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Food Labels: What they really mean

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To Chalk or not to Chalk

Bowling with your Parents

Bernie's Winning




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From the Editor Things are cooling down in Brisbane, which means that hopefully you can spend more time outdoors without flagging under that heat. After visiting a few clubs during the heat of the day, I was surprised to see some people having a roll up with no hat and hearing others casually mentioning that they’d forgotten sunblock. After questioning a couple of bowlers on being on the green with no hat, it seems that some players find wearing a hat annoying and it distracts them from their game. It really does pose a wider question. Why, especially in Queensland, are there so few clubs with covered outdoor greens? The costs are prohibitive for most clubs and although it’s wonderful to see that some clubs have managed to win grants to cover their greens, we need to push for more funding for this purpose. How can we encourage people to get active, be social and remain competitive throughout the year when it is too uncomfortable being outdoors? Never mind the risk of sun exposure and dehydration. Most of the bowlers I’ve been in contact with have toughened up to the elements (their words) but I wonder – how many others have decided that playing

bowls outdoors with no sun protection for hours on end, is too much bother? I am amazed at the stamina and enthusiasm of the players I’ve met but I do wonder how many more players our clubs would attract by providing at least some covered playing area. I expect that many clubs have some savvy members who can be tasked with seeking grants and raising awareness of the need for shade cover for their club and bowling in general. Raising awareness by a visit to your local member, some letters to local council, applications to government departments and assistance from funded community programs might eventually make a difference. Our Government promotes a healthy, active lifestyle while being safe from the sun, so it may be the perfect time to start pushing for more funding in this area. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic and please send any images of your bowlers playing under cover to Until next time,



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World Youth Champs


Bowling with your parents


March/April 2017 | Volume 7 Issue 1

Distributed FREE from Kingscliff - Gold Coast Brisbane - Sunshine Coast

Bester than Best for Broadbeach


Food labels and what they mean




If ‘Grumpy’ were to ask her friends at her club if they be interested in a roll-up and rotating positions, this could be a lot of fun. For example: • 4 people play pairs: lead & skip play against the other 2 people • 3 or 6 people triples with each team of 3 playing the other • 8 people make 2 teams of 4s and play each other.

Give it a go, you have nothing to lose…except maybe your old position!

P 10

P13 P15

I also played lead for some time as all new bowlers do. After a long time, I felt I was ready for another position. I liked the idea of 3rd, which I played anytime I could and loved it. I eventually went on to skip.

A marker would be handy to line up jack, or if the player wanted to ask a question, they could take the lead’s place and the lead go to marker. Everyone has the opportunity to play each position. This is a lot of fun and can cause much laughter.


Chatter from the Sunny Coast

Dear Editor, Responding to (Aug 16 Vol 6) ‘The Grumpy Lead’.

Continue this way until you get back to where you started, and if you’ve enjoyed it, continue playing.


Musgrave Hills Bowls Club news

to the editor

Start first end with the lead and when that game is over, change positions. The lead moves to second, second to third, third to skip, skip to lead.

IN THIS ISSUE To chalk or not to chalk

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Your Local Bowling & Lifestyle Magazine

Food Labels: What they really mean

on the cover

Ryan Bester (Rhino) puts down yet another super bowl. Read more about Ryan on page 18.

See why Rhino is Bester than Best

To Chalk or not to Chalk

Bowling with your Parents

Bernie's Winning



Have fun, from a used-to-be-lead.

oj ke An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.” Doctor Young, who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000. So he went to Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Dr. Young: “Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth. Can you please help me? Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young’s mouth.” Dr. Young: Aaagh!! -- “This is Gasoline! Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your taste back. That will be $500. Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money. Dr. Young: “I have lost my memory and I cannot remember anything.” Dr. Geezer: “Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient’s mouth.” Dr. Young: “Oh, no you don’t, -- that is Gasoline!” Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You’ve got your memory back. That will be $500.” Dr. Young (after now having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days. Dr. Young: “My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see anything!”

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Dr. Geezer: “Well, I don’t have any medicine for that so here’s your $1000 back” (giving him a $10 bill). Dr. Young: “But this is only $10!” Dr. Geezer: “Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500.” Thanks to John Edmonson from Perth for contributing this joke.


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To chalk or not to chalk The approved/preferred method of marking a bowl is either with a canister of spray chalk or a piece/stick of chalk proper. Stick chalk can be used however it is imperative that the bowls are not displaced. (Let’s chalk about it – The Bowler, Bowls SA – September 30, 2016) Liquid chalk pens (texta style) are not to be used. It just doesn’t make sense. If it’s imperative the bowl(s) are not displaced, doesn’t that statement infer that by using stick chalk, there is the possibility the bowl might be displaced? In a game that requires an accurate measurement (and often down to millimeters) to determine a result, whether it is an end, a rink or the game overall, how can touching/holding a bowl still to mark with a piece of chalk be preferred over a chalk pen. And we all know, there is soft chalk and hard sticks that not only scratch but might need a couple of attempts to leave its mark. The second is usually done with a little more gusto!! I do use a liquid chalk pen – the pencil thickness pen with a fine nib and certainly not one of the monster size textas. I can apply a small cross/dot without touching the bowl with my other hand. I light touch with the fine pen tip and the bowl is not moved. Pure economics – value for money determined my choice. At about $8 on average for a canister of chalk spray from which you may be get anywhere between one and the advertised 250 sprays, one can understand why canister spray is not a bowler’s

