Bowls tournament warms up
FIRST weekend of June and the weather has changed, the visitors from down south are arriving and with $300,000 in prize money on offer, the spotlight is on the Mecca of Bowls - the Tweed and Gold Coasts.
The three months of winter signals the start of the tournament season but also the inevitable clash of dates.
The popular $12,000 Burleigh Heads two day Fours event starts today along with the Musgrave Hill $6000 Pairs, also over two days – Saturday and Sunday – along with the four day $15,300 Tweed Premier Singles on Sunday through to Wednesday, June 8.
The visiting bowlers have plenty to choose from - whether playing or watching – especially at Broadbeach Bowls Club where Australia will play Scotland in an International friendly test series from Sunday to Tuesday.
The Bowls Australia squad members (10 men and 10 ladies) will play a 10-a-side challenge Test series in singles, pairs, triples and fours against Scottish world champions Alex Marshall, Paul Foster, Darren Burnett and Kevin Anderson etc.
The two-day $12,000 Blue Diamond Invitation Pairs continues at Broadbeach on Wednesday and Thursday, with a world class field of Australian, New Zealand and Scottish players.
Mermaid Beach has a mixed medley on Thursday/Friday and Kingscliff Bowls Club is also staging its $2400 Men’s Open Pairs on Friday, June 10.
Of course, all events this coming week are leading up the $250,000 Australian Open which starts next Saturday, June 11, across 15 clubs on the Gold Coast.
The world’s biggest bowls festival, certainly the richest, has attracted a record number of entries in its second year of a five year stint on the Gold Coast, with hundreds of interstate bowlers joining with the locals to play in all disciplines for the next three weeks, until the finals day on Friday, June 24.
Visitors can still keep playing on in the last weekend of June 25/26 in the $6000 two-day Coolangatta Bonanza Triples, as well as in the half-day Paradise Point Winners versus Losers format along with major tournaments at McKenzie Park and Mudgeeraba Bowls Club.
With only 22 months to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and World Bowls in 2020, we can expect to see many more international teams playing on the greens in the months ahead.
The Queensland ladies played off in qualifying for the Australian Indoor Championship last Saturday at Tweed Heads and Paradise Point.
Melissa Larcombe and Emma Brown (Broadbeach) won their sections and qualified and Lynsey Clarke (Helensvale) defeated Dee An Robertson (Broadbeach) 10/4 and 10/8 to secure the third qualifying spot.
The three lady qualifiers from Paradise Point are Kristy Thatcher (Tweed Heads), Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach) and Cassandra Millerick.
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