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From the Editor Well, it’s finally arrived! The Australian Open promises to be a fantastic event. I hope that bowlers and spectators have a fabulous time on the sunny Gold Coast. Why not visit the Tweed Coast Circuit while you are in the area? See page 18 to find out more about the clubs and the events in this region. We’ve got some interesting stories for you in this issue, plus some great giveaways. Read about bowling on the Sunshine Coast (P10) and get some tips on how to overcome procrastination (P12). Have a look at our new “Letters to the Editor” section (P5) and discover how to avoid that middle-aged spread (P26). Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have a Henselite bag (P5), a set of Aero Bowls (P9) and Javeenbah Theatre tickets to give away (P6). Best of luck!

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Dear Editor,

I feel like the forever the bridesmaid with my bowls. To me, I am the forever the lead and am getting very frustrated to the extent that I am thinking of giving up bowls. At my club, no matter whether the game be in pennants or social, I am always placed as lead. Pennants, I can appreciate that I will play the position that gives the best chance for the team and have no worries about that. But to constantly play lead is no better than turning up later in the day for a practice roll up by myself. No coaching is provided in the club to practice and develop other skills. Once a skip, always a skip seems to be the mantra of bowling clubs. More often than not my bowls hold shot when I have finished only to have poor tactics destroy the advantage particularly by not protecting the head. Unfortunately I am developing the smug satisfaction of seeing our team go down for lack of tactical skills. Before pennants start there are the usual trial games. The trials are merely a word because there are no trials of positional competencies. As lead, I am not tried or tested at any other position or bowling competency. Nor are any other player’s competencies tested. I am placed at lead; similarly the seconds and thirds are placed and of course the skips are appointed from the permanent skip pool. Changes are rare and seem to occur only on the basis of non availability. Regards, The Grumpy Lead



Musgrave Hill Bowls Club $10,000 Easter Open Singles results: From a full field of 128 entries, Kurt Brown (Club Kawana) defeated Dale McWhinney-Shillington (Musgrave Hill) 25-12 in the final, taking away first prize of $3,000. The “Best Performed Ladies Prize” went to Gail Waitai (Broadbeach). $5,000 Men’s Two-Day Pairs: 4th & 5th June 2016 A full field of 42 teams competed for increased prizemoney of $5,000 in 2016. BA ranking points were also available on this event this year. Results will be published in the next edition. The Friday Night Raffle now has 60 x $15 meat trays; i.e. better quality, larger trays! Plus free live entertainment from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Free Sunday Raffle: Drawn at 4pm each Sunday and consisting of 20 x $15 meat trays. Obtain a free ticket with any bar, café, keno purchase or gaming collect Bistro: Unlimited prawns now added to the Wednesday night buffet. Also available Friday nights and Sunday lunch and dinner! Bingo: 5 nights per week, all cash prizes – eyes down 7.30pm Tues, Thu, Sat & 7pm Mon & Sun; Jackpots up to $5,000. FREE Club Bingo… Thursday & Sunday nights: Free to play, cash prizes, plus bought jackpot games.

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Bulls Dominate State Championships The Broadbeach Bulls had an amazing State Championship run. The club was well represented with a large contingent supporting the event. Broadbeach won, or was part of, six of the nine Championships. Club Singles Champion Emma Brown, who teamed up with husband Kurt Brown from Kawana, defeated Kevin Anderson and Melissa Larcombe in the final of the Mixed Pairs. In the Women’s events new recruits Bolivia and Cassandra Millerick were in top form throughout the Championships. The two combined to win the Pairs and Triples. Our young gun Jesse Cottell lead for Ester Regan in the fours to claim her first open State Championship. In the Men’s Division, Ryan Bester claimed his third straight blue ribbon singles event gold medal and teamed up with Australian Rep Brett Wilkie to win his first State Pairs Title. This followed an impressive show from Broadbeach members in the District Sides Championships. Gold Coast in the Men’s came first and second and had eleven of the thirty-two players. The Ladies Gold Coast Side won as well and Broadbeach had four of the twelve.


Broadbeach to Host Scotland VS Australia Broadbeach will host the top two bowling nations from June 5th-7th. Scotland is sending twenty of their best players to compete against the top twenty in Australia. Entry is free and a jack attack style game will be televised for the SBS Bowls show. Come and see the likes of Alex Marshall, Paul Foster, Aron Sheriff & Karen Murphy.

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It’s that time of the year on the Bowling Calendar when the Southerners and Kiwis converge on the Sunshine Coast for the annual Winter Carnival. The Carnival is celebrating its 54th year, which is a huge achievement for our great sport and goes against the declining trends that have been seen in recent times. Following record entries last year the Organising Committee is continually trying new events and this year for the first time, there will be an event for juniors only. That is a great idea! The Sunshine Coast Clubs hosting the various events are some of the best in Queensland will have their greens well prepared for the carnival season. A new event introduced a couple of years ago, “The Hinterland Fours” has been an outstanding success and will continue again this year.