first choice and why the liquid chalk pens made an appearance. I am sure the quality has improved over the years but each week I still see vigorous shaking, some vigorous words muttered, three squirts for a tiny amount of dust before the $8 can is retired to the bin. It’s then back to the piece of chalk; a lick of the tongue, a hand (hopefully a steady one!) on the bowl and the mark is done. Yes, it can be argued a liquid chalk pen will fall into the category of a texta. However, the soft felt tip doesn’t damage the bowl; the bright fluro mark stands out on the ever-increasing coloured bowls, can be left without the bowl being moved and it takes less ‘spit’ to remove. Further, if you run it’s use pass your teammates and they have no issue, why the ban?

Norman Anderson from Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club has recently turned 100. He still enjoys a game of bowls and is a regular on the green. Norman is also a life member of the club.


So for the integrity of the game, I will use my chalk pen knowing I haven’t touched the bowl and inadvertently brought those millimeters in to play. Tim Dodds Henley Bowling Club

Norman (4th from the left) joined by his bowling friends to celebrate his 100th birthday.

Bowling is a sport played and enjoyed by many families. The Birks' family often get together for a roll up at Redhill Bowls Club.

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Busy Year for the Bulls Broadbeach will once again be the centre of the bowls world in 2017. A packed schedule will keep the place busy with some of the best players in the world enjoying the great greens and brand new facilities. The first major event is the 2017 World Youth Championships where 42 young people from across the world will compete in singles and mixed pairs. Our very own Chloe Stewart, who was the 2014 champion, will be back to go for her second World Title. The annual Trans Tasman between Australia & New Zealand will take place May 31st - June 2nd and will be followed by a pre-Commonwealth Games event: The Multi Nations. This event will feature seven of the world's best nations getting a taste of the Broadbeach Greens for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Blue Diamond Pairs that attracts possibly the best Pairs field in the world will take place June 8-9. The Australian Open will be the

climax of the three weeks of bowls with the largest prize money of any carnival in the World, and will take place from the 10th - 22nd of June. Broadbeach’s local tournaments are again on the schedule with the Over 60’s Pairs in July, Blue Ribbon Pairs in August and Ladies $3000 Pairs in October this year.

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Last year’s women’s singles champion Ellen Ryan from Australia with fellow Aussie and gold-medal-winning mixed pairs partner Aaron Teys.

World Youth Championships The World Youth Championships is poised to ignite on the Gold Coast in March. A top class field of forty-two players from seventeen countries will compete for honours at the World Youth Championship in Australia.

when they captured the 2015 Australian Open men’s and women’s singles crowns there.

Commencing on March 27 for seven days, the newly rebranded world event for competitors aged 18 to 25 features 21 men and 21 women competing in singles and mixed pairs at the magnificent Broadbeach Bowls Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Teys will naturally be one of the men to beat, as will fellow Aussie Nathan Pedersen, a big match specialist who has won the past two Australian Open and Hong Kong Classic pairs titles.

This is the third incarnation of the only under-age competition conducted by World Bowls, the sport’s global governing body, having started out as the World Junior Cup in 2005 then changing to the World Junior Championships in 2013. The wise decision taken last year to rebrand the annual competition as a ‘youth’ event was welcomed by all sectors, especially the players, who regarded ‘junior’ as unsuitable, considering there were husbands and wives, even some mothers and fathers, competing within the age group. And it is interesting to note that last year’s ‘junior’ singles champion Aaron Wilson from Australia skipped veteran Jackaroo Brett Wilkie to pairs gold at the recent World Championships in New Zealand. Women’s champion Ellen Ryan, fresh from her under-25 world indoor singles triumph in England last month, returns to defend her title. The teenage Aussie sensation also won last year’s mixed pairs with Aaron Teys, and they will reunite to be a formidable combination at Broadbeach next month. The 2018 Commonwealth Games bowls venue has been a happy hunting ground for Aaron and Ellen, who rocked the establishment 10 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017

Keep an eye out for brave young Malaysian Izzat Dzulkeple, who won his national Champion of Champions singles title this week (beating former world champion Safuan Said in the final), and was runner-up in this event at Broadbeach in 2015. Jersey’s Ross Davis, who was the only competitor to beat Aaron Wilson last year, will also give a very good account of himself, as will the experienced Sheldon Bagrie-Howley from New Zealand. But, it should be remembered that every competitor is an international representative and no one should be discounted. Even Ellen Ryan will have her work cut out to repeat last year’s success in the women’s competition. Malaysia’s Syafiqa Rahman, who was silver medallist to her, will be hoping to go one better this time around, while the previous two champions, Australia’s Kristina Krstic and Chloe Stewart, will also have a big say in the outcome. Of course New Zealand’s Tayla Bruce and Canada’s Pricilla Westlake could easily snare the ultimate prize, as could Norfolk Island’s Shae Wilson and Ysie White from Wales. It promises to be a compelling week of international bowls at one of the world’s greatest venues.

