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Vol 4 No 4 June - July 2014

Your Local Bowling & Lifestyle Magazine

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

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Brett Wilkie On his way to the Commonwealth Games with his Aero Bowls

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THE RED SHOES see page 26

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LIFESTYLE TRAVEL HEALTH GIVEAWAYS HISTORY JUNE / JULY 2014 BOWLS PLUS 1


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From the Publisher’s Desk… Hello Everyone, Another year half way through Where does the time go.! Special thanks to our wonder contributors Bowls Australia, Les Taylor, Barry Hamer, Lachlan Tighe, Frank Fox Brisbane District Bowls, Henselite Australia and Aero Bowls, our travel agents bringing you great prices for a well-earned holiday. Make sure you support our wonderful advertisers whom supply great products at fantastic prices. Please keep your stories and antidotes coming through. We love to hear from you with your stories, local events in the community and from your local bowls club. Bowls Plus is dedicated to report current Bowls News from Local Clubs and to promote the fast growing sport of Bowls. More and more young people are POKIE PARTS Est 1992 discovering that Bowls is and inexpensive • USED GAMING MACHINES and fun sport and • GAME CONVERSION KITS readily available at so • GAMING MACHINE SPARE PARTS many great clubs. OLGR APPROVED, CLEANED, Until the next edition TESTED, READY TO INSTALL of Bowls Plus & 100% GUARANTEED Magazine. Thank you JUST ONE PHONE CALL CAN for reading and enjoy.

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IN THIS ISSUE

Technology hits Bowls with the profile Team Henselite’s Jeremy Henry secures third world title Australian Jackaroos and A Squads named Club Helensvale secures international event Queensland men finish unbeaten Kawana keeps rolling along! The Prime Minister’s Cup History Southport Bowls Club reversing the trends Nambour Bowlers create history Bowls plus Entertainment Bowls Plus Lifestyle Bowls Plus Travel Bowls Plus Health

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Technology hits Bowls in Colour and Design with the Profile

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club $10,000 Easter Open mixed Singles: The 10th Anniversary of this event was won by Ryan Bester from Broadbeach BC, the first person to win the event twice, successfully defending his 2013 title and first prize of $3,000! From a full field of 128 players, Ryan defeated Des Duller (Musgrave Hill) in the final. The “Best Performed Female” prize went to Rosanne Lovelock (Musgrave Hill).

Aero Bowls have patents over colours. Well almost... It is actually how they form the colours in their range of Trifecta models. The Trifecta colour launched in May has been a runaway hit, and brings new life to bowls. Used in the State Championships on the Gold Coast they caused a huge stir when both bowlers and public saw them going down the green for the first time. Walter Jacobs CEO of Aero Bowls says ”Anything that brings a smile to bowlers is a win for the game”. Aero placed the bowls on their Facebook page and in less than a day over 11000 people saw 14 year old Jono Davis the Australian under 18 Singles champion rolling the bowl with Brett Wilkie running after it filming. Check it out on their Facebook page.

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Master Class coaching … what factors do you consider/ include in coaching successful teams? A Master Class for coaches held in Melbourne recently included the above topic for discussion and practical application. All around the country, and indeed in Glasgow for the 2014 Games, coaches will be applying their skills for the benefit for the players in the bowls teams. Presuming the bowlers have the technical skills for the relevant competition levels, the added factors I tend to consider imperative to train for success are these: Communication – you are required to tell your teammate what shot to play. Why, oh why, do bowlers at all levels tell their teammates the score? (“we’re two down, mate”); convey their own anxieties (“don’t hit that short bowl”; “don’t be short”); exhibit uncertainty (ask numerous questions of teammate before bowling). Whereas we as coaches need to train players to simply provide clear instruction to the player on the mat, to train them to advise on access (I call it ‘flight path’), or outcome intentions; Game plan – the team members train to a plan so that it is an automatic application in the competition;

Leadership – use training to identify the strong people in the team; reinforce the strength of character of the individuals who form the team; Measure Performance – the players have to know how their game performance is measured, and we train to have them meet and maintain that level of performance; Objectives – or goals, to strive to meet. We can train the skills, and we can practice games to trial the objectives, but these targets need to be constantly in mind during the event; Player Position – a lead in a team has to deliver and draw two bowls. Hence, that player has a major emphasis in my training on those two technical skills. Team members in other positions require various skills honed to compete successfully; Role – prepare players in training to know, and perform, their role in the team game. Emphasise via training the need to respect and understand the role of your teammates. Situation Awareness – something I try and introduce, with limited success, is the

capacity of the players/team to observe the situation and the possible outcomes. Too often, the team (read skip) has not concentrated enough on the other tactical and mental factors that influence all the players on the rink; them and us. Use training to train and simulate for these circumstances. Team Spirit – organize training so that it simulates an opportunity to view how well the spirit of the team looks for each individual member. Team spirit plummets when teams are losing. In my view great teams have ‘spirit’ even when they are losing, and, know how to win. Training Intensity – the training should be of equal intensity to that expected in the game. Better than that – the game is seen by the players as less intense than their training preparation. Lachlan Tighe P.S… My book “Winning becomes you, in lawn bowls’ is available as from December, 2013. If interested in purchase, contact me direct on email l.a.tighe@bigpond.com or check the Henselite website for details of availability. Website too www.lachlantighebowls.com

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Team Henselite’s Jeremy Henry secures 3rd World Cup Title Jeremy Henry has claimed his 3rd World Cup title in an event he has made his own over recent years. Competing at his home Club of Warilla, the Team Henselite champion took out the final in straight sets over Victoria’s Tony Wood. Jeremy started out well, maintaining control over the first 4 ends with singles before his opponent countered with 2 singles of his own. But Jeremy’s class and experience came to the fore and he closed out the first set with counts of one and two shots to move to an unassailable 7-2 lead after 8 ends. The second set started slowly for Jeremy and he found himself

Bargains to be had on new bowls If you’d love a new set of bowls but you’re feeling the pinch, Henselite are offering some great prices on now on the popular Dreamline XG and Fusion range. Coloured speckle bowls in the Core Henselite Colour range are now only $575 RRP, that’s almost $100 off the usual recommended retail price. Pick up our great Aussie all-rounder, the Dreamline XG, in Light Blue, Windsor (purple/magenta) or Panther (white/black/pink). Or, if you’re bowling on faster greens, the Fusion in Atomic (red/white/purple), Panther (white/black/pink), Volt (mid blue/light blue/yellow) or Windsor (purple/magenta) is also available at this discounted price.Or you can really grab a bargain and grab a set of Dreamline XG or Fusion in Matrix (black/mint) or Cosmos (black/ white/purple/red) for only $495 RRP. Save money now on a set of bowls with Dreamline XG and Fusion, available at your local bowls shop.

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4-1 down before coming back to level the scores at 4-4 after 6 ends. But not to be outdone his Clayton opponent scored 3 on the next end, racing to a 7-4 lead with 2 ends to play in what had been so far a tight contest. Henry clawed back one shot on the penultimate end to keep himself in the set and escalated the pressure in the final end, holdng four shots with only Tony Wood’s last bowl to come. He was able to remove only one of Jeremy’s Henselite bowls, leaving the scoreline at 8-7 for the second set and yet another World Cup victory for the champ.

Henselite to introduce revolutionary “Slice” colour combination In mid-June Henselite will be unveiling their latest innovation in coloured bowls - the Slice - which is unlike any other bowl on the market. The slice bowl will combine colours and speckles to create a striking bowl that will make a statement on the green. The Slice colour combinations will be available in both Fusion and Dreamline XG. The introductory range includes “Crush”, orange with yellow and light orange running surface and “Bondi” Blue with dark blue and yellow running surface. Slice colours in both Henselite models will be available in all good local bowls shops.


