Pick your Side

Pick your Side

More than 190 of the nation’s best bowlers will roll into Darwin this week for the prestigious Australian Sides Championships – the sport’s only national state and territory open age event.

Such is the enormity of the Championships, two clubs will be utilised to stage the four-day competition, with Darwin Bowls and Social Club and Nightcliff Bowls Club both utilised in conjunction.

Wednesday, May 2 marks the return of the Championships to the Top End for the first time in more than 12 years, when the men’s only Alley Shield competition was held in Darwin in 2006 (it was also staged in Arafura in 1991 and Darwin in 1999) and the first occasion that the women’s Marj Morris Trophy and Overall State Champions Trophy have been contested in the Territory.

Across three rinks each, men’s and women’s teams from each State and Territory will vie over four days to determine more than just bragging rights, with three coveted trophies up for grabs.

The Sides Championships, which has an illustrious history dating back to 1959, is the sport’s only national state versus state competition, and features the top 12 men and women from each State and Territory across the nation, with the revered Alley Shield award to the victorious men’s team and the exalted Marj Morris Trophy handed to the winning women’s contingent. 

South Australia will be crowing about the opportunity to contest the event again, following their monumental victory 12 months ago to earn just their second title following a 29-year drought, and will again be skipped by Scott Thulborn, Wayne Ruediger and Max Kleinig.

Queensland will also be eager to commence their title defence in the women’s event, and collective Overall trophy, and are also lining with the same three spearhead skips, Julie Keegan, Bolivia Millerick and Lynsey Clarke.

The event will commence with a bang, with the two defending champions going head-to-head in the opening round from 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Local crowds will no doubt through their support behind the Northern Territory team, who will be attempting to claim just their second women’s crown, last won in 1995, and first title triumph in the men’s competition.

As we’ve come to know and expect, no team can be overlooked when it comes to performing on the sport’s biggest stage, and the only guarantee is that eight states/territories will descend on Darwin intent on etching their name on the silverware in 2018.

Spectators are encouraged to take advantage of the free admission at both Darwin and Nightcliff to watch the nation’s best bowlers in action, from May 2 to 5.

Click here to view the 2018 Australian Sides Championships event page.

April 30, 2018 / by / in
Expression of Interest: National Selector

An exciting opportunity to help shape the nation’s success on the world stage is currently available to suitable candidates, with Bowls Australia calling for expressions of interest for National Selectors.

The positions play a critical role in determining the sport’s top high-performance squad; Australian Jackaroos, in addition to the selection of athletes for international competition.

Bowls Australia is searching for no less than three and no more than five experienced Selectors to contribute to the National Selection Panel, which is chaired by the HP and Pathways Manager.

Please note that National Selectors cannot be current members of a State or Territory Association Selection Panel.

The successful applicant will be provided an iPad for communication and for taking game statistics. The position would ideally suit someone with extensive state and international playing experience.

Successful candidates will receive a base honorarium, and all expenses incurred in relation to the duties performed as a National Selector are covered by Bowls Australia.

The term of the appointments is from Friday, June 8, 2018 until Friday, June 12, 2020. 

Appointed National Selectors must follow selection guidelines and criteria as per the National Team Selection Policy below and all other relevant Bowls Australia policies and documents.

The National Team Selection Policy can be viewed by clicking here, or at http://www.bowlsaustralia.com.au/Portals/9/Policies/2016/National%20Team%20Selection% 20Policy%20-%20Approved%20November%202016.pdf

All Bowls Australia policies can be viewed by clicking here, or at: www.bowlsaustralia.com.au/About-BA/Documents/Constitution-Policies

Expressions of Interest
All expressions of interest must be received on the prescribed form (enclosed below) and emailed to [email protected] to be considered.

Expressions of interest close on Friday, May 25, 2018; late applications will not be accepted.

If you would like further information about the role of a National Selector please contact National Coach Steve Glasson at [email protected].

Please note, Bowls Australia’s Board is charged with the final approval of the National Selectors.

Expression of Interest Form
Click here to download the National Selector Expression of Interest Form. This form must be filled our and submitted to [email protected].

Note: Once filled out, you must save the document, and then email it to [email protected].

April 30, 2018 / by / in
BPL07 Wrap – Night 4: Sherriff steers Hawks to victory

Back to back Bowls Premier League Most Valuable Player Aron Sherriff has led the Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks to silverware in BPL07, defeating the Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates in the decider.

The Hawks also pipped the Pirates in the Semi-Final along the journey to silverware, forcing them to play three matches back to back.

