2018 Ladies Team Challenge is on the way!

2018 Ladies Team Challenge is on the way!

Are you up for a Challenge?

2018 Ladies Team Challenge event is looking to expand and reach as many females as possible to participate in this year’s event.
In 2017 players from Brisbane Metro, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast , Toowoomba/Downs, Gympie & Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast participated in the 5 x week, Saturday morning competition, played in these zones. (2018 commences Sep 29 – Oct 27 – Finals Weekend 3/4th Nov venue TBC)

If you would like to enter a team or would like your zone/area to be part of the 2018 event.

Please contact event organiser, Michelle Russell at [email protected] or 0411 652 718 for further information.

February 28, 2018 / by / in ,
Glas’ Gazette – Jackaroos continue to roll with another all-encompassing camp

National coach Steve Glasson OAM shares his insights from the squad’s recent training camp at Broadbeach ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the second instalment of Glas’ Gazette.

The Jackaroos have undergone their final training camp ahead of an extended camp from the end of March where the team will establish themselves for the Games beginning on April 5.

In what was an erratic time on the Gold Coast weather-wise, the squad benefited from being subject to all kinds of conditions, including extreme humidity and wild storms.

April on the Gold Coast is renowned for being unpredictable in weather and so our team will need to be prepared for all kinds of tropical conditions that will have a significant impact on the green. 

Aside from the weather, the team continued fine-tuning their games with a number of drills and match-simulation exercises, while also counter-balancing their games off the green.

The squad were sized up and treated to their official Games uniforms and gear, with the Australian green and gold looking a treat on our 17 male and female players. 

Instagram – Kelsey Cottrell

Another alternative but important form of ‘training’ conducted by each and every squad member was that with Bowls Australia’s (BA) media team. 

Squad members were put through a series of rigorous interviews by BA Media mirroring the type of questions that could be asked during the Games in a number of scenarios by the Australian and international press. 

From straight-forward responses to curly questions to learning how to probe back at the journalist, the media game was certainly not as straightforward as it seems. 

The experienced proved highly enjoyable and useful for players and coaches alike, with further feedback to be provided to each individual player in the coming weeks. 

From now, our players will break until March 27, where we will come together for our final camp and the Games that follow. 

In the meantime, our Jackaroos will head back to their clubs and continue to ramp up their preparations with some to also take part in events around Australia. 

Para-sports bowlers Josh Thornton, Tony Bonnell and Ken Hanson will take part in a Traralgon Triples event from March 8 to 9, along with Barrie Lester, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff at the same event. 

On the same weekend, Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy will journey not far to Brisbane to participate in the Darra/Cementco Ladies Master Pairs. 

The excitement is palpable in the squad among coaches and players alike as we nudge closer and closer to what we’ve all been working towards and we cannot wait to take Australia with us on our journey. 

36 days to go! 

Steve Glasson 

Stay tuned for further instalments of Glas’ Gazette as we edge closer to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth! Games!

February 28, 2018 / by / in
Latest National Rankings for February released

There has been very little movement in the national male and female rankings following a relatively quiet month on the events calendar. 

All of both the male and female top ten remain the same bar one, with Dylan Fisher (VIC) climbing from 16th to occupy the 10th position. 

David Ferguson (NSW) and Natasha Scott (NSW) both remain with a firm grasp on the number one mantle but that could change with a number of major events coming up in March and April, including some state championships.

The National Rankings System operates on a yearly rolling-points system, where all points accrued are retained for a twelve-month period and are then discounted.

The rankings year concludes at the completion of the Australian Open in June 2018, with the number one ranked male and female players earning the titles of Male and Female Bowlers of the Year and $3,000 prize purses each.

Players can accrue ranking points from all national events, State Championships, State Champion of Champion and selected club events.

Top-ranked players by state (men):

ACT: Mac McLean (overall ranking – 23rd)
NSW: David Ferguson (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 17th)
QLD: Nathan Rice (overall ranking – 12th)
SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 7th)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 2nd)
VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 4th)
WA: Shane Knott (overall ranking – 40th)
Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 5th)

Top-ranked players by state (women):

ACT: Sharon Steele (overall ranking – 34th)
NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 7th)
QLD: Lynsey Clarke (overall ranking – 5th)
SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 10th)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 4th)
VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 3rd)
WA: Lisa Featherby (overall ranking – 17th)
Overseas: Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 12th)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1st: David Ferguson (NSW): 523
2nd: Lee Schraner (TAS): 435
3rd: Ben Twist (NSW): 349
4th: Barrie Lester (VIC): 318
5th: Ryan Bester (OS – Canada): 316

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1st: Natasha Scott (NSW): 390 
2nd: Ellen Ryan (NSW): 371
3rd: Carla Krizanic (VIC): 306
4th: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 240
5th: Lynsey Clarke (QLD): 213

Click here for the complete Male rankings as of February 28, 2018
Click here for the complete Female rankings as of February 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 / by / in
Jackaroos set for work at Windsor

As preparations continue for April’s Commonwealth Games, Australia’s full squad contingent are set for a visit to Windsor Bowls Club in Brisbane on the eve of the sport’s showpiece event. 