Mt. Gravatt Bowls Club Mt Gravatt Bowls Club Division 5 Premier 7s competed in the final four play off on Saturday 24th May. The games were played at Pine Rivers Bowls Club.

Geebung Bowls Club - 50th Jubilee Friday 20th June

50th Jubilee Open Pairs $350

Total Prize money: $350: 1st $150; 2nd $100; 3rd $50; LOH $50 Format: 2 4 2, 21 ends or Bell 3hrs - Card off the table Meet: 12 noon Start: 1.30pm Finish: 4.30pm Cost: $10 per person Dress: Mufti Ring Laurie Manthey 0422 818 434 to nominate side Food: Before the game - Nibbles; After the game - Steaks, Schnitzels, Fish & Chips - Orders from 5pm Service 5.30-7pm Activities/Entertainment: Goose Club Raffle drawn 6.30pm $500 Membership Draw, if not claimed, 4 x $50 draws until claimed, must be present to win 6.40pm. Barrel Draw – for tickets purchased that day $50 bar tab, must be present to win 6.45pm. Music

Saturday 21st June

50th Jubilee Open 4’s $1000 Back row left to right: Bill Crewe, Malcolm Ferguson, Neil Longhurst, Ron Walton. Front row: Bryan Martin, Bruce Black, Peter James, Reg Walls. Others who played throughout the season and are absent from the photo: John Fealy, Michael Geronimos and Tony Fuller. In the first round semi final Mt Gravatt 2 rinks d Beaudesert 1 rink. In the final played the same afternoon North Ipswich 2 rinks d Mt Gravatt 1 rink. Both games were hard fought and displayed the overall evenness of the three teams. A total of 44 teams participated in Division 5 and to be runner up out of that number is something of which our Club should be proud. “You never surprise me” a woman moaned one day to her long suffering husband. “Buy me a surprise for my birthday. Something that can accelerate from 0 to 150 in under 4 seconds, ... and I’d prefer a blue one!”, she hinted. Happy and excited she was counting down the days for her birthday.

Total Prize money: $ 1000: 1st $500; 2nd $200; Round Winners 2 x $100; Round LOH 2 x $50 (1 prize max.) Format: 2 x 15ends or bell 2 hrs – Card off table Start 1st game: 10am - 12 noon Lunch: 12 – 12.30pm Start 2nd game 12.30pm – 2.30pm Presentation 3.00pm Cost: $60 Team - includes lunch Dress: Whites Ring Laurie Manthey 0422 818 434 to nominate side Food: Lunch - Bread Rolls (Ham & Salad), Cake, Tea & Coffee Dinner - Spit Roast catered by QLD Spit Roasts Activities/Entertainment: Dinner & Dance - Meet 4pm – 5.30pm, Seating 5.30pm, Dinner 5.45-6pm ; The John Abbott Band; Raffles Ring Laurie Manthey 0422 818 434 for Dinner Bookings Cost $25 PP – 3 Course Dinner plus tea, coffee and after dinner mints Memorabilia Table – Photos/Stories etc. Slide Show at dinner

Sunday 22nd June

50th Jubilee Community Fun Day 10am – 2pm FREE Roller Bowls for everyone

Activities/Entertainment Surfboard Machine; Dunk Tank; Jumping Castle; Putt Putt; Fairy Floss; Sno Cones; Popcorn; Face Painting; Clown; Footy Activities Stalls - Cakes/Sweets, Arts & Crafts, Plants, Books Raffles; Coffee Cart; Jubilee Merchandise available; Food Lots of fun and Prizes!

And finally she got the beautiful present her husband had thoughtfully chosen for her ...

Geebung Bowls Club runs bowls events on Friday and Saturday nights and hope to run a Comedy Night later in the year. Cnr Robinson Rd & Thompson St Geebung 4034. Laurie Manthey, Event Organiser/Jnr VP Mens Committee

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Phone 0422 818 434

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Brisbane District Carnival Time - Good for Clubs and Good for Your Bowls

The lawn bowls calendar is full of activities. Consequently, it is vitally important for Clubs to plan carefully if their carnivals are to be successful. In Brisbane the main opportunities for hosting carnivals arise in two main ‘blocks’ of time – one such ‘block’ of time is between the end of the summer Premier League/Super Challenge season [towards the end of March] and the start of pennants[mid July]. The second such block is between the end of pennants [end of September] and the Christmas holidays. Tony Burton from St Lucia Bowling Club recently organised his clubs one day Autumn Fours Carnival on Sunday 27 April. “We designed the day to appeal to both men and women; we looked for a window of opportunity before the State District Sides/Championships and we made sure we were able to get three games of a reasonable length into the day’s program. We wanted to match the format of the State District Sides event.” To support the carnival, the Greens Director at St Lucia, Gervase Griffiths ensured that the greens and surrounds at St Lucia were in immaculate condition.

The greens and surrounds were in great condition at St Lucia Bowling Club for the Autumn Fours Carnival on 27April 2014

Chris Hepburn, Greg Rolls, Steve Hayden and Dave Thomas were a good indicator of the strength of teams on show. Greg Rolls [better known as Cyril] said that the ‘district sides format for the day was ideal and was one of the main attractions’ for him and his team-mates to nominate. Another team skipped by Wayne Masters was specifically preparing for the State Championships - “we were looking for fast, good quality greens and tough competition - and we got both” said Goldie Masters. The ladies were not going to be overshadowed with district champions like Sue Bond and Judy Collingwood teaming up with Graham and Hari from Ferny Grove to make a formidable team. Judy said that ‘it was a great opportunity to get some practice in before the States’ and the day was such good value, with good prizes and good competition.

The St Lucia Ladies provided a great lunch for all in attendance.

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Eighty-eight players attended and we were fortunate to have great weather until the last fifteen minutes. The team led by John Arrowsmith from Toowong took out first prize of $1,000 with a total score of 6 + 44 over the 3 games. Second was Ed Boxall’s team from Ferny Grove with 6 + 32. They took home $750. The third prize of $500 was claimed by the team skipped by Peter Leon.Their score was 6 + 17. Prizes were also given to the round winners and there was a special draw. John Arrowsmith and his team were the winners of the St Lucia Autumn Fours Carnival

Tony Burton said the event achieved all its objectives and was most thankful of sponsors and club volunteers who made it so successful. “Our club is in growth mode - we recently gained 20 new members, we have been promoted to 1st Division in men’s pennants so, we are keen for good bowlers to know that there are good opportunities at St Lucia. Put the St Lucia Autumn Fours in April in your calendar for next year…...we’ll be going again!” Another smaller Brisbane Club, New Farm reintroduced an April carnival to its calendar for the first time in some years. New Farm’s Director of Bowls Management, Mr Paul Turnbull, said that the club had decided on a ‘weekday’ event to provide an opportunity for bowlers whose ‘weekend’ calendars were already full. “We decided that a two day open carnival was attractive and that the 2-bowl triples format would provide high quality, close games with a good number of ends”. Turnbull went on to indicate that the club was keen to reinforce its profile as a ‘real’ bowls club- “with our success in the barefoot bowls market, we tend to be overlooked as a genuine bowls club- we are endeavouring to expand our bowls program and are slowly attracting more quality bowlers. Our aim is to add another pennant team to our existing first and fifth division line up and provide bowlers of all levels with an opportunity to play bowls at the level that suits them best.” Games director for the 2-day carnival, Garry Ryan, has had previous extensive experience in organising big bowls events. “I used to organise the Norfolk Island Bounty Fours: it was run over 7 days with 64 teams- each team was guaranteed games before post sectional play. Garry added “Once Brisbane bowlers realise what great value this event is our biggest problem

Carnival atmosphere at New Farm Bowls –next to the beautiful New Farm Park in Brunswick Street.

will be fitting everyone into our 12 rinks -” Where else can you get 6 high quality games with 2 lunches and prizes of $3000 for just $50 - and that includes your raffle tickets?”

