Tournament rocked before even one ball bowled

COOLY Rocks On starts next Friday, signalling the start of winter "Rock & Bowl" major tournaments on the Tweed Gold Coast.

But the first tournament, the $10,000 Ladies Black Douglas Singles, has been rocked before a bowl has been bowled with the shock withdrawal of three-time winner and defending champion Karen Murphy from this prestigious event at South Tweed Sports.

The qualifying rounds of the NSW PBA start on Wednesday, which clashes with the Black Douglas, and Murphy has opted to fulfil a commitment to play in the World Indoor Singles event and also in the World Indoor Pairs with Ben Twist.

And now this prestige ladies tournament is without Australia's top lady bowler.

The Ladies Black Douglas Singles is a long-running tournament on the bowls calendar and is regarded as the best singles event for ladies in Australia.

For the PBA dates to clash is another example of how our top sportspeople need to keep an up-to-date diary of events.

Murphy entered the Black Douglas Prestige Singles back in February but miscalculated the clash of dates for the NSW PBA qualifying at Warilla on the same week.

Nevertheless, the tournament rocks off on Monday with 64 of Australia's top bowlers, bar one, with three days of sectional play followed by semi-finals and finals on Thursday at South Tweed Sports Club.

Only this week the Sports Club released the entry forms for the 2013 South Tweed $8000 Open Pairs from August 26-28, which gives two-months notice for players (and clubs) to check their diaries to avoid another clash of dates and double bookings.

Earlier this week, the Gold Coast Tweed Ladies Bowling Association announced the dates for the Champion of Champion Pairs (June 18-19), Singles (June 25-26) and Fours (June 27-28), and, of course, the date for the singles clashes with the Tweed Heads Ladies Open Singles (June 24-26).

This means all the Gold Coast/Tweed ladies club singles champions are deprived of playing for the $1000 first prize in the Tweed Open Singles because of this clash of dates on the bowls calendar.

The Tweed Heads Club Singles champion, young Lauren Wilson, is now deprived of playing at her home club in this prestige ladies singles.

The Men's Queensland State Triples Final on Tuesday produced one of the best finals for a long time, with the former Tweed skipper Wayne Masters and teammates Neil Peach and Brett Merkel winning against Brett Wilkie's team by just one shot on the bell.

Behind by three shots on the last end, Masters took out Wilkie's second shot on a tight head with a well-weighted bowl to pick up four shots on his last bowl.

A great win overall and a narrow miss for a second state title to Wilkie.



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