2019 Australian Open and Asia Pacific Champs dates confirmed

2019 Australian Open and Asia Pacific Champs dates confirmed

Following the culmination of the 2018 Australian Open on the Gold Coast last Friday, Bowls Australia is pleased to be able to confirm the dates for next year’s competition.
The 2019 Australian Open will be staged across the Gold Coast from June 1 to 14, with the Asia Pacific Championships now to be held from June 18-28.
Following consultation with event partners Tourism and Events Queensland, City of Gold Coast, World Bowls and Bowls QLD, Bowls Australia has elected to amend the dates of the two competitions, switching the order in which they are played to allow the Australian Open to be utilised as a lead-in event for international competitors.
“By playing the Australian Open prior to the Asia Pacific Championships, the Australian Jackaroos and international players will be able to use the AO as a preparatory event to acclimatise to the conditions ahead of capped international competition,” Bowls Australia Acting CEO Tony Sherwill said.
“The Asia Pacific Championships is an important qualifying event for the 2020 World Bowls Championships, so we felt it important that international players were afforded the chance to participate in a high quality competition such as the Australian Open, if they wished, in order to maximise their preparation.
“We are hopeful this change will result in more international competitors partaking in the Australian Open in 2019, while also providing them with further incentive to win significant prize-money in the richest open bowls competition in the world.”
The Australian Open will again be staged at clubs across the Gold Coast, while the Asia Pacific Championships will mirror the 2020 World Bowls Championships and utilise Club Helensvale, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Broadbeach Bowls Club as host venues.
Bowls Australia would like to express its appreciation to the aforementioned event partners of both the Australian Open and Asia Pacific Championships.
Click here to view the Event Calendar for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

June 27, 2018 / by / in
Without Bias – 12/6: Clive Adams and Kurt Brown [LISTEN]

The latest episode of Bowls Australia’s (BA) weekly SEN 1116 radio program ‘Without Bias’ is now available. 

Host Jack Heverin is joined by West Australian star bowler, Bowls Australia RBM and gun ‘Rinkside Live’ commentator Clive Adams and one of the in-form players of the week Kurt Brown to discuss all things 2018 Australian Open. 

June 13, 2018 / by / in
Without Bias – 23/5: Ellen Ryan and Steve Glasson [LISTEN]

The latest episode of Bowls Australia’s (BA) weekly SEN 1116 radio program ‘Without Bias’ is now available. 

Host Jack Heverin is joined by Australian rising star Ellen Ryan ahead of the 2918 Australian Open, where she will be looking to defend her Women’s Singles crown. 

Also on the show is National Coach Steve Glasson OAM, Australia’s most successful ever national team coach.

Without Bias airs on 1116 SEN every Tuesday night from 8.30pm, with interstate audiences encouraged to listen live via the 1116 SEN app for iOS and Android, or via the podcast of the program after each episode’s conclusion. 

June 6, 2018 / by / in
Latest National Rankings for May released

The latest National Rankings for May have been released with a flurry of changes given the deduction of ranking points from last year’s Australian Open (AO). 

Players now know where they are situated heading into the World’s Richest Bowls Festival, which gets underway on June 9 on the Gold Coast. 

The rankings released following the AO will complete the 2017 calendar year.

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 – 21st)
NSW: David Ferguson (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 9th)
QLD: Aron Sherriff (overall ranking – 4th)
SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 24th)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 2nd)
VIC: Jay Bye-Norris (overall ranking – 6th)
WA: Shane Knott (overall ranking – 15th)
Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 10th)

Top-ranked players by state (women):

ACT: Margaret Bacchetto (overall ranking – 26th)
NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 7th)
QLD: Ester Regan (overall ranking – 5th)
SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 23rd)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 11th)
VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 2nd)
WA: Kristina Krstic (overall ranking – 7th)
Overseas: Val Smith (overall ranking – 17th)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1st: David Ferguson (NSW): 475
2nd: Lee Schraner (TAS): 437
3rd: Ben Twist (NSW): 356
4th: Aron Sherriff (QLD): 318
5th: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 254

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1st: Natasha Scott (NSW): 354
2nd: Carla Krizanic (VIC): 268
3rd: Kylie Whitehead (VIC): 177
4th: Genevieve Delves (NSW): 165
5th: Ester Regan (QLD): 155

Click here for the complete Male rankings as of May 31, 2018
Click here for the complete Female rankings as of May 31, 2018
Click here for May Event results

June 1, 2018 / by / in
Your view: Whanganui's first international women's cricketer

Sorry Hamish, but Jessica Watkin is not the first female cricketer from Whanganui to play at international level.