Vicki Howard presents Kerry Flint, John Fern and Neil Peach with the first prize

The contest was hard fought with the winner getting the edge by only ½ a point from three following teams who each had won five of their six games. Kerry Flint’s winning team started with a ‘shaky’ draw in their first game and thanks to great play by Kerry, the team didn’t lose a game over the two days. The prize-winners for the event were 1st - Kerry Flint, John Fern & Neil Peach- $1200 2nd- Sean Baker, Paul Jopson & Peter Leon- $600 3rd- N Macinelli and team- $390 4th- Chris Ryan & team- $270 Round winners- Wayne Masters, Kev Higson, D Williams, P Lovell, P Buttery & Sue O’Toole. Last Round Winner- Trev Hollis

Vicki Howard presents skip, Sean Baker with his team’s prize.

Michael Hawkes presents Greenslopes Legend Chris Ryan with his team’s prize.

The Club was pleased to have the Club’s local Councillor Vicki Howard as well as Michael Hawkes, Editor and Publisher of the New Farm Village News present the winning teams with their awards. Both Vicki and Michael had been associated with the Club’s “Jack Attack” competition. After the event, New Farm Club President Patrick Campbell said that because the Brisbane Open Triples had been a great success the Club would definitely be proceeding with discussions and negotiations to introduce a Ladies open fours carnival in October 2014. Planning is underway to reintroduce the Twamley Cup; “Bowls Queensland has given us the initial ‘go ahead’ – this used to be prestigious and much sought after event in the history of ladies bowls in Queensland and we will be aiming for this to again be the case”. Betty Hertrick, who is a member of New Farm and Vice President of the Brisbane District Ladies, said that the one-day all ladies event scheduled for Sunday 12 October had already secured its major sponsor and that further details would be advertised in the near future. “Many of the Brisbane clubs have interesting events scheduled for the next six months” Betty said. “Our District web site has information on some ten Ladies and other events scheduled, including: 1. Ferny Grove Ladies 7-a-Side in May 2. Samford Ladies Five-a-Side Perpetual Trophy in May 3. Ferny Grove Open Pairs Super Bowl May/June 4. Everton Park Mixed Pairs and Fours Medley in June 5. Everton Park Ladies Triples in June 6. Enoggera Mens/Ladies or Mixed Fours Black Friday in June 7. Ashgrove Patrons Day in June 8. Windsor Ladies Federation Pairs in July 9. Windsor Ladies 6 a Side Medley in September
 10. Toowong October Triples “My advice to bowlers of all standards is that its great fun to play at different clubs and to meet new people. Make sure you don’t miss out on the fun – and it improves your bowls too!” was Betty’s parting advice.“ Check out the details at www.brisdistba.org.au and get your nominations in.


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Bester State Singles Champion Broadbeach’s own Ryan Bester claimed his first State singles title on home greens. Bester who claimed the fours title two years ago added the singles beating Jamie Anderson in the final. Broadbeach was host to all the state finals days, for the singles rain caused havoc for the players all day. In a star studded last 8 which included former champions Sean Baker, Brett Wilkie and Anderson, along with future star Eric Copeland and Nic Gosley, it was anyone’s title for the taking. Bester in the quarter final against former teammate Copeland, ascended to an early lead and lead 17-12. Copeland then played some brilliant ends to score the next nine shots and lead 21-17. Holding four and one bowl left Bester connected to kill the end. On the replay scored one shot and with the mat up the green scored two consecutive three’s to get to 24-21 before claiming a single to advance to the semi. Nic Gosley was Bester’s opponent. Again Bester pulled off to a good start, Nic fought back with heavy rain coming down. A bit to short tho and Bester advanced to the final. The final was a rematch of the last 16 match from last year’s State Championships. Bester pulled off to a 12-0 lead and kept the pressure on Anderson who played a brilliant semi final to beat last year’s champion Brett Wilkie. The Final score 25-10.

Busy Month for Broadbeach Bowls What a busy and successful month for the Broadbeach Bulls. April saw the club host the State Junior Championships alongside Musgrave Hill. The young bowlers were a treat to watch and some future Queensland and Australia reps were on display. May have seen the State District Sides and State Championships held at Broadbeach and clubs on the Gold Coast. Twelve Districts made Broadbeach home for the round robin of the District Sides and on the fabulous greens along with the Division one Finals. Gold Coast District won the Men’s title with Sunshine Coast Woman claiming the title for the second straight year. All State finals have been held at Broadbeach with great fanfare and close heads. Thank you to all the volunteers, markers and umpires for making these competitions a success. More events at Broadbeach for the next five years and beyond.

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Thevator Inno A narrow Bias on narrow Bias... Barry Hamer

R U L E S D A M R U L E S PA R T 5 Following on from last month’s column featuring the lawn bowl it self, I was intrigued listening to some of the chit-chatting by bowlers and others about that article, and somewhat bemused regarding the lack of understanding the bowlers had on how and why setting an approved bias for all the lawn bowls was so critical. As a result of the chit-chats and other comments following on, I felt that such an important aspect of our game needs very serious attention. As an example, following further research I was told that the testing procedures for lawn bowls in New South Wales will be scrapped for lower grades, but retained at a defined point for higher grades, yet to be finalised. Now there may well be a number of reasons for such a statement, however I believe that the greater majority of lawn bowlers would expect to have one universal law regarding the bias of the bowl to apply for all bowlers at all levels. Therefore as long as the approved + or tolerance of the bias is universally agreed to and be approved by law, irrespective as to how and when the bowls are used, say for socials or all competition levels, fairness must not only be seen as credible and fair but be a reality. Now hears the crunch, “what should the bias of the lawn bowl be”? I firmly believe that most bowlers would agree that the bias of the lawn bowl should be subject to strict tolerances according to law at all levels. It is interesting to note that the wide trajectories of the bowls from the 60s up till the 80s were comprehensively and fairly tested, however the wide trajectories of those approved bowls created a number of problems for bowlers endeavouring to deliver bowls inside blocking bowls or keeping such bowls within the confines of a rink.

During the 70s and 80s some bright sparks tampered with the bias of their bowls to make it easier to score certain shots, so perhaps the introduction of a number of modern bowls branded by some as “cheating bowls” today, may have been triggered by those bright sparks cheating long ago? Older players today well remember the wide trajectories of the old rubberised Dunlop bowl, and as the youngest member of the City Bowling club at that time I was awe struck observing the City’s best leads expertly delivering their bowls tracking inside or around blocking bowls to score shots using their tamper free “old bendy bowls”. Therefore it should be noted that during the period of the old “bendy bowls” it required considerable skill and practice to enable a delivered bowl to track inside blocking bowls, and I should like to believe that bowlers acquired skill rather than seeking a type of bowl to do the job for them should be their objective? Well hold the phone, beginners and younger bowlers reading this stuff today you may well ask; how did those old legends draw inside or outside bowls to score? Now believe it or not, changing the trajectory of delivered bowls has a lot to do with the five strategic positions of the feet positioned on the mat, the grip of the bowl in the hand prior to delivery, and the way the bowl is locked by the wrist during the process of delivering critical bowls into complex heads to score shots. However when I was in the process learning how to deliver important shots I was privileged to learn how to develop such techniques from one of Australia’s best bowls (Max Anderson) during the 70s, it took a long time and considerable practice to acquire and execute such skills and I am ever grateful for his expert tutoring.

leads driving opponent’s shots out of ahead instead of contesting the end by drawing skilfully acquired deliveries? Unfortunately it appears that the bias of some modern bowls available today has all but killed off the need to develop the above skills illustrated above? While the techniques above can still be developed on a number of modern bowls considered “normal” today for whatever that means, testing of lawn bowls and related equipment at all levels throughout the world must be absolutely essential. Although some may say it’s too late, the only way to achieve credibility is to ensure that all the testing tables including the master bowl must share one common specification over all to ensure that all lawn bowls tested will meet strict specifications to be fair and legal. Although I have raised these matters in past columns, such strict specifications to ensure that the scope and tolerance affecting the bias of the bowl must allow reasonable scope to deliver a full range of shots, but not so broad or narrow that the tolerance becomes irrelevant. In a nutshell, of the three scopes listed below, only one has the potential to create a realistic bias, kind enough and challenging enough to entice new membership, sponsorship, and spectators to support and enjoy our game now and into the future on TV? 1 A scope too narrow limiting the range of shots available. 2 A scope average enough to approve the range of shots sought. 3 A scope too broad creating too many untested formats. Next month’s column will address option number two above.