The field for the 2017 World Youth Championships at the Broadbeach Bowls Club on Australia’s Gold Coast is: Men: Gariga Babona (Papua New Guinea), Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (New Zealand), Lucas Caldwell (Canada), Ross Davis (Jersey), Izzat Dzulkeple (Malaysia), John Fleming (Scotland), Kenneth Ikirima (Papua New Guinea), Rob Law (Canada),  Aqmal Mustakim (Malaysia),  Cabous Olivier (Namibia),  Nathan Pedersen (Australia), Lawrence Paniani (Cook Islands), Taiki Paniani (Cook Islands), James Po (Hong Kong China), Connor Rabey (Guernsey), Daniel Salmon (Wales), Martin Sham (Hong Kong China), Aaron Tennant (Ireland),  Aaron Teys (Australia), Carlos Tigere (Botswana), Mustafa Zaini (Brunei).

Women: Rose Baso (Papua New Guinea), Tayla Bruce (New Zealand),  Piwen Karkar (Papua New Guinea), Kristina Krstic (Australia), Nicole LeBlanc (Canada), Joey Luk (Hong Kong China), Nooroa Mataio (Cook Islands), Lesego Motladille (Bostwana), Colleen Paniani (Cook Islands), Sophie Rabey (Guernsey), Syafiqa Rahman (Malaysia), Connie Rixon (Malta),  Ellen Ryan (Australia), Emma Snell (Guernsey), Angela So (Hong Kong China),  Chloe Stewart (Australia), Claire Walker (Scotland), Pricilla Westlake (Canada),  Ysie White (Wales), Shae Wilson (Norfolk Island), Linda Zakaria (Malaysia).

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How often do you get to play bowls with your parents? After watching my Mum, Dad and brother play bowls for years and represent their districts in the sport, I decided to join them. I have been playing bowls now for just over three years and it’s the best thing I ever did. I played netball for 35 years and in the end, it was taking me longer to strap before a game than to play.

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My greatest memory, which I will treasure forever, is being able to play bowls with my parents. Unfortunately, my Mum now is not well so has put the bowls away for a little while but we’re hoping she can get back out on the green soon.

Everyone comments when Dad and I play and when he delivers a great bowl, I clap and say, “Great bowl Dad!”. Other bowlers say, “How good is it to be able to play with your dad?”. One day, I hope to be a good player like my Mum and Dad, but in the meantime, I encouraging my children to take up bowls, the greatest game ever! Contributed by Debbie Dalston


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Not so long ago the Donnybrook and Bongaree Bowls Clubs entered

Six Sunny Coast Bowls Clubs have closed in just as many years since 2011 and if you believe the rumours and local press, Pacific Paradise could be next.

Clubs, Golf Clubs and Bowls Clubs. On the Sunshine Coast alone

into arrangements with their local RSL Club – so they can survive! The competition is fierce amongst the Surf clubs, RSL Clubs, Sports between Caloundra and Cooroy there are over seventy clubs and that does not include any of the restaurants. Forget about competing, with the Industry Giants and focus on being - a Bowls club.

Club Kawana hosts successful Test Series! We need to stop the bleeding in our great sport. Questions need to

Congratulations to Club Kawana for hosting a very successful test series between Queensland and New South Wales. They turned on the

be asked – why has it happened in the past and why is it continuing

weather, a huge number of supporters turned up and the players turned

to happen? Bad management by Club Committees and Boards of

it on.


Management usually cops the blame. But let’s face it we as members

The Queensland Men’s team took out the series for the second year

must also accept some responsibility. We have ample opportunity to

in a row in an action packed event going right down to the wire. So

see how our club is performing, by reading the monthly minutes of

much so the Men’s series was decided with a 65-56 win in the third and

meetings and financial reports. The financial reports particularly the

deciding test.

Well, 2017 certainly started with significant change for myself. I was successful in securing a fantastic new and challenging position as CEO of the not-for-profit RACQ CQ Rescue Service in Mackay, Queensland. The “significant” part means I have left Brisbane and re-located to Mackay! Thank you so much to my “old” club, Pine Rivers Bowls Club and the members and staff, who introduced me to the sport and made me so welcome as a novice bowler.

balance sheet will clearly show the clubs position especially in relation

The women’s series was won by New South Wales 2-1.

to current level of debt. And if there are any alarming signs members

Jack Hi

Arm bowlers getting together at Pine Rivers BC

Naturally, my new role requires me to prioritise work and so my

suffered injury or have a debilitating illness. For non-arm bowlers

bowls will be restricted to evenings and weekends. Mackay has

to see this as a “threat” or giving some “advantage” is sadly

several great bowls clubs, but due to geographical location and


their two fully covered rinks, I will be playing at the North Mackay Bowls Club (NMBC).