That honour goes to Mabel Corby who, at 21 years of age, played for New Zealand against England on February 16-18, 1935 at Christchurch.

It was an inauspicious start to international cricket for the New Zealanders who won the toss, decided to bat and were all out for 44. Mabel batting at four was out, hit wicket for one run.

England then made 503 for 5 declared, Mabel bowling 10 overs and conceding 36 runs.
New Zealand did a bit better in the second innings, scoring 122, with Corby run out for 12. The game was over in two days.


She later toured Australia with the New Zealand side, and she was also a triallist for the national hockey team.

Mabel became a primary school teacher, specialising in physical education, many of these years at Gonville.

She taught many pupils to swim and learn life-saving drills. In later life, she took up lawn bowls at the Nelson Street Bowling Club … one of our great sportswomen.

Mabel Cecelia Corby was born in Wanganui on October 25, 1913, and attended Gonville School. Her father, W S Corby, was the renowned scribe with the Wanganui Herald for 40 years writing under pen names Victor and Archilles.

She died on October 1, 1993.

‘Sin no more’

In response to Chester Borrows’ column of May 18 — sorry, but you are using a passage from the Bible incorrectly by leaving out the most important part.

Our Lord does not condone the lifestyle of the adulterous woman. The bit you forgot to mention is when Jesus says: “Go, and now sin no more.”

The key point here is that she was repentant. It is like saying that we should not condemn thieves because Jesus forgave the thief on the cross. That particular man was repentant — Jesus forgives those who repent.

What the liberal agenda is pushing by abusing Biblical texts like this is the idea that God turns a blind eye to sin; that sin does not actually exist; that Christians should just tolerate anything and everything.

What we are witnessing today is that people like this Israel guy are virtually burned at the stake by the media for openly answering a heavily-loaded question from a reporter who obviously had sinister reasons for doing so.

The only bigotry I see comes from the liberal agenda. Everyone can do or say what they want, except for Christians. One Christian sports guy answers a loaded question and receives nothing but intolerance, hatred and bigoted name-calling.

There is no doubt that Jesus would have acted the same had the adulterous woman been replaced with a homosexual person. As long as that person had the intention of “sinning no more”.

The quote liberals should really be using to support ideas such as Chester’s is this — “Do what thou wilt”. That, by the way, comes from the Satanic bible.

Scurrilous allegation

In his column of May 23, Jay Kuten strayed outside what he calls the “boundaries of honest argument”.

Much of what he was trying to say, in a somewhat nasty way, are his own opinions, which I do not intend to dignify with a response.

There are, however, glaring inaccuracies that need to be corrected,

Kuten dismisses concerns that liberalising euthanasia laws will lead to coercion.

The fact is that 70,000 seniors report being physically, psychologically or financially abused each year, and three quarters of abusers are family members. It’s not hard to imagine at least one of these victims being coerced into dying under the new law.

In pointing to the “significant public support” for the bill, Mr Kuten fails to mention that 80 per cent of the 21,000 submissions to the health committee on Maryan Street’s euthanasia petition were opposed to any law change.

His claim my Access to Palliative Care bill would make palliative care mandatory is ridiculous.

My bill seeks to allow access to all who want top quality end-of-life care wherever and whenever they need it. Mr Kuten could opt to refuse all hospice and palliative care in the same way they can now.

Kuten’s reference to “the conflict of interest of palliative care physicians who stand to gain financially from such legislation” is a false and scurrilous allegation, questioning the honesty and integrity of palliative care physicians.

Mr Kuten has much in common with the other close-minded zealots who believe they have the right to demand a choice through this assisted suicide bill that would remove the choice from so many thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders.

MAGGIE BARRY, MP for North Shore

June 1, 2018 / by / in