I guess that’s why older bowlers including myself today grieve observing talented

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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– Maya Angelou


Australian Jackaroos and A squads named The sport’s top two high performance squads have been announced

In the aftermath of April’s time-honoured Australian Sides Championships, Bowls Australia announced the 20 men and women selected in the sport’s national squad, the Australian Jackaroos, and the eight second-tier Australia A squad members for 2014. The Australian Sides Championships, staged in Tasmania from March 31 to April 3, provided a final opportunity for the national selection panel to confirm the athletes entrusted with international representation for the next 15 months - concluding at the end of the 2015 Australian Open on the Gold Coast in June. Headlining the Jackaroos contingent are the 10 members who booked their ticket to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games last month, including Queensland’s Club Helensvale trio, Lynsey Clarke, Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice, NSW’s Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy, Natasha Scott and Aron Sherriff, Victoria’s Carla Odgers and Matthew Flapper, and South Australia’s Wayne Ruediger. Earning inclusion in the sport’s main squad this year are NSW’s Mathew Pietersen, who last held a position in the squad in 2012, and Anne Johns, who claimed two national titles at February’s Australian Open, while Queensland’s Kristy Thatcher and Victoria’s Samantha Shannahan both earned promotion from the Australia A squad. Demonstrating the generational evolution of the sport at the top high performance tiers, the average age of the Australian Jackaroos squad is a youthful 29.3, with the mean age of the five men 30.7 years, while the average age of the women is only 27.9. Among those unable to retain their positions were NSW’s Shane Garvey and Victoria’s Lisa Phillips. The Australia A squad, which serves as a potential feeder group into the national squad, has been further strengthen with the addition of young blood, with only two of the eight members above 19 years of age. Five players have retained their spot in the contingent, which has been reduced from 20, including South Australian elder statesmen Scott Thulborn, 30, 2012 Australian Open singles champion Aaron Wilson, 2013 National Champion of Champion runner-up Kristina Krstic and the former Under-18 Male and Female Bowler of the Year winners Sean Ingham and Renee McPharlin.

“We are extremely happy with the squad we have assembled and I congratulate the players and look forward to working with them.”

Australian Jackaroos - Men

Matthew Baus (25, Raymond Terrace, NSW) Mark Casey (32, Club Helensvale, QLD) Dylan Fisher (20, Melbourne Bowling Club, VIC) Matthew Flapper (35, Ocean Grove Bowling Club, VIC) Barrie Lester (32, Mulgrave Country Club, VIC) Mathew Pietersen (25, Cabramatta Bowling Club, NSW) Nathan Rice (34, Club Helensvale, QLD) Wayne Ruediger (37, Grange Bowling Club, SA) Aron Sherriff (28, Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club, NSW) Brett Wilkie (39, Club Helensvale, QLD)

Australian Jackaroos - Women

Lynsey Clarke (30, Club Helensvale, QLD) Kelsey Cottrell (23, St Johns Park Bowling Club, NSW) Anne Johns (33, St Johns Park Bowling Club, NSW) Karen Murphy (39, Cabramatta Bowling Club, NSW) Carla Odgers (23, Lalor Bowling Club, VIC) Natasha Scott (23, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, NSW) Samantha Shannahan (24, Avenue Bowling Club, VIC) Kristy Thatcher (28, Tweed Heads Bowls Club, QLD) Claire Turley (30, Cabramatta Bowling Club, NSW) Rebecca Van Asch (26, Invermay Bowling Club, TAS)

Australia A Squad - Men

Matthew Ayres (19, Manning Memorial Bowling Club, WA) Sean Ingham (19, Broadbeach Bowls and Community Club, QLD) Scott Thulborn (30, Adelaide Bowling Club, SA) Aaron Wilson (22, Brighton Bowling Club, VIC)

Australia A Squad - Women

Kristina Krstic (19, Manning Memorial Bowling Club, WA) Renee McPharlin (18, Balaklava Bowling Club, SA) Bolivia Millerick (19, Gin Gin Bowling Club, QLD) Chloe Stewart (18, Kyneton Bowls Club, VIC) In addition to the 28 individuals names in the top two high performance squads, the selection panel has also confirmed the Under-25 players chosen to don the green and gold at the Junior World Cup at Queensland’s Broadbeach Bowls Club from November 10-16.

Girls

Chloe Stewart and Kristina Krstic

Boys

Dylan Fisher and Sean Ingham

Mixed pairs

Chloe Stewart and Dylan Fisher Kristina Krstic and Sean Ingham

Energising the team are the young-gun additions of Western Australia’s Matthew Ayres, 19, Queensland’s Bolivia Millerick, 19, and Victoria’s recently crowned Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year award winner Chloe Stewart, 18. National coach, Steve Glasson OAM believes both line-ups boast world class ability that will see them reach great heights. “I congratulate all the athletes who have been selected, they have all demonstrated exceptional talent and potential and will represent the country with distinction at international competitions over the next year,” Glasson said. “The Jackaroos team boasts the right blend of experience and youth, and the national coaches and selectors are excited about the coming year, particularly the much anticipated Commonwealth Games in few short months time.

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Lawn Bowls Hotspot on

Norfolk Island

For those interested in travelling with friends from your local bowling club ask the Travel Centre about a special club promotion where some accommodation properties provide 1 in 10 bowlers stay free. For larger groups this can be teamed with 1 in 21 bowlers fly free. Conditions apply. For more information contact Norfolk Island Travel Centre on toll free phone 1800 1400 66 email joyce@travelcentre.nf or visit our website www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com

After a successful South Pacific Pairs event in February and the recent popular 54th Bounty Bowls Fours tournament this month, the Norfolk Island Bowling Club is going for a hat trick with TAB Triples 18-22 August. The Norfolk Bowling club is well accustomed to hosting visitors from Australia and New Zealand, they’ve been doing it for 54 years. There’s no secrets with their success it’s a magic mix of friendly competitive bowls, and the opportunity for players to enjoy a holiday on beautiful Norfolk Island. There’s lots to see and do on Norfolk Island including some of the best deep sea fishing around, glass bottom boat tours, breakfast bushwalks and a host of tours and special dinners available for visitors to enjoy. The tournaments are a great reason for partners, family and friends to tag along for the Norfolk Island holiday and the Norfolk club invites all to attend the welcome, presentation and social functions during the week. Immediately after stepping off the plane visitors realise Norfolk Island is a very social and friendly affair. The club is located in the middle of town near cafés, shops and restaurants and accommodation is conveniently located (some next door) to the bowling club, so driving after play is optional. The Norfolk Island Bowls Club also welcomes any clubs looking to travel as a club for a week of social bowls, to meet and play with the locals. Unlike other clubs in Australia and New Zealand the club remains open all year round. It comes as no surprise that the Norfolk Island bowling club makes the most of their climate and hosts tournaments and social games through the year. The Norfolk Island Bowling Club invites bowlers to join them for a tournament or if bowlers prefer to come another time of year, the local club member hospitality and friendship, like their sub-tropical climate, remains a year-round constant. 14 BOWLS PLUS JUNE / JULY 2014