After crossing over from the Sydney Lions where he won three consecutive BPL’s, Sherriff polled 32 from a possible 42 MVP votes and was a vital cog in the Hawks success, supported by stars Lynsey Clarke and Nathan Rice who led brilliantly. 

Results – 

Elimination Final – Silkari Illawarra Gorillas def. Moama Murray Steamers 5-2 7-6

Semi-Final – Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks def. Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates 9-5 6-3

Preliminary Final – Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates def. Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks 9-5 5-3 

Grand Final – Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks def. Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates 5-3 7-7

April 26, 2018 / by / in
BPL07 Wrap – Day 4: Final Four Set

The final four of BPL07 has been set with the Hawks, Pirates, Gorillas and Steamers finishing in that order as the highest-placed teams. 

Gold Coast finished the tournament in a flurry of wins, hitting their straps at the right time and will take on Brisbane in the semi-final tonight. 

Meanwhile, the Gorillas produced a pre-finals scalp, earning a win over the Pirates and setting up an elimination final against the Murray Steamers. 


Session 1 – 

Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks def. Dyenamic Perth Suns 8-2 10-1
Silkari Illawarra Gorillas def by. Moama Murray Steamers 5-7 3-5
Tower NZ Blackjacks def. Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates 4-7 3-3
Blundstone Melbourne Roys def. BCiB Sydney Lions 1-6 6-4 (1-0)*

Session 2 – 

BCiB Sydney Lions def. Dyenamic Perth Suns 11-1 6-1
Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks def. Blundstone Melbourne Roys 11-3 9-7
Moama Murray Steamers def by. Tower NZ Blackjacks 2-5 4-2 (0-1)*
Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates def by. Silkari Illawarra Gorillas 3-5 6-4 (0-1)*

* denotes tie-break 

Final Ladder: 

Finals Fixture:

Elimination Final – Moama Murray Steamers vs. Silkari Illawarra Gorillas
Semi-Final – Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks vs. Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates

(Winner of Elimination Final to play loser of Semi-Final for spot in Grand Final, winner of Semi-Final to go straight through to Grand Final)

Broadcast Details: (Finals – 26/4)

Australia – Fox Sports – 4-9pm AEST 
New Zealand – Sky Sports NZ – 6-11pm NZST

April 26, 2018 / by / in
BPL07 Wrap – Day 3: Top 4 beginning to take shape

The top four for BPL07 is beginning to take shape with a number of sides still in the frame to finish in position for tomorrow night’s finals. 

The Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates won two of their three matches on Day 3, dropping one to the Moama Murray Steamers to sit comfortably on top.

They are followed by a cluster of teams all on 18 points, with the Gorillas, Steamers and Lions in the mix for the remaining top four spots, while the Melbourne Roys still remain in contention.

The Roys won their final two matches on Day 3 to snap a seven-match losing streak and move to within to wins outside the four. 

With three matches to come before finals, including tonight’s night session, expect some changes among the upper half of the ladder.


Session 1 –

Blundstone Melbourne Roys def by. Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates 2-5 2-10
Tower NZ Blackjacks def by. BCiB Sydney Lions 3-5 2-6
Dyenamic Perth Suns def by. Silkari Illawarra Gorillas 3-7 1-8
Moama Murray Steamers def by. Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks 4-5 1-5

Session 2 –

Blundstone Melbourne Roys def. Silkari Illawarra Gorillas 0-11 8-4 (1-0)*
Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks def. Tower NZ Blackjacks 7-2 10-3
Dyenamic Perth Suns def by. Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates 2-5 4-3 (0-1)*
Moama Murray Steamers def by. BCiB Sydney Lions 3-8 4-5

Session 3 – 

Blundstone Melbourne Roys def. Dyenamic Perth Suns 4-3 6-7 (2-0)*
Tower NZ Blackjacks def. Silkari Illawarra Gorillas 7-9 13-4 (1-0)*
BCiB Sydney Lions def by. Club Helensvale Gold Coast Hawks 3-5 3-5
Moreton Bay Brisbane Pirates def by. Moama Murray Steamers 2-8 8-9

* denotes tie-break 


Broadcast Details: (25/4 – 26/4)

Night Sessions – 

Australia – Fox Sports – 4-9pm AEST 
New Zealand – Sky Sports NZ – 6-11pm NZST

Day Sessions – (Bowls Australia Facebook – ‘Rinkside Live’)

Thursday – 8:00am & 9:30am 

(All above times are AEST)

April 25, 2018 / by / in