaysia), Dean Elgar (New Zealand), Simon Green (England), Zvika Hadar (Israel), Vevai Kalimu (Papua New Guinea), David Kingdon (Wales), Arun Kumar (Fiji), Todd Priaulx (Guernsey), Tomas Leong (Singapore), Clive McGreal (Isle of Man), Cabous Olivier (Namibia), Uthen Ontong (Thailand), Andries van der Walt (Botswana).

Men: Section 2: Ozkan Akar (Turkey), Thomas Greechan (Jersey), Phil Jones (Norfolk Island), Barry Kane (Ireland), Kyriacos Kyriacou (Sth Africa), Bob Manson (Cyprus), Matthew Mercer (Zambia), Johnny Ng (Macao), Akira Okuda (Japan), Derek Oliver (Scotland), Jose Riveros (Argentina), Scott Roberts (USA), Dalton Tagelagi (Niue), Aaron Teys (Australia).

Women: Section 1: Rose Baso (Papua New Guinea), Tirelo Buckley (Botswana), Donna Fleming (Scotland), Yukie Kato (Japan), Donna Knight (England), Carla Krizanic (Australia), Yuk-Ping Lai (Macao), Sheryl Mar (Fiji), Bernice McGreal (Isle of Man), Nici Neal (Sth Africa), Mary Wright (Canada), Dorothy Yu (Hong Kong).

Women: Section 2: Patsorn Bryant (Thailand), Laura Daniels (Wales), Guurtje Copier (Netherlands), Selina Goddard (New Zealand), Petal Jones (Norfolk Island), Susan Kariuki (Kenya), May Lee (Singapore), Eddah Mpezeni (Zambia), Bernie O’Neill (Ireland), Joy Peyroux (Niue), Emma Firyana Saroji (Malaysia), Caryn Sinclair (Zimbabwe).

Photo: Past champions Thomas Greechan (Jersey) 2011 and Emma Firyana Saroji (Malaysia) 2015.

Article and photo courtesy of World Bowls.

October 25, 2017 / by / in
Queensland’s women win 2017 Yorke Peninsula Senior Sides Championships

Queensland are the 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides women’s champions after holding off Victoria by two shots in a tense finish.

On the final day of play at Wollaroo Bowling Club, the race for the women’s honours was between Queensland and Western Australia, sitting in first and second place respectively. After the Sandgroppers defeated the Australian Capital Territory comprehensively by 49 shots, a scenario was presented that required the Kookaburras to win its match-up with Victoria to take home the title. 

In the “Rinkside Live” match of the round Gayle Edwards of Victoria defeated Queensland star Christina Pavlov by just two shots.

That match can be relived on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page here.

With Queenland holding the overall lead 48-45 it all came down to the last bowl of the final team left in play with Victorian skip Mary Tragardh needing to drag the jack backwards convert a three shot play and to tie the encounter for a WA win. The crowd watched on in anticipation as Tragardh’s lined up on the mat and the delivered the drive that narrowly missed the target, handing the overall victory and women’s championship to the Kookaburras.

In other results New South Wales finished their campaign on a positive note by narrowly accounting for South Australia by four shots, Tasmania was too good for the Northern Territory in a 67-45 result and tournament runners-up Western Australia thumped the ACT by 49 shots.

After clinching the men’s championship yesterday, host state South Australia finished undefeated with a 6-0-1 record thanks to a 55-46 triumph over NSW.

Victoria were named the runners-up in a tight 59-53 effort over the Queenslanders. Living legend Rex Johnston OAM claimed the best preformed skip crown in a untarnished endeavour. It all came down to the last bowl, as the living legend himself trailed by two at the head before drawing for shot and taking out a one shot victory over South Australia’s Colin Harvey.

Gary Caffell and Robert Ball steered WA to a 21-shot achievement against the ACT, while Tasmania knocked off the NT in 16 shots. 

Bowls Australia thanks the District of Barunga West, the Yorke Peninsula Council and the Copper Coast Council for their outstanding support in hosting the 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships.