Following the success of the GR8’S inaugural competition, the organising committee are planning to take the competition to the regions. Founder of the Eights, Darren Colburn said he would like to see the competition expand from the 22 teams in 2016 to 36 in 2017 and has already called for expressions of interest. Next year’s competition will also feature ladies division three and division five sections. Colburn is also hopeful more sponsors will see the success of this year’s challenge and come on board to boost the prizemoney in 2017 – but he doesn’t want it to get out of hand. To express interest in next year’s challenge send an email to: gr8bowls@gmail.com.

There are eighteen clubs hosting the programme of events starting with the Buderim Prestige Men Fours on the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May the Mooloolaba Bowls Bonanza from Sunday 12 June and Club Maroochy Prelude event from Friday 17 June. With several thousand participants from all over Australia and New Zealand this is a fantastic opportunity to show case the Sunny Coast as a great place to live and play Bowls.

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DISTRICT SIDES PLAYED ON THE GOLD COAST FROM 4-7 MAY Sunny Coast Women Win Division Two. Sunshine Coast women were unlucky not to make the Women’s Division One final but they made sure of Division Two, playing off for the title against Central Queensland, Wide Bay/Gympie and Bundaberg. Sunny Coast’s Jane Bush got an amazing toucher (pictured) at a critical time for her side in the rounds, sitting her bowl in a gravitydefying position on top of a-toucher for Brisbane North. Jack High – Editor Just Bowls.

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I’ll do it later... “I love deadlines – I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by,” British writer Douglas Adams once said. Adams, noted mainly for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” had spent 10 years working on his novel “The Salmon of Doubt” before he died in 2001, after not producing a complete first draft. Once, in desperation, Adams’s book editors had to trap him in a hotel suite for three weeks to get him to write a manuscript. When asked to write radio scripts, Adams recalled spending “six months taking baths and eating peanut butter sandwiches”. Bruce Tuckman, noted for his study of groups, and an educational psychologist at Ohio State University in Columbus, tracked 116 students over 216 activities and compared those who scored low on the procrastination scale to those with high scores. Tuckman discovered that those who scored low on the procrastination scales tended to do better academically than those who were higher on the scale. Although procrastinators often claim that they produce their best work under pressure, how do they know? “They really don’t know how well they would actually do if they didn’t procrastinate” says Tuckman. According to Procrastination Central, those of us who procrastinate “tend to underperform in every aspect of their lives, from heath to finance” (www.procrastinus.com). Perfectionism is a common contributing factor to procrastination. Psychotherapist, Dr Timothy Quek argues that most procrastinators do not believe they are perfectionists. He goes on to say “perfectionism can lead to “starts and spurts” performance, meaning that an individual goes on a cleaning spree, or attacks a task with great energy and then slumps back in exhaustion after having exasperated, irritated, or alienated everyone around.”

Quek defines perfectionism as having the following three major characteristics: 1. The intense desire to jump in and do things yourself because others just can’t do it right. 2. The insistent attitude that you wouldn’t even start on something if you can’t do it well. 3. The profound need for closure, indicated by agitation or discomfort should something be left “hanging”.

These characteristics compel the perfectionist to procrastinate. Quek suggests that perfectionistic procrastinators acknowledge and dislike these three tendencies, after which they can begin to apply systematic, practical solutions. 12 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE – JULY 2016

Immediate actions you can take to reduce procrastination: Goal setting Take any project that you are putting off and break it down into manageable chunks. If you still can’t get started, take each chunk and break it down further. Ideally, you should end up with small tasks that can be achieved fairly soon. Make them specific, write them down and visualise yourself completing them.

Stimulus Control Clear your environment of any distractions. Your computer, your television or your mobile phone are major distractions. If you spend hours on the internet without realising it, then this may be one of your main distractions. Recreational web-surfing costs the United States as much as US$54 billion annually. Retrieve your email every few hours, reply to pressing issues and then close the window. Make a rule not to read jokes until you’ve made progress on meeting your goals.

Routines Start your routine slowly, and schedule them. Write these changes down, send yourself email reminders, set an alarm – whatever it takes to remember your new routine. Make sure that it is a manageable and easy task that you are scheduling and only change one thing at a time. Once you have established your routine and it has become a natural part of your day, move on and make another small change.

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HIGH Drama from start to finish for Queenslanders in ECBC 5 a side There was high drama from start to finish at the $50K ECBC 5 a side Challenge. The two top sides from Queensland, Helensvale and Broadbeach were unable to land at Newcastle Airport at high noon on Sunday due to a thunder and lightning storm reviving vivid memories of the “super storm” which wiped out the event after day one in 2015.

Helensvale’s Pairs combination Wilkie and Casey finished with 3 wins out of 5 matches and in 6th place, but lost the first play off match against Belrose 12/13 - another loss by only 1 shot!

Burnett & Bester won the Pairs final 13/4 against Soldiers Point and then the final match in the Fours discipline produced the high drama.

