Weston Creek Labour Club raise record donation for Ricky Stuart Foundation

A recent autism wellbeing charity bowls day staged by the Weston Creek Labor Club has yielded a major windfall for the Ricky Stuart Foundation.
With 42 teams of four players participating, the event delivered a cheque of more than $36,000 to the Foundation, whose fundraising activities have so far contributed to two state-of-the-art autism respite centres being built in Canberra.

Last year, the club’s inaugural bowls day event tipped more than $34,000 into the Foundation’s coffers.
Ricky Stuart, chairman of the Foundation, whose daughter Emma suffers from autism, described Weston Creek Labor Club’s support as “an amazing initiative by a club renowned for its strong community commitment.”
“It was a pleasure to take part myself and to mix with so many wonderful people who dug deep to support our Foundation,” the Canberra Raiders head coach said. 
Ian Whybrow, the club’s bowls and events coordinator, said Weston Creek Labor Club was delighted to support a charity-based Foundation with a continuing success rate of building facilities to ease the burden on those affected by autism and their families.
“This year’s result is a clear indicator that the community is prepared to jump aboard to support projects that improve people’s lives,” he said. 
“A big thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who contributed to making it another successful day at Weston Creek Labor Club.”

May 24, 2018 / by / in
Without Bias – 23/5: Ryan Bester & Andrew Howie [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 Canadian star and Broadbeach Bowls Club Coordinator Ryan Bester, who discusses his busy period on the green as a competitor and also the several events coming up at Broadbeach, including the 2018 Australian Open. 

Also on the show is South-East Queens Regional Bowls Manager Andrew Howie, who chats BPL Cup and in particular, the proactive work by clubs like Manly who have live-streamed their events. 

Listen to the show here

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. 

May 23, 2018 / by / in
Talking about palliative care with Carla Krizanic [WATCH]

This National Palliative Care Week (20–26 May), dual 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist Carla Krizanic joins other prominent Australians, including comedian Jean Kittson, chef Kylie Kwong, former rugby union player Mark Ella, and Intensive Care Specialist Professor Ken Hillman, to encourage all Australians to talk about their end-of-life care. 

Each has recorded an intimate video, sharing their honest and candid thoughts on the importance of having a conversation about death and palliative care with their loved ones. 

More information can be found at

In her day job as a Geriatric Nurse, Carla knows all too well that talking about end-of-life care can be a hard conversation to have, but it’s important to talk about what matters to you.

“It’s important that plans have been put into place beforehand, so that no-one is guessing, and everyone’s empowered with the information,” she said.

For Carla, there are three things that top her list when it comes to how she’d like her end-of-life care.

 – I’d be distressed if my husband wasn’t able to be in there with me. I’d need someone with me holding my hand.

 – I love sitting in the sun, so even if I can’t walk anymore, I want someone to roll the bed out so that I can lay in the sun and enjoy those nice rays

 – Thirdly, I just want to be comfortable.

National Palliative Care Week runs from 20–26 May 2018 and is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health. It aims to raise awareness and understanding about palliative care in the Australian community.

May 22, 2018 / by / in
Vale: Jenny Harragon

Bowls Australia (BA) is saddened to learn of the passing of former Australian representative bowler and national selector Jenny Harragon, aged 65.

Australia’s 58th capped female international, Harragon made her Australian debut in 1998.

She completed in seven international events from 1998 to 2005, with highlights being a Commonwealth Games (2002) and World Bowls Championships (2004). 

Harragon skipped the Australian women’s fours team at the 2002 Games in Manchester and achieved her best result on the international stage at the 2004 World Championships, where she won silver in the women’s triples. 

Also a prolific performer at the national level, she helped Queensland secure the National Round Robin trophy in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005.

She retired from competing in 2005 to take up a role as an Australian selector from 2006 to 2013.

Bowls Australia extends its sympathies and thoughts to the Harragon family.

Vale, Jenny Harragon. 
30/12/1952 – 20/5/2018

May 21, 2018 / by / in
Get to know your 2018 Australian Open venues

The 2018 Australian Open is fast approaching and with sectional draws now released, what better time than now to familiarise yourselves with the 13 venues you could be playing at. 

