2016 Musgrave Hill  Easter Open Singles winner Kurt Brown and runner-up Dale McWhinney-Shillington.
2016 Musgrave Hill Easter Open Singles winner Kurt Brown and runner-up Dale McWhinney-Shillington. Contributed

Countdown to Games: $5m to create world-class venue at Broadbeach

THE countdown has begun to the greatest show in the sport of lawn bowls and it’s all happening on the Gold Coast in just 24 months.

April 4, 2018 is the date for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games and Broadbeach Bowls Club is the host venue.

The first stage of the $5 million plus upgrade of the host club was completed last week and local club members were ecstatic to see their club transformed into a world-class venue.

The World Junior Championships commence at Broadbeach next Saturday, April 9, with juniors from 15 countries playing in the championships.

The world’s biggest festival of bowls, the Australian Open to be held in June, is also hosted by Broadbeach along with 15 other clubs in the district.

The Blue Diamond Pairs preceding the Australian Open on June 8 and 9 includes 10 teams from Scotland plus Australian squad members and a host of past and present elite players from across the nation.

These major events and the current influx of international bowlers will no doubt attract the best bowlers in the world over the next 24 months preceding the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Let the countdown begin.

The four-day Easter break was packed with tournaments and bowlers made the most of the holiday break.

South Tweed Bowls’ Good Friday Open Pairs was won by Bob Hinze and Scott De Jongh from John Bain and Ray Hickman with Bernie Lamberton and Derek Hopps in third place.

A full house at McKenzie Park for the Easter Two Day Open Pairs with Jade Groenewege and Sean taking home the spoils in Division A.

A top-class field filled the Country Classic Pairs at South Lismore on Friday and Saturday with locals Kit Conlan and Glen Pitts winning from Brendan Hoey and Steve Halmai. In third was Sean Ingham and Ryan Bester while Terry Knudson and Like Jones came in fourth. A total of 128 bowlers played over three days in the annual $10,000 Musgrave Hill Easter Open Singles, with 64 players playing four knockout rounds on Saturday, leaving four players in the draw, with the same on Sunday, leaving only eight bowlers for the final rounds on Monday.

Quarter Finals: Gary Pearson (Burleigh Heads) def Dean McWhinney (Musgrave Hill) 21/7, Dale McWhinney - Shillington (Musgrave Hill) def Ian Law (Burleigh Heads) 21/20, Phil Brandon (Broadbeach) def Paul Watson (Tweed Heads) 21/16. Kurt Brown (Kawana) def Ryan Bester (Broadbeach) 21/16. Semi-Finals: D McWhinney -Shillington def G Pearson 21/18, K Brown def P Brandon 21/13. Final: K Brown def D McWhinney-Shillington 21/12. Gail Waitai (Broadbeach) won “Best Performed Ladies”, being the only lady of 18 to make the third knockout round.

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Bowls results

Tweed Heads Men and Ladies

CARNIVALS: Tweed Heads Ladies will hold a two bowl Triples carnival on Monday, May 2 with prize money of $1200. Open draw, three games (15 ends), with entry fee $20 per player. Includes green fees, morning tea, buffet lunch and after-game nibbles. Entries close Tuesday, April 26. Contact: ladiesclub@thbc.com.au, games director: 07 5523 2286 or 0402 185 925. Tweed Heads’ Men will conduct a Classic Pairs Carnival on Monday, May 23 with prize money of $2000. Open draw, three games (14 ends), entry fee $25 per player, includes mat fee, morning tea, lunch and after-game nibbles. Entries close with games director on Thursday, May 19. Contact: mensclub@thbc.com.au or paul.girdler@thbc.com.au, phone: 07 5506 8157. Championships: Men’s Open Pairs Round Two: Gary Hewitt, Allan Nimmo d. Chris Charter, Barry Forbes 22/13, John Parker-Smith, Col Hawkins d. Russell Hindle, John Griffiths 21/16, Jason Neville, Dennis Agnew d. Phil Potter, Steve Ross 21/10, Roy Nuttall, Nev Batey d. Eddy Vuik (sub Sam Ramsay) 20/15, Wayne Heydt, Ron Gurr d. Ray Arrowsmith, Mario Matteucci 27/10. Men’s Indoor Singles: Semi-final: Paul Girdler d. Max Jaffray 25/4. Men’s Indoor Pairs:Round 1: Greg Ash (sub David Dodge), Max Jaffray d. Peter Benson, John Rayward 18/14. Round Two: Paul Rafton, John Millington d. Bill Penney, Russell Frewin 21/15, George Mynott, Mario Matteucci d. Rod Booth, Mark Randall 24/18, Simon Spencer, Mark Dunn d. Simon Bailey, Brendan Wilson 19/18, Greg Ash (sub David Dodge), Max Jaffray d. John Boylan, Peter Goldsmith 33/15, Peter Benson, John Rayward d. Richard Mills, Greg Nolan 28/8, Allan Nimmo, Craig Larcombe d. Ron Gurr, Leigh Tynan 24/11, John Balzarolo, Paul Girdler d. Ray Arrowsmith, Latif Karim 18/13. Mid Week Pennants Final Round: Tweed Heads Green against Robina won 58/55. Tweed Heads Red against Broadbeach lost 26/99. Social, Tuesday, March 22: Green One: Graham Lahiff, Ted Hughes, Les Morrison, Ken Scott, runner-up: Helen Webb, Michael Johns, Rick Tadday, Jack Blagbrough. Indoor Green: Pauline Houghton, Sylvia Jackson, Dorothy Stewart, Jan Daniels, runner-up: Marjorie White, Shirley Taylor, Lesley Harriss, Anka Vermeulen. Wednesday, March 23: Men’s/Mixed Pairs: Lowest margin: Green One:Joan Lyon, Ken Calvert + 1, Mike Goddard, Les Wurth, Norm Hoffmann + 11. Green Two: Paul Wickenden, Chris Smart + 2, runner-up: Al Bennett, Ron Keefer + 4. Green Three: Sam Yurun, Michael Nedjati + 10, runner-up: Jim Brydson, Barry Luilton + 12. Indoor Green: Frank Birkin, Andrew Wilson + 3, runner-up: George Mynott, John Feast + 8. Saturday, March 26, Jackpot Saturday: Green One: Grahame Nobbs, Lesley Harriss, runner-up: Sally and Leigh Tynan. Indoor Green: Doreen and George Kendall, Ruth and Max Reiter, runner-up: Frank Birkin, Dennis Agnew. Jackpot Winners: Bill Penney, Russell Luland. Sunday, March 27: Green One: Joan and Bill Dangerfield, runner-up: Merv and Doreen Pappas, Shirley and Ian Whitehall.