After two aborted attempts at landing, it was announced that the aeroplane would circle for 20 minutes and make one more attempt to land. If the landing was unsuccessful, the flight would be diverted to Sydney.

In the final match of the massive event - 224 matches in total - Taren Point picked up two shots on the last of 15 ends in the fours final to level the scores at 12/12 against the Broadbeach champions forcing an extra end.

Much to the relief of the Broadbeach and Helensvale lads, the plane landed safely and they were bound for East Cessnock when news came through that the airport roof had collapsed only 10 minutes after leaving!

Down the match at the head on the 16th end, Broadbeach skip Ryan Bester sunk the jack into the ditch with his last bowl... but Taren Point David Axon had the final bowl and drew a near perfect bowl on the edge of the ditch. Both teams called on the umpires to decide the result of grand final of the fours.

Not a good start, but luckily all 20 sides lined up for 5 rounds of Pairs, Triples, Singles and Fours in perfect weather for this unique format between 20 clubs from all over Australia. The 2014 defending champions, Helensvale’s Mark Casey, Brett Wilkie, Anthony Kiepe, Mark Thatcher, and Nathan Rice started slowly and won only 3 matches on day one, narrowly losing the Pairs (Wilkie & Casey) by 2 shots in rounds 1 and 2. Wilkie lost round 1 in the Singles to David Ferguson (Moama) by only 1 shot 20/21.

Broadbeach were in by a centimetre and claimed the $3500 first prize and trophy. The drama continued as the victors rushed to their bus for the one-hour trip to Newcastle for the flight back to the Gold Coast. The $50,000 East Cessnock tournament proved to be a tremendous success with all 20 clubs playing in 200 matches for the best performed side, and 28 matches to decide the 4 winners in Pairs, Triples, Singles and Fours disciplines.

Broadbeach with their strong side of Ryan Bester, Kevin Anderson, Jamie Smith, Sean Ingham, and Ryan Burnett topped the leaders table on day one with 7 wins and a draw, plus held on for the next 3 rounds to finish 2nd in the best performed side table to win $1500.

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Cabramatta finished on top with 43 points + 101 shots closely followed by Broadbeach with 43 points + 84 shots up.

The play offs in all 4 disciplines (Top 6) began on Wednesday afternoon with all four Broadbeach combinations in the finals: Pairs - Burnett/Bester in 4th position Triples - Ingham/Smith/Anderson in 4th position Singles - Burnett in 2nd place Fours - 6th placed Cabramatta side

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Tweed Heads Bowls Club Queensland Men Qualifiers – Australian Indoor Tweed Heads hosted part of the Queensland male qualifiers for the Australian Indoor Championships over the weekend of April 16 and 17. Paradise Point bowls club was also holding qualifying over the same weekend. From the Tweed Heads games the qualifiers were Alan Law (Mudgeeraba) and Luke Day (Coolangatta), and from Paradise Point John Balzarolo (Tweed Heads) and Clinton Bailey (Broadbeach) who qualified for the Australian Indoor Championships to be held at the Tweed Heads complex from August 22 to 25, 2016. There were 10 members from the Tweed Heads Club, with three members playing at Paradise Point and seven at Tweed Heads. The Queensland section of qualifiers for women was scheduled for May 28 and 29, 2016.

Queensland Qualifiers PBA The state qualifiers for the Professional Bowlers Association (Queensland) event was conducted at the Tweed Heads Indoor Complex over the Anzac weekend with the following players to play against the other state qualifiers:

World Pairs: • No.1 Qualifiers: Des Cann (Broadbeach) and Kurt Brown (Kawana) • No. 2 Qualifiers: Phil Brandon and Jamie Smith (Broadbeach)

Scottish Singles:

World Singles:

• No.1: Jamie Smith

• Adam Liddell (McKenzie Park)

• No.2: Kurt Brown • No. 3: Paul O’Brien (Broadbeach)

International Singles: • No.1: Kurt Brown • No. 2: Phil Brandon

All state qualifiers will converge onto the Indoor Complex at Tweed Heads (between the Golden Nugget Singles and the Australian Indoor Championships) in August 2016 to find Australia’s representatives in the above events.