Club Helensvale secures international event

Club Helensvale has won the rights to the 2015-16 World Champion of Champions The Gold Coast region is fast becoming the nation’s lawn bowls’ heartland following a significant announcement by World Bowls and Bowls Australia to host yet another major, world-class event. May’s announcement from the international body and the sport’s largest national governing body awarded Club Helensvale the rights to stage the World Champion of Champions singles showpiece for two consecutive years from 2015. The announcement is a further coup for the Queensland Government and Gold Coast City Council who are already preparing to host the next five Australian Open tournaments over an expected 20 bowls clubs throughout the coastal region, in addition to the 2014 Junior World Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Broadbeach Bowls Club. The World Champion of Champions event was established in 2003 and has been held on Australian soil on three occasions in its 11-year history, including the inaugural event in 2003 at Moama Bowling Club, followed by Warilla Bowling Club a year later, and then again in 2007. Bowls Australia Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple said the announcement reinforces the strength of the sport on the Gold Coast and the capability of clubs in the region to hold major events. “Club Helensvale is one of Australia’s premier clubs; they are the reigning Aero Bowls Premier League Queensland champions and also boast three players within our Glasgow Commonwealth Games team, so they are most capable of hosting international events such as the Champion of Champions,” Dalrymple said.

“The next five years will be a very exciting period for the sport as the Gold Coast becomes a hub of major international competition and we are thrilled to be working closely with the various clubs hosting events and Tourism and Events Queensland to ensure they are all truly world-class.

“Lawn bowls is a core sport of the Commonwealth Games. In addition to the recently announced Australian Open lawn bowls tournament ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, this event further demonstrates our ability to host world-class sporting events,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Australia has a rich history of success in the Champion of Champions event with five winners in the event’s 11 years of competition, including three consecutive men’s winners with Leif Selby winning in 2008, Brett Wilkie in 2009 and Aron Sherriff in 2010.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism Destination Success outlines the need to support events which drive repeat visitation to our destinations. Securing participatory sporting events such as this for the state will help deliver on our election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.”

“In the women’s, Kelsey Cottrell made it an Aussie double when she claimed the title alongside Wilkie in 2009, while Karen Murphy is the reigning champion after her success in 2013.” Club Helensvale General Manager Len Brunt said securing this event not only affirms his club’s strength on the Gold Coast, but also a much wider region. “The World Champion of Champion singles is of the great events on the World Bowls calendar each year and we are thrilled to be the first Queensland club to ever host the event, and even more thrilled as one of our club’s great players in Brett Wilkie is a former winner,” Brunt said. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said securing the World Champion of Champions for the Gold Coast was another great coup for the region, reinforcing Queensland’s growing reputation as a premier event and holiday destination.

World Bowls Chief Executive Gary Smith congratulated Club Helensvale and applauded Bowls Australia for the obtaining the rights to stage the significant international event. “World Bowls is delighted that Club Helensvale will be hosting our prestigious singles World Champion of Champions in 2015 and 2016 and greatly appreciates not only their commitment to host these events but also the exemplary continued support from Bowls Australia in relation to the hosting of World Bowls events,” Smith said. “Whilst many seasoned international representatives will no doubt feature in these events, for some it may be their first opportunity to appear on the international stage, as all competitors will be competing by virtue of winning their national singles titles not via any selection process, and I have no doubt that for those who will be involved in these events it will be an experience they will treasure for the rest of their lives.” JUNE / JULY 2014 BOWLS PLUS 15


‘Touchers’

– An anachronism we should do without Chalking a bowl. What does it signify? In years past when all bowls were the same, (“Henselite Super Grip”), (yes, I know, there were Wolfs, Slazengers and Dunlops, but they were from an even distant era); “touchers” weren’t so common and belonged more to the ‘deliberate’ class. So they could be tolerated. Since the advent of the much narrower bowl, touchers have become more prevalent and much more significant as far as results are concerned. The fact is that a very large number of the touchers that do occur are accidental. They result from poor bowls that are both narrow and heavy. And yet they get given a bonus, as though they were better than an accurate draw bowl. Can anyone see any logic in that? Consider: Lead A plays heavy and narrow, knocks the jack a half metre sideways and his bowl continues to within a few centimetres of the ditch. His bowl is chalked. Lead B draws to within 20 millimetres of the displaced jack and receives nothing (save the congratulations of his team). Lead A has a toucher (a poor bowl), which may well turn out to be a deciding factor in the end and in the game. Where is the sense in that? Again: After third A has played a position bowl, third B is asked to trail the jack a metre and does so. He has played a good bowl. But, (ignoring the end result, which could favour either team), is that any better than third A’s defensive draw to cover? If not, why does B’s bowl get chalked? Even if the jack in the above scenario goes straight to A’ bowl, B’s bowl is favoured by the rules. That is surely nonsensical. So what about driving the jack into the ditch? Yes it’s a good shot. But does it deserve a bonus that allows it to be live in the ditch? Should it, under any circumstance, be unbeatable? Is it so much better or more skilful than any other shot during a game? While the target is bigger, surely a drive or heavy on-shot to remove an opponent’s bowl is almost as difficult and there is no chalk involved there. More often than not, players drive when they are in trouble having been outplayed up to that point. Getting rid of touchers would add another, and more interesting facet to the game and driving would take a little more thought. In my opinion, the drive has become far too significant in modern times with modern bowls and favours the younger, stronger players. Getting rid of touchers would simply make the ultra aggressive players put a little more thought into the consequences; and that should be good for the game. So… getting rid of touchers would stop favouring bad bowls, and make all other bowls equal, regardless of the type of shot. After all, would anyone who has played the game for any length of time regard an on-shot to be any more worthy than a draw? Draw, trail / sit or drive; they are all very important plays and none should be treated more favourably under the Laws of the game than any other. Considering that a gentle trail is actually a draw, I believe that getting rid of touchers would cause all players to value the draw above any other shot. Which, in my opinion, is how it was always intended and how it should be. (And, yes. I do drive; for both advantage and of necessity. I do it reasonably well and I enjoy it!) - Frank Fox 16 BOWLS PLUS JUNE / JULY 2014

TWEED HEADS MEN’S BOWLS CLUB Taylor Bowls Super Challenge

Tweed Heads Gold Ladies qualified for the play-offs on 22/23 March but lost both rinks to Mooloolaba which finished their season. The Tweed Heads Men’s Silver division qualified in 12th position on percentages going into the play-off series on Saturday April 5 and were drawn to play Paradise Point at Musgrave Hill. The result of this game was that Paradise Point won 3 rinks to 2 advancing to game two of this play-offs series against Musgrave Hill. The overall results of the 2014 Taylor Bowls Super Challenge for all divisions is as follows. The Bronze finals were completed on March 29/30 at Tweed Head with Toombal Men defeating Coolangatta 3 rinks to 2 and the Bronze Ladies was won by Kawana defeating Cleveland on both rinks. Bronze Men conducted a secondary competition and in the final Wynum defeated Caboolture Lakes on all 5 rinks The Silver division finals were played on Sunday April 13 at Algester Sports and the winners were Bribie Island defeating Musgrave Hill, 5 rinks to nil, in the Men’s and in the Ladies section, West Toowoomba defeated Paradise Point on both rinks. The Gold finals were also played on Sunday April 13 at Algester Sports with Mooloolaba beating Burleigh Heads 3 rinks to 2 in the Men’s and the Ladies final went to Club Kawana defeating Musgrave Hill on both rinks.