members to have their say and get answers to their questions before it

To stay in touch with bowls on the Sunny Coast, visit

is too late!

to bowl, then be thankful and do not raise your ire at bowlers using the arm, which allows them to participate and contribute

women who use bowling arms. On my second weekend here,

to bowls. We have an ageing population and many sports become

the Bowls Queensland “duo” of Coaches, Thorpy and George,

impossible to participate in if people have an injury, illness or

presented a bowls development course for 100+ local bowlers. I

simply cannot move as well as they used to. Bowls is one of the

assisted in providing coaching for the attending arm bowlers, who

exceptions and as club members, surely we must embrace all

recognised that their game could improve by using an Arm Coach

players and encourage more people to play bowls? It may be some way off before we have an Arm bowler

At almost every Club I have visited in South East Queensland and

representing Australia at the highest international level, but I can

now in Mackay, it is evident that arm bowling is fast becoming

foresee the time Arm bowlers are regularly competing at State and

a reality for older bowlers and those who unfortunately have

National Championships.


call a Special General Meeting of Members. This is the forum for

If you are fortunate to be blessed with good health allowing you

Interestingly, NMBC has a significant number of both men and

to check their technique.

should through the club constitution, insist that the Committee/ Board


Bernie’s Bowling

BEST “It has taken me 13 years to achieve something like that”. These were the profound words of Bernie Lamberton who was playing at Paradise Point Bowls Club on Thursday morning 15 December 2017.

Bernie was playing with Grant Osborne (skip) against Tony Lynch (skip) and myself, Kevin Fowler. Most bowlers on the Gold Coast would recognise the orange bowls and I can confirm the authenticity of the photo. It was my maroon bowl which prevented him holding four. Each of Bernie’s bowls was bowled with precision and their position represents where they came to rest. There was no interference from other bowls. We all agreed that not only was it a novel result it was bowling at its best. The head was disturbed by Tony with his next bowl however we still went down by three. That’s bowls. Article: Kevin Fowler


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Health News with Dr Andrew Letchford – Orthopaedic Surgeon As we age, parts of our body often start causing issues that require further investigation. Hips and knees are often high up on the list of problems people face with their health. Dr Letchford, one of the South East Queensland’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, spoke with Bowls Plus and answered some commonly asked questions. Q: When is the right time to see a specialist about my hips and knees? A: The main indication as to when you should see a specialist is when your everyday life and activities are impacted by your general mobility. Another clear indication is when your pain levels are no longer being managed by general nonprescription medication such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatories. Q: Typically, hip and knee problems are associated with older people. Is this your experience? A: It is correct that joint degeneration both of hip and knees is a problem that comes with old age, but I am also seeing quite a few younger patients due to greater general focus on exercise to improve health. Q: What are the most common conditions you see in patients? A: The most common complaints that I see on a daily basis are hip and knee arthritic pain and knee injuries. I also deal with a large number of trauma cases from private emergency departments, with Neck of Femur (NOFs) and sport fractures being the most common. Q: What advice would you most offer to patients? A: Keep fit! Find something that suits your lifestyle, you enjoy and be consistent with it. Should you ultimately be forced to decide on surgery, then the best thing you can do for yourself, your surgeon, anaesthetist and rehab team is to be in the best physical shape you can.

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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Bester than best for Broadbeach

Kevin Anderson, RB and Ryan Burnett

Ten years ago the future of bowling on the Gold Coast looked bleak. Known as the Mecca of Bowls in Australia, with 25 bowls clubs in 25 miles, declining membership numbers, the loss of smaller clubs, and the drop in numbers for the popular Gold Coast Winter Carnival meant that something needed to be done. Fast. One of the biggest clubs on the Coast with four greens and a big club house, Broadbeach Bowls Club (BBBC), was in trouble and looked like it was going to be handed over to the Kurrawa Surf Club at the annual meeting in 2008. Along came Barry Gilbert, new chairman of BBBC. With Barry as chairman and his wife of 50 years Colleen as secretary manager, they saved the club from going to the surf club and the rest is history. Apart from restoring the financial side of the club, the masterstroke was employing a bowls manager/coordinator, namely Ryan Bester, to drive lifting the standard on the field in the highly competitive Gold Coast bowls pennant. 18 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017

At the same time as Australian idol Steve Glasson won the 2004 World Bowls Singles in Ayr in Scotland, 20 year old Canadian Ryan Bester and lead Keith Roney won the World Bowls Pairs. A short time after finishing in the finals in the World Team Cup played indoors the Tweed Heads Bowls Club in 2007, the Canadian moved to Australia and now is one of the most popular and well known bowlers in the world alongside Australian and International champions such as Steve Glasson, Kelvin Kerkow, Alex Marshall, Paul Foster and Brett Wilkie. Nicknamed Rhino, Bester the masterblaster is well known for his driving skill. However, as his record proves he also has the draw skill to match his drive, making him the champion player he is today. Since winning the 2004 World Champion Pairs, Bester has been the most consistent top player in the Commonwealth Games and World Bowls. In recent years, he won a singles Bronze Medal in the 2006 Melbourne Games. a singles Silver Medal in 2012 World Bowls, Silver Medal in 2014 Glasgow and recently a Silver Medal in the 2016 World Bowls in Christchurch, New Zealand. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017 19