Nimble 90’S Club A few years ago I wrote that the Men’s club had just 11 members who had reached the age of a patriarch (90 years “young”). Last year the club boasted that we had 25 active group members of the “Nimble 90’s Club” still rolling a bowl down the green. Today at Tweed Heads Bowls Club there are 18 male bowlers and one female bowler who have attained this feat. However, due to illness and the passing of some members, this total has diminished slightly even though the club membership remains strong with 330 males and 220 females. An example of the prowess of this group is the elder ‘statesman’, Frank Birkin who at age 98 plays three or four times a week, even after sustaining muscle damage to his right shoulder 18 months ago. Frank uses a ‘Bionic Bowler’ arm and is playing better than ever. Ted Ryan, 94-years-old still plays pairs on Wednesdays and Triples on Fridays. He can also be seen socializing in the club on weekends. Bowler Les Wurth, age 94, generally plays at least twice a week, but also acts as a standby and is called on regularly to fill a gap in a team. Stan Nicol (age 93), Sean Harty (age 91) and Ron Hodsdon (age 92) all continue to play once or twice a week. Joy White, who joined the Nimble 90’s Group late last year still plays regularly on Ladies Day each week. Joy is the only female bowler in the group. The remainder of these ‘elite’ bowlers play at least once per week either on the indoor complex or on the beautifully manicured greens. Most of these members have been at Tweed Heads Bowls Club for more than 10 years, with some over 30 years. It was unfortunate that this group lost some of its members during the latter part of 2015, but we remain convinced that Tweed Heads Bowls Club still holds the record of any lawn bowls club in Australia for this number of patriarchs. Bernie Fletcher, Publicity Officer.

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y p p a H Birthday On 12 May 2016, Tweed Heads Men’s Bowls Club will celebrate its 95th birthday. For a club that is recognized as one of the most prestigious bowls clubs in the world, its beginnings were very humble.

How it all began

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On 12 May 1921, a group of dedicated people met and formed the inaugural Tweed Heads-Coolangatta Bowling Club in Coral Street, Tweed Heads on the banks of the “Jack Evans Boat Harbour” and the entrance to the Tweed River. The foundation President, Charles Morley, a prominent citizen and businessman of Tweed Heads, formed the club along with founding fathers, S. Thornton, J. Gardner and J. Norvill.

Today, the club features four beautifully manicured greens plus the air conditioned Indoor Complex, an a la carte restaurant (open to the general public) aptly named “1921”, a bistro, café, two conference rooms (for private functions and wedding receptions), member’s lounge and casino, plus TAB and Keno facilities for members and visitors and is due to have lighting installed on Greens 1 and 2. As well as these amenities the club also boasts a butchery, bakery, bowls shop, travel agency and ‘pantry/bottle’ shop.

From 1921 to 1948 the club prospered. However, due to increased membership, two separate clubs (Tweed Heads Bowls Club and Coolangatta Ladies Bowls Club) were formed in 1948. The Ladies sub-club (Tweed Heads/Coolangatta Ladies Bowls Club) was formed on 17 February 1932 (now in its 84th year). It was the second ladies club to be affiliated with the Queensland Ladies Bowling Association, which was formed in Brisbane in 1930. It also became associated with the Gold Coast/Tweed District Ladies Bowling Association that was established in January 1970.

The new clubhouse Membership continued to increase for Tweed Heads Bowls Club and the committee obtained land on the “Greenbank” development site in Florence Street where a new clubhouse was erected. The new clubhouse was officially opened by the then Premier of New South Wales, Thomas Lancelot Lewis, on 24 May1975. Since 1975 the club has been renovated five times, with the most recent renovation being the removal of the auditorium. Prior to that, the indoor synthetic green with eight full sized rinks was opened by the then President, Sid Flodine along with 2 past presidents, Ron deHayr and Harry Rouse on 23 August 1980. In July 1994, the current “Greengauge” carpet still in operation replaced the synthetic felt carpet. Any affiliated bowler can book an indoor rink for two hours (during opening hours) to practice their bowling skills. The Indoor Complex was host to several international events during the 90s, such as test matches between England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand all against Australia. Until about five years ago, the Australian Indoor Championship semi-finals and finals test matches were televised by the ABC, although Foxtel has aired the events more recently.

Along with management the club has approximately 140 staff and is widely known as the ‘Friendly Club’. At the time of writing this article the bowling membership of the club consists of 332 males (including five life members) and 224 females. There are 15 junior bowlers under 18 years of age plus over 18,000 social members, plus the club welcomes over 1,000 visitors per week. The club boasts 20 qualified coaches and 17 fully qualified national umpires, along with a Bowls Coordinator and an assistant coordinator. Originally the club came under the South Coast District Association of Queensland, but was incorporated into the Gold Coast Tweed District Bowls Association on 2 August 1959. It is now only one of the three remaining clubs in New South Wales still playing under the Bowls Queensland Association banner.

Events Each year, the club sponsors the Golden Nugget Prestige Invitational Singles featuring the top 11 Australian and International Ladies and Men plus two wildcard players from the Tweed Open Premier Singles. It also conducts the Australian Indoor Singles Championships (male and female) and the Junior Golden Nugget for younger (under-18) bowlers. This year the club also celebrates the 30th year of the “Jewel in the Crown” bowls event, The Golden Nugget, which was first played in 1986. Every year in May, both Tweed Heads and Coolangatta share friendly rivalry competing for the “Men’s Commemorative Shield”, and since 1990 the Ladies compete for the “Anniversary Cup”. The bowling schedule for the club is Men’s, Ladies and Mixed 4’s Tuesday PM; Men’s/Ladies Pairs Wednesday PM; Ladies Day Thursday PM; Men’s Triples Friday PM; Men’s/Mixed Pairs Saturday PM and Mixed Bowls Sunday PM. All eligible bowlers are welcome. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE – JULY 2016 17