Tweed Valley Shield

This competition wound up on Monday March 31 at the 2014 host club, South Tweed. With 2 rounds to complete Kingscliff were allowed to maintain it’s lead in A division and go on to win the shield for 2014 and in B division Coolangatta maintained their lead to win this division. Tweed Heads was runners-up in A division 4 points behind winners, Kingscliff and in B division finished in 3rd place 6 ½ points behind neighbouring club, Coolangatta. Again as in previous years this popular Monday afternoon competition was keenly contested between the six clubs and all involved cannot wait for January 2015 to come around.

CARNIVAL RESULTS:

The Tweed Heads Men’s Open Pairs carnival held on Monday April 7 with the following major winners. 1st place Karl Figura and Steve Goodman from Tweed Heads with 6 + 50; 2nd place to Nev Jenkins and Brendan Hoey [South Tweed] with 6 + 29; 3rd place Jim Cook and Ian Taylor [Kingscliff ] with 6 + 27 and 4th place to Greg Ash and Murray James [Tweed Heads] with 6 + 25. The Tweed Heads Men’s Autumn Pairs carnival was held on Monday May 5 with the following major winners. 1st place: Bernie Lambton and Abdul Latif [comp] 6 + 37; 2nd place: on countback went to Murray James and Max Jaffray [Tweed Heads] with 6 + 27; 3rd place: to Nick Separovich and Greg Ash with 6 + 27 and 4th place: to John Wyper and Richard Scott with 6+ 26. In each carnival there were 10 section winners and a Mystery Prize.

CLUB CARNIVALS FOR 2014

For the information of all bowlers throughout the area this magazine covers following are the dates for the balance of 2014 carnivals to be conducted by both the Men’s and Ladies clubs at Tweed Heads.

TWEED HEADS MEN:

Men’s Consolation Fours [Winter Carnival] – Friday July 11 – open June 16, close July 7 Winter Mixed Pairs – Monday August 4 – open Friday July 11, close July 30 All players note that the Spring Mixed Pairs – Monday September 1 has been cancelled. Total prize money for all Pairs carnivals is $1,500, Triples $2,250 and Fours $3,000 Entry Fee to all Men’s carnivals is now $25.00 per player which includes – Morning Tea, Lunch, After Game Nibbles AND 3 games of bowls. Note all registered bowlers are welcome to enter into any or all of these carnivals. For more information contact Bowls Co-ordinator, Paul Girdler, 07 5506 8157, email to mensclub@thbc.com.au or post to Games Director, PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485.

TWEED HEADS LADIES

Open Singles – Tuesday June 24 to Friday June 26 Spring Medley – Monday September 8 Classic Pairs – Monday October 13. Indoor Interclub Fours Challenge Monday November 3. Major/Minor Pairs – Monday November 17 For more information such as opening and closing dates, prizemoney and conditions of play of these events please contact the Games Director [Judy Pearce] 07 5536 3800 [after hours 07 5523 2286/ Mob: 0402 185 925] or email to: ladiesclub@thbc.com.au or post to Games Director, Ladies Club, PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485. Note that all registered lawn bowlers are welcome to enter into any or all of the above events where applicable.

MAJOR EVENTS

Dates for the major events conducted by the Tweed Heads Bowls Club for 2014 are as follows. Tweed Prestige Open Mixed Singles open to all eligible bowlers – Sunday June 29 to Wednesday July 2 - check club’s website for more details. Silver Nugget Under 25 Singles, Male and Female, Invitational event Monday July 21 to Wednesday July 23 winners receive wildcard entry into Golden Nugget. Junior Golden Nugget [Indoor event] Male and Female under 18 Invitational event Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3. 28th Golden Nugget Invitational Prestige Singles, Monday August 11 to Thursday August 14 The invitational field for this event was published in the April/May edition of this magazine. Australian Indoor Singles, [Male and Female State qualifiers]: Monday August 18 to Thursday August 21. Note: All events and dates are subject to change so please check the Tweed Heads Bowls Club website for latest. - Bernie Fletcher, Publicity Officer.


SILVER NUGGET

Australia’s Rising Stars will once again bless Tweed Heads Bowls Club Greens, where the Country’s Best 18 to Under 25 Bowlers will compete in this year’s Under 25 Silver Nugget Prestige Invitation Singles.

The Men’s field is led by current Australian Open Singles Champion Nathan Wilson from Victoria. Nathan will have his work cut out with a wealth of young talent including New South Wales current State Singles Champion Ben Twist, and Current Australia A Representative Sean Ingham from Broadbeach just to name a few. The ladies field has the who’s who ladies of young talent with last year’s winner Sarah Boddington hoping to defend her title. There’s a number of lady bowlers will challenge Sarah to take out this year’s title including Last Year’s runner up Elise Cowan, and Australian A Squad members, Rechelle Cole, Kristina Krstic, Kelly Richards, Chloe Stewart, and Current Junior Golden Nugget Champion Renee McPharlin. There is an International flair to this year’s event; with New Zealand sending Under 25 Representatives Greg Ruaporo and Kirsten Griffin. Adding another dimension, New South Wales bowling association are running 4 qualifying events with a State final and the eventual winner of the Men’s and Ladies receiving a wildcard entry to this event. With the Australian Open starting in 2015, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games all held on the Gold Coast, all players will be out to impress, and stamp their mark on our event. Australian Selector Sam Clough will be in attendance watching our countries rising stars perform. The winners of both the Men’s and Ladies receive a wildcard entry to the Golden Nugget, and will be looking to carry their excellent performances into our ‘Jewel of the Crown’ event. The event starts on Monday 21st July with the finals played on Wednesday 23rd July. Play starts at 8.30am each day.

MEN’S FIELD Ayres, Matthew Ingham, Sean McWhinney, Dean Miles, Matthew Northcott, Matthew Patterson, Daniel Ruaporo, Greg Teys, Aaron Twist, Ben Wild, Robert WILDCARD NSW Wilson, Nathan

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The Tweed Heads Bowls Club is once again hosting the Prestige Open Mixed Singles for 2014. This prestigious event attracts bowlers from all over Australia and New Zealand, with the best performed Lady and Man receiving a wildcard entry to the ‘Jewel of the Crown’ Golden Nugget Singles. A number of top players will be on show, including World Champions Mark Casey, Ryan Bester, and Current Champion Kelvin Kerkow. The winner receives a cheque for $ $5,000. Last year had a full field of 256 players, with a

WOMEN’S FIELD Boddington, Sarah Cole, Rechelle Cowan, Elise Dickson, Breeanna Griffin, Kirsten Jones, Natasha Krstic, Kristina McPharlin, Renee Millerick, Cassandra Richards, Kelly Stewart, Chloe WILDCARD NSW

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number of reserves, so be in quick to secure your entry. Entries can be done online on our clubs website www.thbc.com.au Play starts on the Tweed Heads Bowls Clubs outdoor greens from Sunday, 29 June and continues through until the final on Wednesday, 2 July. Check out updated results on Tweed Heads Bowls Club website – www.thbc.com.au Ample gallery grandstand so come along and enjoy some great bowls!

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Queensland men finish unbeaten to capture national silverware QLD have claimed the honours at the Sides Championships Queensland put the finishing touches on a stunning Alley Shield campaign in April by concluding the 55-year time-honoured competition without a blemish to its name. The Maroon men seized the opportunity to claim their 13th title at the time-honoured Australian Sides Championships in the penultimate round a day early after reaching an unassailable lead, but there was further cause for celebration on the final day’s play after they capped off the event with a perfect 7-0 record - which had a dramatic affect on the the overall state champion standings. With five teams squared on four victories in the women’s competition prior to the last round, Queensland’s men’s emphatic three-rink victory over South Australia meant the Maroons also secured the Overall State Champions Trophy outright without the need for a result across the green in the women’s event. Having only been introduced in 2008, Queensland have now attained the overall honours on three occasions, their last in 2009, behind only NSW who won from 2010-2013. The battle for the women’s Marj Morris Trophy went down to the wire, with the NSW blues scrapping across the finish line, courtesy of a three-final final rubber victory over Tasmania, to claim their ninth honour in the women’s competition’s 35-year history - a hat trick for state after 2012-2013.

