T.B.D.A Women bowlers provided a highlight for 2016 when they won a fourth consecutive Inter District Shield.
T.B.D.A Women bowlers provided a highlight for 2016 when they won a fourth consecutive Inter District Shield. Judith Tuckey

Changes for better or worse

AROUND this time of year, we usually find time to reflect on the good and sad in the past 12 months and the changes that have taken place for better or worse - in the world of bowls that is.

Club, games directors and bowls co-ordinators have been busy working on the 2017 calendar of events and this week the Gold Coast Tweed Men's District published the calendar for the next 12 months.

Reflecting back on this past year, there were cancellations of major events, including the Coolangatta Bonanza, Winter Carnival and District Singles, and many tournaments struggled to fill the greens, which has been a major concern.

Looking back 20 years and the bowls calendar on the Gold Coast Tweed has changed more than the climate.

May to August was always overcrowded with major events and pennant always started on the first week of August, with the finals weekend in October.

However, times have changed and undoubtedly the Australian Open in the month of June is the biggest attraction for visitors from all states.

The 2017 calendar has pennant starting on Saturday, July 8, with eight rounds followed by finals in August.

Division one state pennant finals, along with divisions two and five, have been moved to the first weekend in November, two months after pennant finals at the end of August.

The time-honoured event on the Tweed Coast, the Golden Nugget Invitation singles, has moved to now run from July 31 to August 3, and the Australian Indoor Championships is now from August 28-31.

In the past, many southern visitors watched the Golden Nugget and Australian Indoor, usually only two weeks apart, before returning home for the opening of their pennant season. However, with a month between these two major events you can expect visitor numbers to be down next year.

Major events in the month of June include the $12,000 Burleigh Heads Classic Carnival from June 2-4 and the Musgrave Hill two-day $5000 Pairs on the same weekend.

Broadbeach, the host club of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, will host a 12-nations event from June 4-9, including the Blue Diamond Pairs on June 8-9.

The Australian Open commences on June 10 and finishes June 23, with the Coolangatta Bonanza from June 23-24.

The Tweed Premier Open Singles has returned to its original timeslot and will run from June 25-28.

June is bursting with tournaments before and after the 15 days of the Australian Open.

The first three months of the year is for Premier League and Super Challenge district sides and State Championships in May.

As far as major tournaments go, the Coolangatta Bonanza Triples and Tweed Singles are back in the right timeslot for 2017.

Visit lawnbowlsnews.com to view the calendar.

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