THE Gold Coast bowling fraternity is gearing up to welcome the annual invasion of bowlers from the southern states and New Zealand at this time of the year.
Although the weather down south has not turned icy cold yet, it will eventually, and then the exodus will begin, with bowlers travelling up the east coast in search of warm sunshine and good bowling tournaments on perfect Gold Coast greens.
Gold Coast clubs have a vast array of local and major tournaments ready and waiting for entries from the travellers.
The Gold Coast Tweed District has provided a calendar of events for the whole of 2005 and the booklet is available to locals as well as visitors.
The Helensvale $3000 Pairs starts on May 1, followed by the Kingscliff Prestige Triples on May 2, with the Tweed Heads Classic Pairs on May 9.
Cabarita Bowing Club has a five-day carnival from May 16 with mixed pairs on Tuesday, men's pairs on Wednesday and men's triples on Thursday.
Visitors can play in June to their heart's content, with Surfers Paradise Sports Club conducting mixed events from June 11 to the 26. Burleigh Heads' $10,000 classic fours is always popular with the visitors, as is the Coolangatta Bo- nanza Triples on June 24.
THE major singles tournament during the winter season is the Tweed Open Mixed Singles, with entries limited to 256.
The four-day event starts on Friday, July 1, with the final on Monday, July 4. Last year Steve Glasson won the tournament from Shane Globits in front of hundreds of spectators.
Then, of course, the Winter Carnival kicks off on July 7 with a major change to the men's fours on Monday July 11 with play over two days in sections of six teams.
The carnival concludes on Saturday, July 23 with the finals of the singles.
A wide range of tournament details throughout the winter season are now online on thbc.com.au.web site. All clubs are invited to enter their tournament details and have online exposure to thousands of bowlers across the nation.
THE Gold Coast Tweed District Pairs knockout rounds continued on Sunday with the field reduced to only five teams.
Skip Alan Law had a close encounter with megastar bowler Brian Baldwin and won 17/15 to advance to the semi-final next Sunday against evergreen pair Kevin Koorey and Ray Glasser.
In the top half of the draw, Charles Burnes from Musgrave Hill will play Tugun's Wayne Sullivan on Sunday for the right to play Charles Neave in a semifinal.
The draw has been held up due to South Tweed duo Neave and Del O'Neill representing the Gold Coast in the State Mixed Pairs play-off this weekend.
The draw for the Gold Coast winners is not easy, with the first game against Adrienne Dan and Jack Horne from Kandanga and in the same section is Marilyn Peddell and Ken Luck from Bribie Island.
THE Harbord Hawks upset St Johns Park Saints who were playing for their third consecutive Premier League flag on Sunday.
The scoreline was close all through the match with Harbord leading by 14 shots after six ends and the Saints could get no closer than the final score of 65/54 and lost on all three rinks.
Steve Ashdown defeated Steve Anderson 21/17; Steve Vanderveer downed Brett Duprez 20/18; Michael Turner overcame Steve Glasson 24/19.
Harbord, the minor premiers, only just scraped past The Hills by one shot 55/54 in the major semi-final with two rinks winning by one shot and one rink losing by one shot. The final series will be replayed on NBN on Saturday week starting at 10am - don't miss all the action of real pennant bowls on TV for the next three weeks.
THE bowls focus turns to Moama this weekend when 80 of Australia's top male and female bowlers compete in the Super League.
Five men and five ladies from each state and territory will play in sections of four. Queensland won both the men's and ladies' titles last year and should go close again even without star Kelvin Kerkow.
NSW champion Steve Glasson meets Shane Globits in a titanic tussle with the score one-all in man-to-man singles ? Glasson winning the Tweed Open and Globits turning the tables to take the prestigious Golden Nugget.
The sectional draw is uneven this year with NSW, Qld and Vic in the same section and the likelihood of the winner of this section winning the final.
The Super Singles follows on from the Super League next Wednesday and maybe Glasson will meet Globits again depending where the finish in order in Su- per League.
PREMIER League Queensland finals at the weekend produced the usual close finishes and exciting bowls to watch.
Premier League fours format is definitely not out of fashion according to the many spectators watching as the final series finished on Sunday.
Minor Premiers Wynnum Manly came back from losing 51/64 to Helensvale on Saturday to win the preliminary final against Ipswich 75/50 to challenge Helensvale in the grand final.
Wynnum Manly won the replay by just one shot in a most entertaining match. Jeff Dolan and Brett Wilkie played a 19 all draw, Marc Parrella won 24/20 over Peter Fitch and Mark Casey lost to Michael Turner 16/21.
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