With over 4,500 matches played each year at the AO, the 13 supportive host clubs within the Gold Coast region are crucial in delivering the ‘World’s Biggest Bowls Festival’.

Broadbeach Bowls Club

Broadbeach Bowls and Community Club is located in the heart of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, just 50 metres from the beautiful white sandy beach.

As the only four green club on the Gold Coast, Broadbeach has enjoyed a busy period as the host venue for the recent 2018 Commonwealth Games and will again host more international bowls with the World Championships in 2020.

With a thriving social bowls program, world-class greens, fantastic location and friendly staff, the Broadbeach Bowls & Community Club promises to again be a fantastic host for the event.

Key Facts:

Address: 169 Surf Parade, Broadbeach, QLD 4217
Greens: 4 grass
Facebook: Broadbeach Bowls Club
Other: Free WiFi, pokies, bar, restaurant

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club

Located a stones’ throw away from the picturesque Burleigh Heads beach, the Burleigh Heads Bowls Club is not only one of the most idyllic bowls locations on the Gold Coast, but throughout Australia. 

Given the fantastic location, the club runs one of the most successful and popular social bowls programs in the area on its two grass greens and one synthetic four rink green.

The club also runs a thriving entertainment schedule, social events, a fully licensed bar and gaming area and is a great spot to enjoy the Gold Coast lifestyle.

Key Facts:

Address: Connor Street, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Greens: 2 grass, 1 synthetic (4 rinks)
Facebook: Burleigh Heads Bowls Club
Other: Free WiFi, gaming, bar, regular entertainment

Club Helensvale

Club Helensvale has long been a heavyweight club on the Gold Coast, and indeed throughout Australia. 

Currently boasting a number of Australian Jackaroos, Helensvale talent pathway has proved successful over many years. 

With its magnificent facilities, the club has been a host to many state, national and international events, including the World Champion of Champions Singles in 2015 and 2016, and will be a host club for the World Championships in 2020 alongside Musgrave Hill and Broadbeach.

The club runs three immaculate greens, with two being floodlight. The club doubles as one of the Gold Coast’s premiere entertainment precincts, with the Blu Bistro restaurant operating daily and the smaller Cafe 22 operating on site for breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as a large gaming precinct.

Key Details:

Address: 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale QLD 4212
Greens: 3 grass (2 lit)
Facebook: Club Helensvale
Other: Free WiFi, fully licensed bar, pokies, limited parking, courtesy bus

Club Robina

Nestled in the suburbs out of the hustle and bustle of the main Gold Coast strip, Club Robina is a short drive from the lovely Burleigh Heads beaches and a fifteen-minute drive from Broadbeach. 

With it’s three greens widely rated as some of the best on the Gold Coast and it’s distinctive Robina hedge, the club also serves as a major event venue within the area and prides itself on being the ‘friendly community club’. 

Key Details:

Address: 263 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina QLD 4226
Greens: 3 grass (1 lit)
Facebook: Club Robina
Other: Fully licensed bar, gaming, limited parking; WiFi available

Coolangatta Bowls Club

The club is located in the heart of Coolangatta, off the lovely Goodwin Park, running three pristine greens, an on-site Chinese restaurant (Feng Shui), bar, Keno, and pokies within its spacious clubhouse.

Given its location and it’s status as one of the Gold Coast’s larger clubs, many high-class bowlers have passed through the club throughout its history.

Iconic names and former Australian representatives such as Kelvin Kerkow, the great Rob Parrella, Ian Schuback and Helen Bosisto have represented Coolangatta at stages in their careers.

Key Details:

Address: Scott Street, Coolangatta QLD 4225
Greens: 3 grass
Other: bar, Chinese restaurant, gaming

Gold Coast Bowls & Community Club

Located within the picturesque Broadbeach Waters, a small distance from the main beach at Broadbeach, this small but friendly club features multiple grass greens commonly rated as some of the best on the coast.

Having hosted a large number of matches during previous Australian Opens, the club will again be a fixture throughout the 2018 event.

The club features fully licensed bar facilities and other amenities, including a large car park. 