Kingscliff Men

2016 B Grade Pairs championships: Finals on Thursday, March 31 at 9am, M Scott and K Taylor v R Phipps and J Brimsmead. Social Bowls Results: Tuesday, March 22 Open Pairs sponsored by Kingscliff Meat Gallery: Winners: I Smith and K Liddington 21+20, runners-up: L Spencer and M Howarde 19+18. Plate winners: R Reaburn and G Steinhardt 23+17. Thursday, March 24 Three Bowl Triples Winners: J Mirls and W Davies; K Payne, C Scott and R Byran. Plate Winners: K Banks, Snowy and T Hills. Saturday, March 26 LJ Hooker and The Good Guys $720 handicap pairs: Winners M King and T Hills, second: T Cusack and J Reardon, third: H Devries and N Peacock, fourth: N Dunstone and B Reaburn, fifth: T Eadie and R Spence, sixth: D Doyle and K Liddington. Round One winner: P Craven and G Searle, Round Two winner: R Dark and W Blackwood, mystery prizes: P Gentle and P Perkiss and C Grose and P Crompton. Final Pennant training is on Friday, April 1 from 3pm. Check board for details. Pennants on Saturday, April 2 Division One at Pottsville, Division Two at Kingscliff v Byron Bay, Division Three at Kingscliff v Ocean Shores, Division Four at Cabarita, Division Six at Brunswick Heads, Division Seven at Bangalow. Check with skips for transport.

Tweed Byron Women

Unconfirmed pennant results to end of Round Eight are: Grade Two – Kingscliff Blue 26, Kingscliff Orange 11.5, Cabarita 12, Cudgen Leagues 12.5, Pottsville 13. Grade Three – Kingscliff 19, Brunswick Heads 16, Ocean Shores 15, Condong 8, Pottsville 7. Grade Four – Cabarita Blue 3, Cabarita Yellow 11, Kingscliff 22, Byron Bay 26, Cudgen Leagues 16. Washed out and incomplete games yet to be played: Grade Two, Round Three: Pottsville Vs. Cudgen Leagues. Grade Three, Round One: Kingscliff Vs. Condong, Round Five: Ocean Shores Vs. Pottsville. District Novice Singles Championship is scheduled to commence at Ocean Shores Bowling Club, Wednesday, April 6. Please check your club notice board for details of the draw.

Club Banora Ladies

Results of Social Bowls played on Tuesday, March 29. Winners: M.McDonell, B. Coleman, Joy Johnson. Runners-up: R. Boylan, H. Brash, M. Tate. Championship Triples winners: R. Roylan, C. Cooke, Y. McKee d. M. Plant, L. Andrew, J. Schreuder. Winners: D. Howell, L. Lamont, H. Bowman. D V. McDonald, G. Thompson, L. Plant. Practice for Consistency will be held at the Club on Saturday, April 2. Games called for play on Tuesday, April 5. Championship Triples: Skip Heather Bowman, second Lana Lamont, Lead Dorothy Howell v Skip Yvonne McKee, second Colleen Cooke, Lead Robyn Ralston.


Wednesday twilight scroungers winner: Jim Jerred. Friday AM pairs winners: Pat Wagner and Thyra Tomlinson. Saturday Easter pairs winners were Peter Kerr and Rick Turner, runners-up Joan Helf and Maria Annesbury.

Open Pairs Championships: Sue Blows and Jan Yule defeated Lyn Phillips and Marilyn Hastie. Dee Jones and Geraldine Carey WOF. Wednesday winners: Evelyn Elvie, Maxine Farquhar, and Joan Taylor. Runners-up: Pam Bews, Raine Freeman and Nancy Baker. Dee Jones and Julie Coppin won raffle prizes. A fundraising day will be held for the family of our late secretary manager Steve McEwen on Sunday, April 10. Bowls from 10am, with a BBQ lunch, all visitors welcome. Steve was very highly thought of and our deepest sympathy is extended to his family.