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While the Maroon men and the Blue women captured the silverware for their states, it was a complete reversal for the best performed rink honours, with NSW’s Aron Sherriff and Queensland’s Pamela Rowe awarded for their consistency across the tournament. Alley Shield results 1. Queensland (7 wins, 10 rinks), 2. NSW (5, 15.5), 3. Victoria (5, 14.5), 4. South Australia (4, 12.5), 5. Tasmania (3, 9.5), 6. Western Australia (2, 10), 7. ACT (2, 7), 8. Northern Territory (0, 5)

Marj Morris results 1. NSW (5 wins, 15 rinks), 2. Queensland (5, 13.5), 3. Victoria (5, 13), 4. South Australia (4, 9.5, -22 net shots), 5. Tasmania (4, 9.5, -36), 6. Western Australia (3, 9.5), 7. ACT (2, 10), 8. Northern Territory (0, 5) Overall State Champions results 1. Queensland (24 wins, 30.5 rinks), 2. NSW (20, 30.5), 3. Victoria (20, 27.5), 4. South Australia (16, 22), 5. Tasmania (14, 19), 6. Western Australia (10, 19.5), 7. ACT (8, 17), 8. Northern Territory (0, 10)


KAWANA KEEPS ROLLING ALONG! SCDLBA 2014 Singles Champion, Jane Bush.

Above: Kawana players and supporters celebrate the women’s Bronze Super Challenge victory.

After qualifying in all six Divisions, Club Kawana has created history by becoming the first club to win two Divisions in Bowls Super Challenge Queensland The Kawana women’s Gold side successfully defended their title against the previously unbeaten Musgrave Hill in the final, easily winning both triples and fours. The historic win came hot on the heels of the Kawana women’s Bronze side claiming the club’s first Super Challenge title in 2014, with a solid win against Cleveland in the final payed at Tweed Heads. The Bronze side had an extremely tough battle against Bramble Bay in their quarter final clash, prevailing by just four shots overall. The semi final contest against Indooroopilly was even more exciting as the Kawana Thunderbirds trailed by ten shots with only ten ends to play, before mounting a spirited recovery to get up 45/42. In the final, despite a mid-match hiccup in the triples, both teams showed their class in the final with Claire McGrath, Rebecca Rixon, Sandy Clough and skip, Marion Hewish winning the fours 23/14, and Faye Whittaker, Di Viterale and Bette Jones finishing with a 28-all draw in the triples, to give Club Kawana the 2014 Women’s Bronze title 51/42. The win was made especially memorable with so many Club Kawana members travelling to the Gold Coast to support and cheer their side to victory. Additional ‘thunderous’ applause rocked Tweed

Heads when Super Challenge officials announced that the Kawana women’s bronze team won the best fours team performance in both men and women’s Bronze division in Queensland. With a plethora of star players, Kawana Thunder strutted their stuff in the final of the women’s Gold final against Musgrave Hill, played at Algester Sports Club. Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Julie Keegan, claimed her fifth straight Super Challenge title after guiding her fours team of Carol Williams, Faye Clarke and Jane Bush to an easy 24/9 win. Musgrave Hill led 10/2 after six ends in the triples, but Liza Burgess, Noelene Dutton and State skip, Louise Witton, epitomized the relentless and ruthless attitude that all champion teams possess, and fought back to record an amazing 26/18 victory, and securing back-to-back victories for Kawana Thunder in the women’s Gold division. Kawana continued their recent dominance of District events when Jane Bush won the SCDLBA Singles Championship after defeating Caloundra’s Jan Davidson, 25/10 in the final. Jane also knocked out last year’s singles champion, and Kawana club mate, Carole McDonald, in the quarter final 25/14 and went on the claim her twelfth District title.

Above: Kawana Thunderbirds, Julie Keegan, Jane Bush, Louise Witton, Noelene Dutton, Carol Williams, Liza Burgess and Faye Clarke win back to back women’s Super Challenge Gold titles.

Winning smiles from QLD U18 Singles Champion, Connie Rixon (right), with good friend April Wilson from Helensvale Australian Open women’s pairs winner, Emma Brown, and Club Kawana coach Ian Schuback, teamed together to claim another District title for Club Kawana when they took out the District Mixed Pairs against another Kawana combination of Kiani Andersen and Michael Keegan 19/14. The depth of talent at Club Kawana is not restricted to the seniors, as two junior players added Queensland titles to their growing list of achievements when Connie Rixon and Joel Andersen won the State Under 18 singles and pairs championship respectively. Connie played Australian junior representative and Helensvale player April Wilson in the final, and the Kawana youngster proved far too consistent, winning 21/16. Young gun, Joel ‘Billy’ Andersen teamed with Cohen Litfin to defeat Aussie Under 18 singles champion, Braiden Leese, and Steven Queensland U18 pairs Savage 19/18 in the champion, Joel ‘Billy’ Andersen. pairs final after winning their quarter and semi finals also by a single shot. Immediately after the final, State coach, Bill Cornehls, announced the new 16-player junior Queensland squad which included Kawana’s Connie and Rebecca Rixon. Kawana’s Paul O’Brien and Helensvale’s Brett Wilkie have won through to the Australian PBA qualifying event for a spot in the world’s richest event, the World Indoor Singles Championships. O’Brien defeated former English representative, Steve Halmai,11/9, 4/4 in the final at Tweed Heads, while Wilkie defeated another Kawana player, Mike Newton, in the final qualifying match. JUNE / JULY 2014 BOWLS PLUS 19


The Prime Minister’ s Cup shows no sign of losing its popularity and remains an annual challenge for many bowlers...

THE PRIME MINISTERS CUP at Deception Bay Bowls Club

A BRIEF HISTORY: In 1984, the inaugural Prime Minister’s Cup was presented by Bob Hawke, Prime Minister, and Deane Wells, MP. (Note: Subsequent to this year, Deane Wells changed his name to Dean Wells as it remains today). The PM Cup was to be contested annually, at Redcliffe City Bowls Club, by mixed teams of four, comprised of 2 men and 2 ladies. Initially, the competition was for members of Bowls Clubs in the Federal Electorate of Petrie. This was quickly extended to allow any mixed

teams to compete for the trophy each year. The Cup’s Charter, compiled by the presenters, provides a number of requirements which MUST be met to participate in each competition. The most important clause refers to the permanent name of the Cup, ie Prime Minister’s Cup. The trophy is a personal trophy, not a Government trophy, as one co-presenter was Prime Minister at the time the Cup was inaugurated. Because the name is derived from an

historical event, the trophy will still be referred to as the Prime Minister’s Cup when Bob Hawke ceases to be Prime Minister.

teams seeking to win the Cup and have the honour of holding the much sought after trophy at their Club until the next year.

The Charter also provides for : Rules may be waived, added to or varied only by Mr Dean Wells or his heir. This condition remains for the life of the trophy and competition.

In December 2010, Redcliffe City RSL BC closed its doors and its greens for the last time with serious concerns about the condition of the aged clubhouse.

The rules also provided for the Cup to be originally retained at the Redcliffe City Bowls Club until the first contest for the trophy. The successful Club then retains the Cup until 8 weeks prior to the next competition, when it would be returned to the Redcliffe City BC for the next year’s competition.

Consequently, the oldest bowls club on the Redcliffe Peninsula ceased to operate into 2011. The Club was 84 years old at its closure and had enjoyed a frenetic existence in that time.