All 17 bowlers will make the journey to the inner-city club on Wednesday 28 March for practice on the greens, followed by a working bee. 

The Australian Jackaroos will be performing tasks like marking green lines, cleaning windows and organising bowls stock in a bid to give back to the club.

There will also be the chance for some of the district’s representative juniors to share the green with the Australians, while the event open to members and the public. 

National coach of the Jackaroos Steve Glasson said the experience will be an extremely humbling one for his team.

“Windsor BC is an inner city club who to their credit have emerged from a difficult time and are now a thriving part of the Brisbane bowls community with a vision to improve,” he said. 

“The experience for our squad is part of Bowls Australia’s ongoing commitment to the community and the foundations of our sport. 

“We are looking forward to utilising the greens at Windsor for practice which will no doubt contribute positively in our preparation for the Games, while also hoping to assist the club in whatever way we can off the green.”

Windsor BC secretary Alan Brown said the entire community was excited about the arrival of the Jackaroos. 

“It’s gained a lot of interest so far within the club and also the Brisbane district,” he said. 

“We’re excited to watch the team go through their Games preparation.

“We have some tasks already worked out as to what we’d like them to do during the working bee!”

For further information, please contact:
Aidan Davis
P: 0432 255 213
E: [email protected]

February 23, 2018 / by / in
Six reasons to visit the Gold Coast

Not only is the Gold Coast the hub of all the best that bowls in Australia has to offer, the year-round sunshine-bathed pocket of Queensland is packed with things to do which will appease all ages. 

The world’s richest bowls event in the Australian Open will hit 15 venues from Coolangatta to Paradise Point in the north from June 9 to 22, with 16 disciples offering up a total prize pool of over $250,000. 

More than 2000 bowlers are set to take part in one of the world’s flagship bowls events and whether you’re a first-timer or an Australian Open veteran, you can be part of the action in what is a completely open-to-enter event. 

So why not treat yourself to an unforgettable time both on and off the green on the Gold Coast this June? 


2018 Event Info and Registrations

Australian Open FAQs

Theme parks, beaches and rainforests to be found across the sparkling region, among a host of other attractions. 

Here are six reasons to visit the Gold Coast: 

1. The Surf

The Gold Coast is home to some of the worlds best beaches – 57 km worth of the best in fact. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, catch the amazing waves at The Spit or Mermaid Beach or for just pure seaside fun, head to Surfers Paradise or better yet Broadbeach, just a stone throw away from the Commonwealth Games bowling green. 

2. The Spectacular

 With the Pacific Ocean treating you on the coastline, pivot slightly and you’ll be greeted by a plethora of jaw-dropping natural parkland and rainforests in the Great Hinterland. World Heritage-listed rainforests like Lamington and Springbrook offer spectacular waterfalls and beauty, just two of many of the nature-inspiring paths you may take. Or, if you’d like to get up close and personal with wildlife in a contained environment, check out Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. 

3. The Family Fun 

When you think of the Gold Coast you often think of its theme parks. With Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World and Dreamworld all Australian ornaments that transcend generations, you’ll no doubt find fun for the whole family at any of the aforementioned venues. Meet your favourite movie stars, satisfy your thrills on extreme rollercoasters or witness the world-famous aquatic shows, or you can simply do them all! 

4. The Luxury 

Treat yourself to one of Gold Coast’s many flawless five-star hotels like the Palazzo Versace, the Hilton or QT in the heart of Surfers, the Sofitel at Broadbeach or lap up the resort-feel with the best pools at the Sheraton Mirage or Marriott Resort and Spa. Shop ’till you drop at the revamped Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Harbour Town outlet centre, or if you’re the more curious shopper, pay a visit to Carrara or Burleigh Markets.


5. The Challenge

If relaxing by the water isn’t your thing, challenge yourself on one of Gold Coast’s many world-class golf courses. RACV Royal Pines Resort plays home to the Australian PGA Championships, while Sanctuary Cove’s The Palms and The Pines courses are nestled gems. Alternatively, ride jet skis, learn to paddle-board or surf and take up a scuba diving experience if you’d love the ultimate challenge. 

6. The Graze 

Indulge yourself at Gold Coast’s many sublime restaurants and eateries. The newly renovated The Star Gold Coast offers up all facets of dining, from the sweeping city views of Cucina Vivo to the all-you-can-eat option at Food Fantasy to the casual outdoor dining at Garden Kitchen & Bar. Further to that, Bumbles on Budds Beach will further provide a picturesque waterside setting, Hellenika at Nobby Beach for its region-renowned lamb or hit the high-end of the market at Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill. 

February 23, 2018 / by / in