y a he l pTweedtCoast Bowls Circuit Stay Play Watch Why not visit the Tweed Coast and enjoy what the bowls clubs have to offer? South Tweed Sports Club, Tweed Heads Bowls Club and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club have some fantastic events coming up. The Tweed Coast Bowls Circuit has a new major singles event - the inaugural $18,000 South Tweed Aero Bowls Platinum Open Singles, which runs from Sunday July 31 to Friday August 5. With a mixed field of 192 bowlers and 64 sections of three players, you can choose to play on either one of the three days of sectional play on Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday, play knockout rounds on Thursday and win your way to the last final 8 on Friday. The total prize pool of $18,000 is shared between the 64 section winners, with $4000 to the winner of this inaugural event. It will feature many of the top bowlers in the nation in action over five days, so come along and play or watch and see who will be the first winner of the Aerobowls Platinum Open Singles and the first name on the honour board in this prestigious new singles tournament on the Tweed Coast.

See the Event brochure on club web site on www.southtweedsports.com.au. Enter online now and follow the finals with live commentary and updated results and live scoreboard on event web site www.stapos.com. So come along and play, or watch the Galaxy of Stars in action over five days at the South Tweed Sports Club and join in the Tweed Coast Bowls Circuit in July/August. Every Friday afternoon from June 17th, South Tweed Sports Club is hosting Kelvin Kerkow’s Open 2 Bowl Triples. Come along to a special bowls day at South Tweed Sports on Friday, July 7 to meet, play or watch the great legend of our sport Kelvin Kerkow in action.

What’s on at Tweed Heads Bowls Club The club where the bowls just don’t stop rolling! With social bowls played 7 days a week and a fully air-conditioned Indoor green open from 9am to 9pm every day, Tweed Heads Bowls Club has it all. Don’t miss out on seeing the world best back in action for the Golden Nugget in its 30th year running, where Tweed Heads Bowls Club will once again have the cream of the crop showcase their talent and keep us in awe. The Golden Nugget will be played from Monday August 8 through to and including Thursday August 11. Stick around and watch the stars collide on carpet when Tweed Heads Bowls Club is once again the proud host of the Australian Indoor Finals which is played Monday 18 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND JUNE – JULY 2016

August 22 to Thursday August 25. Entry is free for both of these events, and all visitors are encouraged to enjoy the first class facilities while they’re here. Sure to have something that meets your needs, why not visit the Tweed Heads Bowls shop? Located beside the famous Indoor Green, Tweed Heads Bowls Shop has a comprehensive range of lawn bowls, shoes, bags, clothing and accessories. Whether you live in the area, or you’re just passing by, Tweed Heads Bowls Club is sure to cater for all your needs.

What’s on at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club 2016 Schweppes Open Pairs The 2016 Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club Schweppes Open Pairs Tournament will be held from Monday July 25 – Wednesday July 27. This event has a prize pool totalling $15,000 with a first prize of $3000 to the winning pair and 20 teams guaranteed prize money. The field is limited to 42 teams and entries last year were heavily oversubscribed, with several pairs overseas and interstate competing, so enter now to secure your spot. Entries for this event close on July 1 2016. Further information is available on the Club’s website www.kbbc.com.au and enquiries can be made to Trevor King at 0437 952 108 or email trevorking16@bigpond.com NSW State Pennant Finals 2016 – Division 7 Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club in partnership with The Cabarita Beach Bowls & Sports Club are proud and happy to host the 2016 NSW State Division 7 Pennant Finals, which will be held on the weekend of July 30-31 2016 with the final being played on Monday August 1. There will be approximately 250 players, reserves and managers but with the partners and supporters, the total amount of people visiting this area and booked in over this weekend will be over 400. There are eight teams from different Zones throughout Sydney, as well as eight country zones covering the whole NSW state. The event will be sponsored by Club’s NSW and Destination Tweed and we thank them for their involvement. Three sectional games will be played on Saturday and Sunday (July 30 and 31) with the semi-finals played on Sunday afternoon. The final will be played at Kingscliff on Monday morning, August 1. There will be outdoor BBQ areas and drink stands around the Greens as well as great amenities inside both clubs at Kingscliff and Cabarita. It is a fantastic opportunity for both of the clubs and local businesses to showcase the lovely Northern NSW area that the locals call paradise. Further information is available on the Club’s website www.kbbc.com.au.