Round seven men’s results:
Western Australia def Australian Capital Territory 62-41
Caffell def Deeves 26-6, Ball def Brookman 22-19, O’Neill lost to Taylor 10-22

South Austrlaia def New South Wales 55-46

Harvey lost to Johnston 15-16, Holtham lost Lambourne 17-20, Gageler def Stone 23-10

Tasmania def Northern Territory 64-48

Docking lost to Farrell 13-28, Allford def Fair 26-13, Monson def Parsonson 25-7

Victoria def Queensland 55-53 

Donaldson def Broadbent 25-9, Ross lost to Jenkins 13-23, Jansen tied with Maskell 21-21

Round seven women’s results:
Western Australia def Australian Capital Territory 84-35
Abe def Clout 37-6, Poletti def Bannerman 21-17, Baker def Gillespie 26-12

New South Wales def South Austrlaia def  53-49

Glen def Caulfield 28-9, Qunilan def Richards 16-15, Smith lost to Treloar 9-25

Tasmania def Northern Territory 67-45

Saunders def Bielek 25-16, Guy def Tyrell 22-14, Monson def Garner 20-15

Queensland def Victoria 48-46
Ryan lost to Miles 15-16, Witton def Tragardh 19-14, Pavlov lost to Edwards 14-16

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October 19, 2017 / by / in
Year of the Crow continues, as South Australia claim Men’s Senior Sides crown

The South Australian men’s side have clinched the 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championship by defeating the ACT by two shots at Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club.

The Reds claimed the championship with a game in hand, having managed to go six matches undefeated; their only hiccup being a tied match with Victoria in the second round.

Their success means that South Australia now hold both men’s state side titles after the open team won the Alley Shield back in April, and comes only weeks after the South Australians won the Overall Boys’ Trophy at the 2017 Under-18 Australian Championship last month. SA’s women suffered their third defeat for the tournament, which means the host state’s women’s side is now effectively out of contention to take the ultimate honours.

In the other match at Moonta, Queensland had a day out against Tasmania, winning five of their rinks across both the men’s and women’s contests.

At the Wallaroo Bowling Club, New South Wales and Western Australia’s women played out a nail-biter, coming down to the final end of the last rink to decide the outcome, with Western Australia triumphing 58-55. The win elevated Western Australia to second on the women’s ladder, trailing top side Queensland by four rink points, while relegating the Blues to their third, handing them their second successive defeat.

It will all come down to the final round tomorrow morning to decide the outcome of the women’s side of the tournament, with Queensland and Western Australia likely to be the two teams battling it out for the trophy. A win for Queensland over Victoria will seal victory given their superior rink point total, but the Westerners will be looking to pile the pressure on as they take on ACT.

New South Wales men posted just their third win of the competition downing WA, while the Northern Territory suffered yet another big loss, going down 74-46 in the men’s, while the women fell 54 shots short, 94-40. Check out today’s Rinkside Live contest between the great Rex Johnston OAM and WA’s Gary Caffell, which also features a thrilling conclusion to the NSW vs WA Women’s match!

The 2017 Yorke Peninsula Australian Senior Sides Championships conclude tomorrow, with a final round beginning at 8:00am at Wallaroo and Moonta Memorial Park Bowls Clubs.

Round six men’s results:
New South Wales def Western Australia 70-41
Johnston def Caffell 20-13, Lambourne def Ball 28-12, Stone def O’Neil 22-16

Victoria def def Northern Territory 74-46
Donaldson def Farrell 33-10, Ross def Fair 19-18, Jansen def Parsonson 22-18

Queensland def Tasmania 54-51
Broadbent def Docking 18-13, Jenkins def Allford 23-11, Maskell lost to Manson 27-13

South Australia def Australian Capital Territory 69-63
Harvey lost to Deeves 24-21, Holtham def Brookman 27-21, Gageler def Taylor 21-18

Round six women’s results:
Western Australia def New South Wales 58-55
Abe lost to Glen 28-22, Poletti lost to Quinlan 21-13, Baker def Smith 23-6

Victoria def Northern Territory 83-39
Miles def Bielek 24-14, Tragardh def Tyrell 32-10, Edwards def Garner 27-15

Queensland def Tasmania 79-50
Ryan def Saunders 24-17, Witton def Guy 32-14, Pavlov def Monson 23-19

Australian Capital Territory def South Australia 68-62

Clout lost to Caulfield 28-24, Bannerman def Richards 22-18, Gillespie def Treloar 22-16

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