Key Details:

Address: 14 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters QLD 4218
Greens: 3 grass
Facebook: Gold Coast Bowls and Community Club
Other: bar, bistro, ample parking

McKenzie Park Nerang Bowls Club

Located within McKenzie Park in leafy Nerang, the club has a strong history of junior development with many of Queensland’s finest recent products being associated with the club.

McKenzie Park Nerang has two greens, one grass, and one synthetic as well as a fully licensed bar, pokies and bistro area running seven days a week. The club also runs a courtesy bus for its patrons.

Key Details:

Address: Cayunga Street, Nerang, QLD 4211
Greens: 1 grass, 1 synthetic
Facebook: Nerang Bowls and Community Club
Other: Fully licensed bar & bistro (running 7 days a week), pokies, courtesy bus

Mermaid Beach Bowls Club

Mermaid Beach Bowls Club is a thriving, three green club within a short drive or medium length walk from the Broadbeach area and a stones’ throw from the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

Dubbed as one of ‘the best-kept secrets’ on the Gold Coast, the club runs a variety of bowls events, including barefoot and social activities throughout the year.

Address: 9 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218
Greens: 3 grass
Facebook: Mermaid Beach Bowls Club
Other: Gaming, bar facilities, dedicated car park, social events

Mudgereeba Bowls Club

Dubbed the ‘little club with a huge welcome mat’, the Mudgeeraba Bowls Club prides itself on welcoming new members and visitors through its doors.

The current clubhouse actually began its life as a demountable house and has been built up over the years to the current structure.

The club is located around 25 minutes inland from the Broadbeach area and runs two greens all year round.

The club is heavily involved in partnerships with other sporting and community organisations in the area and is located within a busy local sporting precinct.

Key Details:

Address: 1 Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba QLD 4213 (within Firth Park)
Greens: 2 grass
Facebook: Mudgeeraba Bowls Club
Other: Gaming, bar facilities, ample parking, social events

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club

Located just north of the Southport and Labrador areas, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club is one of the larger clubs on the Gold Coast and boasts world-class greens and a fantastic club facility.

The club has a history of hosting tournaments and events at local, state and national levels, and has been chosen as one of the host clubs for the World Championships in 2020, along with Broadbeach and Helensvale.

Key Details:

Address: Corner Kumbari and Markeri Avenues, Southport QLD 4215
Greens: 3 grass
Facebook: Musgrave Hill Bowls Club
Other: Gaming, entertainment, bar, dedicated parking, courtesy bus

Paradise Point Bowls Club

As one of the northernmost host clubs, Paradise Point Bowls Club is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and members, with two grass greens and their spectacular showpiece undercover green.

Paradise Point is a thriving club, with a regular entertainment scheduled to complement its fantastic bar, dining and gaming facilities.

Members and visitors alike are invited to take part in the clubs expansive bowls calendar, which offers something for everyone including social and barefoot bowls.

Key Details:

Address: 22 Thrush Avenue, Paradise Point QLD 4216
Greens: 2 grass, 1 synthetic (covered)
Facebook: Paradise Point Bowls Club
Other: Bar, entertainment, dining, gaming, courtesy bus, ample off and on-street parking

Southport Bowls Club

Located in the heart of the Southport area and surrounded by high rises, Southport Bowls Club was established in 1914 and is the oldest bowls club on the Gold Coast. 

Southport is the home to one of the most successful Jack Attack programs in Australia and hosts many social and barefoot bowls events outside of Jack Attack.

Key Details:

Address: 2 Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215
Greens: 3 grass
Facebook: Southport Bowls Club
Other: Bistro, bar, ample off-street parking, Jack Attack

Tugun Bowls and Community Club

Located at the southern end of the Gold Coast on the outskirts of Gold Coast Airport, the Tugun Bowls and Community Club is a large club with approximately 350 members across it’s three fantastic greens.

The club is also located just under the northern approach to Gold Coast Airport, and bowlers will enjoy one of the most unique sights in the sport with jets passing overhead if the wind is right.

Key Details:

Address: Kaleena Street, Tugun QLD 4224
Greens: 3 grass (2 with lights)
Facebook: Tugun Bowls Club
Other: Bar, restaurant, gaming, ample off and on-street parking, courtesy bus (Friday – Sunday), WiFi available

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