Australia

New Geelong Bowls Super Centre officially opened

The City of Geelong Bowls Club is celebrating following the opening of their new facility over the weekend. 

This project marks the start of an exciting new era for lawn bowls in Geelong, completing the merger of two popular clubs – Drumcondra and Geelong West.

The new super centre for bowls features a fully accessible clubhouse, an undercover synthetic green and an outdoor synthetic green.

Minister for Sport John Eren was on hand to officially open the centre, following the Labor Government’s $650,000 investment to help build the state-of-the-art facility. 

“This bowls super centre ticks all the boxes – it’s a great place for the whole community to come and try lawn bowls in a fun and social setting while getting active,” he said. 

“With more and more families moving to our great region, the new centre provides more opportunity for locals to have a roll, host the big tournaments and watch the best of the best in their own backyard.”

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens acknowledged the impact the new facility will have on the local community. 

“We’re supporting grassroots community sports clubs like the City of Geelong Bowls Club. This new centre will enable the Geelong community to enjoy the wonderful sport of bowls in first-class facilities.”

www.cityofgeelongbowlsclub.com.au

Images – Courtesy City of Geelong Bowls Club

October 15, 2018 / by / in
Senior bowlers set to roll into the Yorke Peninsula

With the Australian Champion of Champions concluding yesterday, our focus now switches to the Australian Senior Sides Championships which will commence on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia on Monday, October 15. 

160 of the country’s most accomplished Over 60’s bowlers will assemble at Wallaroo Bowling Club for the opening ceremony on Monday and then dispatch across two venues, Wallaroo Bowling Club and Moonta Memorial Bowling Club, to kick-start four days of tough competition (October 15-18). 

Defending Champions South Australia (men) and Queensland (women) have formidable sides with a number of their players returning to the Yorke Peninsula with back-to-back titles in their sights.

Casting an eye over the other teams to find where the challenges will come from, it’s hard to go past the New South Wales women’s side with former Australian Representative Beth Quinlan, an Australian Champion of Champion pairs winner Betty Herbertson and Carolyn Glen who is highly regarded around the greens in NSW.

In the men’s competition, Queensland look to have a balanced side, skipped by accomplished bowler Geoff Maskell, a numerous over-60’s state championship winner Neville Jenkins and former Tasmanian and Northern Territory skip Scott Chamberlain. 

The Western Australian women’s side had some last minute changes; however they still look to be a team which can cause an upset or two, led by former Australian Champion of Champion Singles winner Noelene Abe and Bowls WA President Kerry Andersen, a former Australian Development Squad member in her own right. 

The eight State and Territories play each other in the round robin format with the first round commencing on Monday October 15 at 1:30pm. 

Bowls Australia will be present in South Australia to film a match from every round for Rinkside Live which can be viewed on the Bowls Australia Facebook page. 

The matches which are selected for the live stream will be advertised on Facebook the night before play. 

To follow the results from the Australian Senior Sides Championships, click here

Caption – 160 of the country’s best senior bowlers roll into the Yorke Peninsula 

October 13, 2018 / by / in
Schraner and Whitehead secure 2018 Australian Champion of Champions titles

Tasmanian Lee Schraner has defended his Australian Champion of Champions crown with victory once more, while Victorian Kylie Whitehead secured her second national title in less than 12 months. 

Schraner, also an Emerging BCiB Australian Jackaroo, defeated Barrie Lester 21-12 in the final round of the event, completing his undefeated run at the Kingborough Bowls Club, Hobart. 

Whitehead defeated 17-year-old local favourite Lauren Banks 21-15 in the final round of play, which happened to be a gold-medal playoff between Victoria and Tasmania on both sides of the field. 

The Victorian also went through undefeated and both players have now qualified to represent Australia at the 2019 World Champion of Champions. 

Bowls Australia (BA) will again be delivering Rinkside Live streaming to your devices from next Monday for the 2018 Australian Senior Sides Championships, with our featured match plus crosses to a secondary rink per session.

Be sure to LIKE the Bowls Australia Facebook page to be notified when we are LIVE!

See below for the final standings:

Mens’ Singles

Gold – Lee Schraner (TAS)
Silver – Barrie Lester (VIC)
Bronze – David Ferguson (NSW)
Fourth – Wayne Ruediger (SA)
Fifth – Ryan Bester (QLD)
Sixth – Mac Mclean (ACT)
Seventh – Warren Holt (WA)
Eighth – Mark Malogorski 

Womens’ Singles

Gold – Kylie Whitehead (VIC)
Silver – Lauren Banks (TAS)
Bronze – Lee Benson (NSW)
Fourth – Sandy Wallace (SA)
Fifth – Anette Tye (ACT)
Sixth – Shenayde Heldt (NT)
Seventh – Bev Scott (WA)

Click here to view all results

October 12, 2018 / by / in
Locals continue to dominate Aus Champ of Champs

The local hopes continue to dominate the 2018 Australian Champion of Champions, with defending champion Lee Schraner and 17-year-old Lauren Banks among those to remain undefeated heading into the final day of the round-robin event.