There is a saying

“To be the Best, you need to beat the Rest of the field” now changed to

“To be the Best, you need to beat the Bester”

Ryan Bester and Ben Savva

Bester’s record of three consecutive Queensland State singles titles, as well as Queensland Champion of Champions Fours and Singles titles in recent years, is part of a long list of major wins in all states of Australia. Bester broke the hoodoo surrounding the prestigious Golden Nugget tournament after becoming the first male bowler to win back-to-back titles in 2014/2015 against the best bowlers in Australia. He has also won the Bowls Australia ranking award for two consecutive years. Bester’s views on the re-spot rule is also well known and at times he has not entered tournaments where this rule is in the conditions of play. He is adamant it spoils the spectacle of the game when removing one of the skills of our great sport. The many hundreds of spectators who witnessed the classic display of draw bowling and driving (replay dead ends) between Bester and Australian champion Mark Casey in the final of 2015 Golden Nugget would agree with his views on the re-spot rule, especially in major prestigious tournaments. The success on and off the field for the Broadbeach Bowls Club has shone the spotlight on the Gold Coast with the club hosting the $250,000 World’s Biggest Bowls Festival for 5 years, the Australian Open. The club will also host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April 2018, plus the World Youth Championships and the multi nations tournament as a forerunner to the Australian Open in June this year. Along with surrounding clubs, Musgrave Hill. Southport and Helensvale, BBBC will host the Asia Pacific Games and World Bowls in 2020/22. With a $4 million upgrade to the club, Chairman Barry Gilbert has led the revival of Broadbeach Bulls with world class club facilities. Ryan Bester has led the club on the field of play with the men and ladies to pennant flags for the first time on the field in the tough pennant competition on the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast has retained the title as the Mecca of Bowls in Australia is now the host city for major bowls events for the next five years. Bowlers, where would we be without BBBC? 20 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017


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“We compete for the Palm Lake Shield annually and Toowoomba came third in 2015 and runner up in 2016,” Ron says.

First major bowls achievement:

World Bowls Pairs

The fun continues within the resort itself, with championships in singles, pairs, triples, jack rolling and even a memorial game.

International appearances / achievements:

2002 - Debut for Canada World Bowls Pairs Champion World Bowls Singles - Silver (2) & Bronze Commonwealth Games Silver & bronze Asia Pacific Singles - Gold Atlantic Rim Singles - Gold

Other major bowling achievements:

3 x Canadian Titles 2 x New Zealand titles 1 x Australian Open Title 2 x Gold Nugget Invitational titles 3 x Queensland Singles titles

For the residents of Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba, there’s nothing better than a game of friendly (and sometimes competitive!) bowls with equally-as-friendly neighbours. When Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle comes online, this location will be the first of any across the Palm Lake Group Australia-wide to boast not one but TWO world championship lawn bowls greens! And the dream is not too far away with the second new undercover bowls green and air-conditioned, panoramic clubhouse scheduled for completion in April this year. Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Bowls Club president Ron Rosentreter says the new bowls green will come in handy for social bowls nights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. “Outdoor bowls is very popular among the residents,” Ron says. “There are more than 80 active members in the resort bowls club.” And with another 330 villas scheduled for completion as part of the new Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle development, Ron expects many more enthusiastic bowlers to join the community, giving them the edge in inter-resort competitions between Palm Lake Resort Waterford, Deception Bay and Eagleby Heights, for example.

“There are lots of social activities as well,” says Ron. “Many members get involved in the great facilities available and we have most enjoyable events like happy hours.” Sportcrete is the company tasked with installing the surfaces for all Palm Lake Resort lawn bowls facilities. Spokesperson Ben Sutcliffe says the world-renowned Greengauge woven bowls surface is used at all Palm Lake Resorts for its performance, durability and consistency. “It’s a surface that’s renowned for providing consistent speeds of 15-16 seconds, which is ideal for all levels and styles of bowling,” Ben explains. Coupled with the Sportcrete Bowls Base System, which utilises the latest laser technology and environmentally friendly polymer bonding, the greens at all Palm Lake Resorts are truly top of the range. “The outcome is a precision bowls base built to the finest tolerances, designed to perform year in and year out,” says Ben. No wonder the residents of Palm Lake Resort Toowoomba Pinnacle are being bowled over by this latest development! For more information call 1800 280 129.