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Timeline of international events in Australia

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2016 World Singles Champion of Champion November 14 to 20 - Club Helensvale, QLD

2017 World Cup

Dates to be confirmed - Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club, NSW

2017 World Singles Champion of Champion

Dates to be confirmed - St Johns Park Bowling Club, NSW

2017-19 Trans Tasman

Dates to be confirmed - Venues to be confirmed, QLD

2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games April 4 to 15 - Broadbeach Bowls Club, QLD

2018 World Singles Champion of Champion Dates to be confirmed - St Johns Park Bowling Club, NSW

2019 Asia Pacific Championships

June 4 to 12 - Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club, QLD

2020 World Bowls Championships

May 23 to June 7 - Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club, QLD


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Bowlers enthusiastic about Australian Open The Australian Open will have the privilege of hosting hundreds of everyday club bowlers in this year’s field due to their never die wondering attitude towards mixing it with the best of the best in our sport. Two gentlemen, Ray Ganderton and Rob Pollock are members of the Broadbeach Bowling Club and can’t wait to sink their teeth into the world’s richest bowls event when they line up alongside two other Broadbeach members in the men’s fours competition. Fifth grade pennant players respectively, Ganderton and Pollock saw the Australian Open was open to any bowler of any ability and didn’t hesitate to form a team to enter a world class tournament and gain some experience in a sport they can’t get enough of.  Pollock already has many a story to share about his 2015 Australian Open experience that saw him pitted against Australian great Kelvin Kerkow, current Australian Jackaroo Ray Pearse and a Malaysian combination in the men’s pair’s; whilst his team mate Ray is looking forward to his first Australian Open this year.  Neither player is worried about the draw, big names in the field and potential outcomes, both are just thrilled to have the opportunity to say “I’ve played in the Australian Open”. 

“If you’re lucky enough to get that chance there is always a little thing inside you saying how good is this, so I will be practicing as much as possible leading into the Australian Open, not because I’m worried about scores, just because it would be nice to mix it with them and enjoy the game even more.” Pollock joked that he would be missing the first few days of Australian Open play due to a fours tournament he has entered as practice, the tournament they are calling the Narrabri Open. Team mate Ray Ganderton has a very similar attitude.  “I’m an inexperienced bowler so names don’t mean much to me, I’m not worried about who we might come up against I just want to enjoy it, and getting past sectional would be nice but who knows what will happen on the day,” he said.  Their passion for the sport doesn’t stop there; when the opportunity arose at Broadbeach Bowling Club to do measuring, markers and umpiring courses both Ray and Rob thought that would be a great way to give back to the sport and to get more involved in major international events that are heading the Gold Coasts’ way. 

“I’m really not too worried about who we get drawn against, although it would be nice to have some quality bowlers around to watch how they play and see that kind of calibre bowler in action,” said Pollock.

There will be many bowlers just like Broadbeach’s Ray and Rob, plenty of first time Australian Open participants, club bowlers entering to see what the big time events are all about, and who know we could see some of these club level bowlers going all the way.

“The opportunity to play against Olympic or World Champions is something you can only wish for in most sports.

The Australian Open is just around the corner; see you all on the sunny Gold Coast.


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In this issue, Dr Letchford answers some questions about knee arthroscopy. Q: What is knee arthroscopy? Knee arthroscopy is a keyhole surgery technique typically used to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the knee, including cartilage damage, loose bodies and other early-stage arthritic conditions. Performed through two small incisions in the knee, arthroscopy allows us to visually inspect and perform minor repairs to the knee without the need for large incisions. However, if larger problems are detected, more extensive surgery may be deemed necessary. Knee arthroscopy is a relatively low-risk procedure with a high rate of success and fast healing times. It is most commonly performed as a day case, although some patients may need to stay overnight for monitoring. Q. When is a knee arthroscopy recommended? Usually when scans and physical examinations fail to offer definitive information on what is affecting the knee. It can also be used as an alternative to open surgery to treat chronic pain or structural damage that has not responded to non-invasive treatments (e.g. physiotherapy, supports and medications). A knee arthroscopy can diagnose and treat the following: • Persistent pain, swelling or catching within the joint • Tears in the meniscus (cartilage lining) • Damaged or degraded joint surfaces and cartilage • Loose bodies in the joint • Inflamed synovium (joint lining) • Torn ligaments (anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments) As always, I only recommend surgery if it offers the most realistic chance of effectively diagnosing someone or improving their symptoms.

Dr Letchford firmly believes in providing an holistic approach to his patients. Surgery can often be an uncertain and traumatic experience irrespective of age, and Dr Letchford and his staff strive to ensure that all questions and queries are answered promptly and succinctly to ensure minimum stress to the patient and their family. Dr Letchford specialises in arthroplasty (joint replacement), knee reconstructions, sporting injuries, and acute orthopaedic trauma. He implements modern, resultfocused treatments and is a strong advocate of providing a private call trauma service for patients and GPs. Dr Letchford currently operates out of Allamanda Private Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital. He consults at his Southport rooms and monthly from the Beaudesert Family Practice, Beaudesert Fair, (Coles) William Street, Beaudesert.

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Stunningly beautiful, but without the crowds you’ll find in Central Europe. From Oslo’s artistic Sculpture Park, to the beautiful still waters of Norway’s fjords and the historic Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, the highlights of Scandinavia are as diverse as they are memorable. Gate 1 Travel’s 11 Day Classic Scandinavia escorted tour starts from $2929 per person in August, so not only off the regular tourist route, but an affordable European destination in the summer months.