They were joined by Victorian Kylie Whitehead, who has also progressed through to Friday’s final two matches without a loss.

In the Mens’ field, Schraner leads all-comers on top of the standings, with Barrie Lester trailing not far behind in second, having lost his Round 5 match by a single shot to sit a win behind the Tasmanian. 

The two meet in the final session of play on Friday and with Lester’s superior shot difference (+27), the gold-medal opportunity is still very much wide open.

Whitehead sits at the top of the Womens’ field, on equal wins with Banks but with a +17 superior shot difference. The two will also meet in the final session of play on Friday.

Bowls Australia (BA) will again be delivering Rinkside Live streaming to your devices on the final day of play, with our featured match plus crosses to a secondary rink per session.

Be sure to LIKE the Bowls Australia Facebook page to be notified when we are LIVE!

See below for a snapshot of the results from Day 2:

Round 4 –

Mens’ Singles (MS)

VIC def. NT – 21-5
ACT def. WA – 21-10
QLD def. SA – 21-9
TAS def. NSW – 21-20

Womens’ Singles

VIC def. NT – 21-12
WA def. ACT – 21-16
TAS def. NSW – 21-9
Bye – SA

Round 5 –

MS

NSW def. SA – 21-18
ACT def. NT – 21-7
WA def. VIC – 21-20
TAS def. QLD – 21-18

WS

ACT def. NT – 21-20
VIC def. WA – 21-3
SA def. NSW – 21-16
Bye – TAS

Click here to view the Mens’ Singles standings
Click here to view the Womens’ Singles standings

Competitors:

Mens’ Singles: Mac Mclean (ACT), David Ferguson (NSW), Mark Malogorski (NT), Ryan Bester (QLD), Wayne Ruediger (SA), Lee Schraner (TAS), Barrie Lester (VIC), Warren Holt (WA).

Womens’ Singles: Anette Tye (ACT), Lee Benson (NSW), Shenayde Heldt (NT), Sandy Wallace (SA), Lauren Banks (TAS), Bev Scott (WA), No competitor (QLD – Lynsey Clarke*)

October 11, 2018 / by / in
Flawless start to Aus Champ of Champs from foursome

Local rising star Lauren Banks, Victorian duo Barrie Lester and Kylie Whitehead, and defending champion Lee Schraner have all produced flawless starts to the 2018 Australian Champion of Champions at Kingborough Bowls Club, Hobart. 

The foursome were the only players of the 15-strong field to have won three from three matches, with the exception of Whitehead having a bye and winning two of two matches.

In what was a typically chilly Tasmanian day, players took time to adjust to the conditions which had a profound impact on the playing surface. 

Players will contest two further matches tomorrow, before two further matches on Friday which will be pivotal in deciding the respective winners.

Bowls Australia (BA) will again be delivering Rinkside Live streaming to your devices, with our featured match plus crosses to a secondary rink per session.

Be sure to LIKE the Bowls Australia Facebook page to be notified when we are LIVE!

See below for a snapshot of the results from Day 1:

Round 1 –

Mens’ Singles (MS)

VIC def. ACT – 21-9
NSW def. QLD – 21-18
TAS def. SA – 21-19
NT def. WA – 21-10

Womens’ Singles

NT def. WA – 21-2
VIC def. ACT – 21-5
TAS def. SA – 21-10
Bye – NSW

Round 2 –

MS

VIC def. QLD – 21-11
SA def. NT – 21-11
NSW def. ACT – 21-18
TAS def. WA – 21-15

WS

TAS def. WA – 21-17
NSW def. ACT – 21-16
SA def. NT – 21-7
Bye – VIC

Round 3 – 

MS

QLD def. ACT – 21-20
VIC def. NSW – 21-5
TAS def. NT – 21-7
SA def. WA – 21-9

WS

SA def. WA – 21-4
TAS def. NT – 21-17
VIC def. NSW – 21-18
Bye – ACT

Click here to view the Mens’ Singles standings
Click here to view the Womens’ Singles standings

Competitors:

Mens’ Singles: Mac Mclean (ACT), David Ferguson (NSW), Mark Malogorski (NT), Ryan Bester (QLD), Wayne Ruediger (SA), Lee Schraner (TAS), Barrie Lester (VIC), Warren Holt (WA).

Womens’ Singles: Anette Tye (ACT), Lee Benson (NSW), Shenayde Heldt (NT), Sandy Wallace (SA), Lauren Banks (TAS), Bev Scott (WA), No competitor (QLD – Lynsey Clarke*)

Image – Lauren Banks (TAS) in action against Bev Scott (WA)

October 10, 2018 / by / in