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Australian Championships heading to Merimbula’s Club Sapphire The Australian Championships has returned to Bowls Australia’s calendar of events, with Merimbula’s Club Sapphire set to host the tournament for the next three years. State and Territory champions from across the country will soon vie for national titles, with Bowls Australia confirming that the Australian Championships will return to this year’s calendar of events. The event returns to the calendar after a 12-year hiatus, having last been played at Harbord, NSW in 2004. Merimbula’s Club Sapphire has secured the rights to stage the competition for three years, with the first edition scheduled to be played from November 28 to December 1, 2017. All eight State and Territory Association’s singles, pairs, triples and fours champions will be awarded entry into the event annually, with up to 160 competitors shaping the field. The event boasts a rich history, dating back to 1979 when it was first played in Melbourne, but seemingly went into hibernation following the creation of the Australian Open in 2005. Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple said the re-inclusion of the event on the national stage will once again provide a pathway for state and territory winners. “The Australian Championships is a worthy inclusion on the sport’s calendar, and will provide an opportunity for players to progress from their respective state and territory championships to compete for coveted national titles,” Dalrymple said. 22 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017

“Club Sapphire have been hand-picked to host this event for the next three years, which is a resounding endorsement on the quality of their newly upgraded facilities and eagerness to host one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments.” Club Sapphire CEO Damien Foley said recent developments at the club make it the ideal venue to host the newly re-introduced event. “We at Club Sapphire Merimbula take great pride in developing the sport of bowls, both in our region, in New South Wales and on the national stage,” Foley said. “We’ve recently undertaken significant renovation and refurbishment of our facilities, which include a covered 15 rink carpet greens facility and viewing deck, as well as a number of other areas within the club, such as our dining facilities. “Given the opportunity, we are confident we can provide a fantastic product as host venue for this prestigious event.” Further information about the Australian Championships will be released closer to the event. Bowls Australia thank Club Sapphire for the ongoing support of the Australian Championships. Courtesy Bowls Australia

April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30, 2017 at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre Fri & Sat 7.30pm Sun matinees 2.00pm (BYO drinks and snacks)

Tickets Online: 1800 674 414 or at the door or at the Tweed Murwillumbah Information Centre.

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Club carnivals for 2017

Entries are now open for the “Tweed Open Prestige Singles” to be held from Sunday 25 June to Wednesday 28 June 2017. Entries close on Friday 16 June.


Conditions: Sectional play, limit 84 players on days 1 and 2. Guaranteed 2 games of singles.

May Triples Monday 1 May Spring Medley Monday 4 September Indoor Fours Challenge Monday 6 November

Section winners play post sectional round reducing field to 32 for day 3.

Ladies Major/Minor Pairs Monday 27 November

Entry Fee $40.00. Prize pool $15,100. Winner $3,500 and entry into Golden Nugget in August.

For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Ladies Bowls Club Games Director, Ros Ash, c/- PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485, email to or phone 07 5506 8157.

All enquiries to Paul Girdler by phone 07 5506 8157 or 0478 147 925 email

Championships Winners of the Men’s Clubs Open Fours were Len Byrne, Gary Hewitt, Robert Kaehler and Allan Nimmo defeating Jason Neville, David Dodge, Brian Lamb and Steve Goodman 22/17 in the final. To reach the final Allan’s team defeated Max Jaffray’s team of Russell Hindle, Greg Ash, Doug Kleinana 23/14 and Steve’s boys defeated Jack Blagbrough, Ken Emura, Kevin Dixon and John Griffiths 25/15.

MEN’S CLUB Classic Pairs Monday 22 May Open Pairs Monday 19 June Winter Mixed Pairs Monday 17 July


Dates to remember for 2017 Tweed Open Singles Sunday 25 June to Wednesday 28 June Junior Golden Nugget Saturday 22 July to Sunday 23 July Golden Nugget Monday 31 July toThursday 3 August Australian Indoor Championships Monday 28 August to Thursday 31 August Note: All events and dates are subject to change, so please check the club website at; for the latest information.

For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Men’s

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Policing of the Commonwealth Games and Backscatter vans The Queensland Police Service has undertaken, and continues to undertake, exhaustive planning in preparation of the policing response for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The policing response will be the largest ever for an event in Queensland with the safety of the Games and the general public at the forefront of planning. While the Games will be a welcoming international sporting event that will showcase Queensland and Queenslanders to the world, the policing and security overlay is cognizant of the current threat environment in which we live, and must plan for all contingencies. The QPS will use a range of strategies and specialist equipment to ensure the Games are safe and enjoyable for everyone, including ‘Backscatter vans’, which are mobile x-ray devices. The vans are not new to Australia or Queensland, and have been used by the QPS previously- in 2014 (G20) and 2016 (Gold Coast marathon). Backscatter vans use low dose radiation (that poses no threat to the public) to scan vehicles for suspicious items that may identify a range of threats to the community. The use of Backscatter vans is strictly regulated with the operator, the Australian Federal Police, requiring a licence to operate issued under the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Radiation Act 1998. Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford, Commonwealth Games Group said Backscatter vans used in Queensland Police led events are operated under our direction by AFP specially trained officers in accordance with strict