If you’re a lover of culture, history and exotic cuisines, then Morocco is the place to indulge all your travel fantasies. See the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Volubilis, discover the hidden treasures of the old medinas in Fez and Marrakesh, marvel at World Heritage-listed sites and travel through magnificent canyons. Gate 1 Travel’s first class escorted tours start from just $999 per person for 8 days.

It’s chaotic and confronting, but India is definitely incredible! Your experienced local tour manager will help you enjoy this quirky country to the fullest. From its astounding ancient sites to the world’s most famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal, every part of your adventure in India will remain a fond memory for years to come! Enjoy the confidence of travelling with first class comforts on a Gate 1 tour and you can even add on Nepal.

Of course no trip to China is complete without walking on the Great Wall, but there’s so much more to discover in the Middle Kingdom. The Terracotta Warriors display is astounding, Shanghai’s combination of old and new architecture is impressive and a visit to the Chengdu Panda Research Centre will set your cute meter soaring! Gate 1 Travel’s 13 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze Cruise from $2499 per person is one of their most popular first class tours.

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Avoiding middle-aged spread in women Many women find that when they reach middle age they start to gain small amounts of weight over time. As this weight gain is often gradual it is not always noticeable at first. Women may become aware of it when clothes that previously fitted are too tight or when they have to go up a dress size when purchasing new clothing.

How much do women ‘spread’? The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health has tracked three generations of women, including data on their weight. It found that middle-aged women (those aged 45-50 years when they were first recruited) gained on average 3.43 kilograms (kg) in 8 years. More alarmingly, the number of women classified as overweight or obese increased from 4 in 10 women to 6 in 10 women during that time. In addition to the amount of weight gained is a change to the distribution of the weight. When women reach middle age, weight shifts from their hips and thighs (pear shape) to their stomach area (apple shape). This change in shape is very significant as an apple shape, or weight around the stomach area, is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Why does middle age spread occur? There are many changes that occur during this time in women’s lives that contribute to this weight gain. While some are part of the body’s natural ageing process others are social reasons. Hormonal As women reach menopause, the cessation of ovulation and menstruation which occurs between the late 40s and early 50s, they experience a drop in the level of hormone oestrogen. This drop is thought to contribute to a redistribution of weight to the stomach area. Loss of lean muscle mass When we age we naturally lose lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass burns more energy than fat does, even when we are at rest. Therefore,


when we experience a decline in lean muscle mass, our body needs less kilojoules. If women are eating and exercising the same as before, they will inevitably put on weight. Reduced metabolism In addition to the loss of lean muscle mass, women also experience a drop in their metabolic rate as they age. Our metabolic rate is the rate at which our body burns energy to run all the functions necessary to keeping the body alive. If our metabolic rate decreases it means we do not need as many kilojoules (kJ) as before. Women who are aged 51-70 years of age require approximately 500 kJ less a day than those aged 1950 years (8800 kJ compared to 9300 kJ). In addition, this reduction in kJ will only maintain a woman’s current weight. If weight loss is required, a further reduction in kJ will be needed. Sandwich generation Women in their late 40s and early 50s can often be carers of both children and elderly parents or parents-in-law, referred to as the sandwich generation. Combined with household duties and/or work, these women may find little time for themselves to participate in regular exercise. They may also rely more heavily on caffeine and sugary ‘pick-me-ups’ to get them through their busy day. Stress When we are stressed we produce the hormones adrenaline and cortisol to help us combat the stressful situation, the ‘fight or flight’ response. While adrenaline gives us the extra physical strength and energy needed, cortisol helps us replenish our energy stores after the stress has passed, by increasing our appetite. This function works fine

if we only face a stressful event infrequently. However, our bodies respond in the same way whether we are facing a physical attack or have a lot of bills to pay. Therefore, if women have a lot of stress in their lives they can have high cortisol levels which cause them to be hungry and over-eat. In addition, many women choose foods that are unhealthy (chocolate, biscuits, ice-cream etc.) as a source of comfort in times of stress.

What can women do about it? As many of the contributing factors are part of the natural ageing process, women do need to make lifestyle changes if they are to avoid the middle-aged spread. The best changes to make are: Exercises to build muscle Maintaining lean muscle mass is an important strategy in combating middle-aged spread. Resistance training or strength training makes the muscles work against a weight or force. Examples include: using your body’s own weight as in push-ups, squats, lunges; weight machines such as those found at the local gym; and free weights. The lack of any resistance training is one reason women who do participate in some physical exercise might still find it hard to shift the weight around their middle. While exercises such as walking will contribute somewhat to maintaining muscle mass in the legs, walking up hills or up steps is a more effective way of building lean muscle mass. The Australian government physical activity guidelines recommend that we incorporate muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week.

Look at portion sizes One of the easiest ways of cutting back on kJ is to re-evaluate portion sizes. If women are cooking for hungry teenagers they may be used to piling more on their plate. An 18 year old boy, for example, needs 12900 kJ compared to 8800 kJ for a woman aged 51-70. A serve of pasta, for example, is only one cup of cooked pasta and a serve of meat should be roughly the size of your palm. Watch what you drink What we drink can easily add to our kJ intake. Women might be avoiding soft drinks but freshly squeezed juices or flavoured coffees might still be contributing extra kJ. In addition, women’s alcohol intake can also be a factor. One study found that middle-aged women drank more than any other age group. It seems that many women are having a few glasses of wine with dinner as a way of dealing with the stress of their busy lives. Women can try and drink more water and have at least two alcohol-free days per week. Regular aerobic exercise In addition to doing exercises that boosts lean muscle mass, women also need to get regular aerobic exercise. The national physical activity guidelines recommend that women accumulate 150 to 300 minutes of moderate intensity or 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week. If women wish to prevent weight gain, the amount of exercise needs to be at the upper limits of 300 minutes of moderate intensity or 150 minutes of vigorous intensity each week. Manage stress

Rethink your diet If women require less kilojoules as they age, the food they eat needs to be ‘nutrient dense’. There is, therefore, far less room in one’s diet for nutrient poor foods or empty calorie foods such as biscuits, pastries, cakes, potato chips, deep fried foods, white bread and many take-away foods. To reduce the consumption of these types of foods, women can try swapping them for healthier items such as wholegrain breads and cereals, lean sources of protein, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats/ oils (nuts, seeds, avocadoes etc.).

Participating in regular exercise is one way of achieving stress relief. Taking a yoga class, meditation and mindfulness are all good options. Article written by Kirsten Braun from Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc., a not for profit, health promotion, information and education service for women and health professionals throughout Queensland. Visit www.womhealth.org.au for further information.


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Sinking of the Rokyu Maru

A story about POW Roy Cornford Roy Cornford, a 19 year old labourer, enlisted into the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in September 1941. Arriving in Singapore late in the Malayan campaign as a reinforcement for the 2/19th Battalion, Roy was fortunate enough to be evacuated from Singapore to Java a week before the city fell to Japanese force. His luck was not to hold out, however, and Roy was taken prisoner by the Japanese when Java fell in March 1942. Transported back to Singapore, Roy went on to work in Thailand on the notorious Burma-Thailand Railway. In March 1944, Roy was amongst a group of prisoners of war (POWs) in Thailand selected by the Japanese for transport to Japan to work as slave labour. After many delays and a tortuous trip from Thailand to Singapore, Roy departed Singapore on 6 September 1944, aboard the Japanese cargo ship Rakuyo Maru, part of a convoy bound for Japan. On 12 September, the convoy was attacked by a US Navy submarine ‘wolf pack’, consisting of US Ships Growler, Pampanito and Sealion. Two ships in the convoy which were carrying POWs, Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru, were sunk by the submarines. As the ships carried no special markings and as the Japanese government had made no application for safe passage of the ships as POW transports, the American submarine crews had no way of knowing that Allied POWs were aboard the ships when they were torpedoed. The presence of POWs aboard the ships was discovered on 15 September, three days after the sinkings, when the USS Pampanito returned to the area to continue operations against the convoy and discovered men clinging to rafts who were identified as British and Australians. Pampanito immediately set about rescuing as many survivors as possible and called in three of her sister ships to assist. Roy Cornford was one of the 73 survivors picked up by Pampanito. On 12 September 1944, American and British submarines sank a number of Japanese ships in the South China Sea, including the Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru, which were carrying Allied prisoners of war. Covered in oil, survivors clung to wreckage for several days before being rescued. After several days drifting on makeshift rafts, during which many POWs lost their lives, the survivors were rescued by crew members of the USS Pampanito and USS Sealion II.

Roy Cornford in uniform during the Second World War

After years of malnutrition and brutal treatment as prisoners of war, and several days adrift at sea with no food or water, the survivors were in a fragile state of health and needed careful treatment.

Roy and his mates were transported by Pampanito to the US base on the island of Saipan, where they were disembarked and immediately admitted to hospital. From Saipan, Roy was returned to Australia by ship, arriving at Brisbane on 18 October 1944. After further hospital treatment, Roy was discharged from the AIF in May 1945. Roy married his wife Joan in 1947 and they raised three children. Trained as a painter after the war, Roy originally worked as an employee of a painting contractor and then set up his own business, which he ran for almost 30 years. Roy was an active member of the RSL and following retirement he and his wife Joan established a successful plant nursery and donated all of the profits from 1987 to 2009 to charity. Roy preferred to forget the horrors of his time as a POW, concentrating instead on remembering how he and his mates all helped each other through difficult times and conditions. Note: Roy Cornford passed away last year. RIP.

From: 100 Years of ANZAC anzacportal.dva.gov.au

Images from the Roy Cornford collection Reprinted with permission from the Department of Veterans Affairs



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