protocols and licencing conditions. “The safety of members of the public is paramount in the planning and delivery of the security operation for the Commonwealth Games. “I am aware of some health concerns raised in the media today regarding the use of the Backscatter vans but the use of the technology under the protocols adopted by the QPS should allay any fears or anxiety for members of the public regarding its use.” Assistant Commissioner Crawford said that unless exceptional circumstances exist Backscatter vans are not and will not be used to: (a) scan people; (b) scan vehicles where people are occupants; (c) randomly scan public spaces. “We are aware of concerns in other jurisdictions associated with the use of backscatter technology. These concerns generally arose out of using the technology in a way that will not be applicable in Queensland due to our different protocols. “I am sure members of the public would understand that if we were to advertise how, where or when we were using a variety of policing strategies, including the use of Backscatter vans, we would be giving an advantage to anyone with a criminal intent.” BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017 25


y e h t t wha n a e m y l l a e r

The multitude of labels on supermarket products can be confusing. Here is our guide to common food label claims. No added sugar

Reduced fat

Low cholesterol/cholesterol free

Serving size

This label indicates that a product has not had sugars added to it. It does not, however, mean that the product is low in sugar as many of the products carrying the label have naturally occurring sugars from fruit or milk. For example, a yoghurt advertised as ‘no added sugars’ actually contains 18 grams (g) of sugars per 100g. In addition, some products that use the no added sugar label actually contain artificial sweeteners instead. Artificial sweeteners can be identified by the following names/additive numbers: sucralose (955), saccharin (954), cyclamate (952), aspartame (951) and acesulphame-K (950).

Reduced fat products are those that have at least 25% less fat than the regular product. They should not be confused with low fat as the regular product is often high in fat so the reduced fat version can still be a high fat product. For example, a regular margarine contains 65g of fat per 100g. The reduced fat version still has 47g of fat per 100g.

Cholesterol is found in meat, chicken, dairy products and eggs and is linked to a higher incidence of heart disease. Therefore, products containing little or no animal fats can claim to be low cholesterol or cholesterol free. This, however, does not mean the product is necessary low in other fats such as vegetable oils. While most plant based fats are healthier than saturated or trans fats they can still contribute to weight gain. In the same way that fat free is used to disguise high sugar products, low cholesterol or cholesterol free are often used on high vegetable fat products. Potato chips, for example, often use the label, even though many contain in excess of 30% fat.

There are no criteria around what serving sizes should be, it is up to the food manufacturer to determine. Some food manufacturers, therefore, make serving sizes small so the amount of kilojoules, saturated fat, sugar and/or salt is also small and, therefore, more appealing. Examples include a small tub of dip, where one serve is only 10g (so 15 serves per small tub). This single serve contains only 222 kilojoules (kJ) and 4.4g of fat which sounds reasonable. In reality, however, a person is likely to eat much more than one serve which will increase their kilojoule and fat intake considerably (and that is before adding any crackers).

Light/’lite’ One of the more confusing food packaging labels is light or ‘lite’, as it often appears. Light/’lite’ can actually refer to any number of characteristics of a product including colour (eg. olive oil), texture (eg. thinness of potato chips), salt, fat or sugar content. The label must specify in what way the product is light/’lite’ so women should look for this information. If the light/’lite’ claims include a nutrient, energy or salt the product has to be at least 25% less than the regular version. However, if the product is normally very high, the light/’lite’ version can still be a high energy, salt or fat product.


Low fat Low fat products are those which contain 3g or less of fat per 100g or 1.5g or less per 100 millilitres (ml) for a liquid food. The issue with some low fat products is that they often contain large amounts of added sugar to improve the consistency and taste of the product.

Fat free


We are increasingly seeing ‘fat free’ labels being used on products. These are often displayed on products that you would not expect to find fat in the first place, such as lollies. In these cases the fat free tag is being used as a way of disguising high amounts of other undesirable ingredients, such as sugar. It is also important to remember that not all fats are created equal and so fat free is not necessarily ideal. Saturated fats and trans fats (hydrogenated or partly hydrogenated vegetable fats) are the most problematic as they increase our risk of heart disease. The fats found in oily fish, nuts and seeds, however, are actually beneficial.

We are encouraged to include wholegrains in a healthy diet as they are rich in fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. However, the term is increasingly being used to promote products that also contain other unhealthy ingredients. For example, a popular brand of chips is advertised as being a ‘good source of wholegrains’. The same chips, however, also contain 21.1g of fat and 563 milligrams (mg) of salt per 100g so are hardly the best option if looking to increase your wholegrain intake.

Free range Free range refers to animals raised for meat and/or egg production that are not closely confined and have access to the outdoors. As with labels like sugar free and wholegrain, the free range label is in some cases being used to distract buyers from other not so ideal ingredients. For example, a takeaway pizza outlet is currently advertising free range chicken pizzas. Just including free range chicken as an ingredient, however, does not make the pizza a good takeaway option. The pizzas still contains high amounts of salt and fat and some even include non free range bacon.


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Real fruit/fruit juice We are all encouraged to eat fresh fruit so this label is popular on many products, particularly those aimed at children. ‘Made with real fruit’ or ‘Contains % fruit juice’ are common labels. However, in the majority of cases the fruit is actually fruit concentrate or fruit paste. Fruit concentrate/paste is made up of the natural sugars in fruit and is used in products as a natural sweetener. It does not, therefore, provide the same health benefits as eating a piece of fruit. In addition, cheaper fruit concentrate/pastes often make up the bulk of the fruit. For example, a strawberry fruit roll product actually contains only 1% strawberry fruit paste (the majority coming from apples). Some products displaying the real fruit/fruit juice label also contain added sugar.

%DI This information is a more recent addition to food labels but as its use is voluntary not all products display it. %DI stands for the Percentage of Daily Intake and represents how much one serve of a product contributes to the average person’s daily intake of energy and other nutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates, sugar, fibre, sodium, vitamins and minerals). The main drawback with the %DI labelling is that the percentages are based on those required by a healthy weight male. For example, the kilojoule intake is based on a daily intake of 8 700kJ. It can, therefore, be misleading for people who don’t fall into this category. Women, men who are overweight or obese, those who are less physically active and children, for example, will require less. Conversely, those who are underweight and who are more physically active may require more.

Heart Foundation Tick Products featuring the Heart Foundation Tick are lower in salt, saturated fat and, in some cases, kilojoules than similar products. Food manufacturers provide a payment to the Heart Foundation to display the tick on their eligible product. While the products that display the tick are healthier than like products it does not necessarily mean we should include them in a healthy diet. For example, a brand of meat pie displaying the tick has less saturated fat and salt than many other pies but it is still a high fat product and so should only be eaten occasionally.

Health Star Rating System The health star rating (HSR) system was developed for use in Australia and New Zealand on food packaging to provide convenient information that’s easy to understand. It provides a quick review of the ‘healthiness’ of the food, without feeling the need to read the nutrition information panel on the back. At the moment, it is a voluntary system, meaning that manufacturers can choose to use or not use this new system. Foods are given a star rating based on their energy, fat and sugar content, and displayed on the packaging, and are a good option to help understand the nutritional panel on the back. For example, a popular breakfast choice is Weetbix, which has a HSR of 5 stars, meaning it’s an excellent choice. On the other end of the scale is Coco Pops, with a HSR of 2 stars, meaning it shouldn’t be a regular choice.

GIycaemic Index (GI) The GI index ranks carbohydrates according to how quickly they convert to blood sugar (glucose). Low GI foods break down more slowly, making people feel fuller for longer. The GI index is useful when comparing similar products, for example, breads or varieties of rice to choose one that has a lower GI. As is the case with many label claims, one component should not be looked at in isolation. A heavily processed product that is medium GI, for example, is not necessarily a better choice than a high GI piece of fruit as the fruit will have other nutritional benefits. 28 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND MAR/APR 2017

Tips for reading food labels • Don’t be swayed by claims on the front of the packaging. Always consult the nutritional panel (usually on the back). • Look at a product in its entirety. If the product’s label makes a claim be sure to look closely at what other ingredients it contains as well. Is it high in sugar, salt or fat? • Check the list of ingredients. Ingredients are listed in order of prevalence so this can give a quick indication if a product has a lot of sugar, fat, salt or other undesirables. A good gauge is to avoid products in which sugar, fat or salt appear in the first five ingredients. • If a product claims it contains wholegrains check the percentage on the nutrition panel. • If looking at the serve size recommendation, consider how much you would actually consume on average and multiply it. • Use the 100g or 100ml measurements on the nutrition panel to compare similar products. • If the product’s name has a characterising ingredient (eg., blueberry) check the percentage of this ingredient to see if you are really getting what you think. And remember that some of the best products in the supermarket are ones that don’t carry labels at all, such as fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

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 for further information.



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The World Masters Games takes part just once every four years and it’s NZ’s turn to host. Last time was in Italy, next time it’s in Japan – so Aussie bowlers, Auckland is a hop across the ditch this April.

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• Carlton Cornwall Bowls Club; 126 Market Road, Epsom, Auckland 1051; located just under 6km south of central Auckland and accessible by public transit. • Mt Eden Bowls Club; 17 Stokes Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland 1349; located 5km south of central Auckland and public transport or car-pooling is recommended due to limited parking.






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• Remuera Bowling Club; 6 Market Rd, Remuera, Auckland 1050; located 6km south of central Auckland and accessible by public transport. The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for the evening of Friday 21 April 2017 with the Closing Ceremony on the evening of Sunday 30 April 2017. Tuesday 25 April 2017 is Anzac Day – a national day of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia, which commemorates servicemen and women who have served and died, and honours those that have returned. In line with the respect and tradition afforded to this national day, any sport competition on Anzac Day will not commence until the afternoon. No competition is currently scheduled for Lawn Bowls on this day. All dates and times are subject to change, pending final entries received. A detailed schedule by event will be realeased in March 2017.


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