The first winners were a team from the RSL Services Social Club, playing out of Redcliffe City BC and they were followed by a Redcliffe City BC team who were successful in both 1985 and 1986. In the year 2000, the trophy was won again by the newly­named RSL Bowls Club who had relocated their home to Scarborough Bowls Club. Redcliffe City BC were experiencing financial difficulties at this time and the 2001 competition was conducted at Scarborough BC for that year as a result.

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The 2001 competition was consequently won, in a tight result, by a team from Redcliffe City BC who would hold the trophy until the following year. In November 2001, well after that year’s competition, Redcliffe City BC went into voluntary liquidation and the Club merged with the Redcliffe RSL Club and became the Redcliffe City RSL BC. With the blessing of the Parent Body, the newly named Club became eligible to continue to meet the provisions of the Cup’s Charter and hosted the competition in 2002 at the same location, in Bowling Green Lane, Redcliffe, that the competition had begun. The annual competition continued to be contested annually with all

Early discussions were held with Mr Dean Wells by concerned bowlers in early 2011and the decision was made to add a clause to the Cup’s Charter to provide that the competition ‘s venue for 2011 and subsequent years would be Deception Bay BC, which was seen as a very positive and apt move at that time in the Cup’s history. Throughout the entire history of the Prime Minister’s Cup competition, since 1984, Dean Wells has continued to be the vital cog in the operations of the competition and has remained a very active participant. This participation is appreciated by those who continue to conduct the annual competition with dedication. At the conclusion of the 2013 competition, it was noted that two Clubs, Redcliffe City / Redcliffe City RSL BC and Deception Bay BC have been jointly the most successful Clubs in winning the trophy seven (7) times. Interestingly, the two Clubs have hosted the competition for all but one of the years from 1984 to 2013. For a competition that has been running for thirty years, the Prime Minister’ s Cup shows no sign of losing its popularity and remains an annual challenge for many bowlers.


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Bolton Flat Green Bowling Club welcomes Commonwealth Games stars By Vickie Scullard, News feature writer

Bowls England sent its competing sides to the bowling club, in Gorses Road (including the visually impaired and paraplegic teams) and they took part in a number of games. Among the players were existing ladies singles champion Natalie Melmore, and John Bell, performance director at Bowls England. The visit was also part of the Bolton club’s celebration at the completion of their new playing surface, which has not been replaced since 2005. The £72,000 carpet was funded through the club itself, a grant from Viridor Credits, and a loan from Bowls England. As well as its own games, the club hosts county games as well as charity events, such as the Transplant Games, which is being held

this year in Bolton between August 7 and 10. Club president Ken Hayes said: “It was a fantastic weekend, weather aside, and it was an honour to host the Bowls England teams. “We played a number of games on our new carpet, although on the Sunday the torrential rain got the better of us. We played two sessions against the Commonwealth squad before bringing in members from other clubs, including Heaton Hall, to strengthen our team for the third session. “The players came back on the Sunday for a club practice session but the weather was so bad that the green was unplayable, which was a shame. I am looking forward to seeing their performance at the Commonwealth Games - hopefully, they thought we put up a good show for them.” Bolton’s Graham Booth in action JUNE / JULY 2014 BOWLS PLUS 21


Southport Bowls Club succeeds in reversing the trends

Although many bowls clubs have been facing difficulties over the last few years with reducing membership and financial problems, Southport Bowls Club has succeeded in reversing the trend and is now eagerly anticipating a rewarding future. Membership numbers are on the increase following efforts to bring new and existing bowlers into the club. We offer free tuition and mentoring to all new bowlers, while existing bowlers really do find us “the friendliest club on the coast”. Our bowlers are having success in inter-club competitions. We competed in the finals of the Premier 7’s, and are in the finals in the hard fought District - Mid Week Challenge. Last year we were runners up in the Pennant flag that we had won the year before. To be financially successful we now ensure the club facilities are being well utilised - not only for club functions but also for additional functions, corporate days, training courses, barefoot bowls groups, weddings, birthday and engagement parties, bucks and hens parties, or just good old fashioned get togethers. Barefoot parties are so much fun - we find groups return time and time

again. We welcome the younger generation who breathe new and fresh life into our club. In fact Southport Bowls Club has embarked on a Junior Development Program, with assistance from the Department of Recreation Sport and Racing and also with participation from Mark Casey Bowls Australia Community Development Officer for South East Queensland. Our aim is to change the perception in the community that the game we love, is only for seniors. Early days in the junior program the primary school children, who joined us in an after school activities course, just loved learning new ball skills and competing in a sport everyone could do, from 6 year old upwards. We hope over the next few years to cover all age groups of students and young people. We offer free equipment, free tuition and will be running regular events just for the young. Anyone interested can contact Jill Peters on 0755 312 626. We intend to conduct school sports curriculum courses for both primary and high schools in our local area. Southport has reached its centenary this year and we look forward to the celebrations planned for

Southport “Warm Up Winter Carnival” and Centenary Celebrations attract good entries The “Winter Carnival Warm Up” introduced by Southport as a pre cursor for the Gold Coast Tweed Winter Bowls Carnival, has already attracted Australia wide and New Zealand entries. This has been generously sponsored for the last 3 years by “Grande Pacific Lifestyle Retirement Resorts” at Southport. We are celebrating our 100 year Anniversary this year and have declared the event our Centenary Carnival. We have also scheduled additional events, Ladies Fours District Championships 9th May14

including a Celebration Dinner for invited guests, life members, club members and friends on 5th July 2014. Individual events for the Centenary Winter Carnival Warm Up are as follows: • Sunday 15th June – Centenary Open Prawn Day Pairs. (9.30am – 12.30pm) • Sunday 29th June – Centenary Open Two Bowl Triples. (3 games - 18 ends) • Monday 30th June – Centenary Open Welcome Pairs. (3 games – 15 ends) • Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd July – Centenary Open Warm Up Fours. • Sunday 20th July - Centenary Life Members Day. • Sunday 27th & Monday 28th July – Centenary Open Classic Pairs. • Sunday 3rd August – Centenary Open Prawn Day Pairs. (9.30am – 12.30pm) For further enquiry please contact the events coordinator :- Men’s President, Brad Carbis 0416 206 947 email: crab@winshop.com.au

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our 100th year. Our greens are being well used. We have just had some of the events for the State District Sides Championships on the 7th-10th May, and the State Championships on the 12th, 18th, 20th and 21st May at Southport club. In the next 6 months, added to our regular weekly bowling program, are special Prawn Days and Champagne Breakfasts, the District Pennant Competition which begins in July and the Southport special events for 2014 :• 29th June - Centenary Open Two Bowl Triples • 30th June – Centenary Welcome Pairs • 1st & 2nd July – Centenary Warm Up Fours • From 3rd July - Gold Coast – Tweed Winter Bowls Carnival Winter Carnival • 20th July – Centenary Life Members Day • 27th & 28th July – Centenary Classic Pairs • 3rd August – Centenary Open Prawn Day Pairs ��� 1st – 9th November - Pan Pacific Masters Games We have received accolades for our 3 beautiful greens, some say the best on the coast. We welcome everyone to come bowl with us and see for themselves. Games available are detailed on our web site: www.southport bowls.com.au.

2014 Pan Pacific Masters Games November 2014 Southport has hosted the past four Pan Pacific Masters Games and will once again host the Lawn Bowls events in 2014 including a Melbourne Cup Luncheon. The 9th Pan Pacific Masters Games and will be held from the 1st to 9th November 2014on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The world’s largest biennial masters games will showcase competition in more than 40 sports including a vast array of team sports such as netball, softball and baseball and individual sports including athletics, archery and taekwondo. More than 12,000 participants from Queensland, interstate and overseas are expected to converge on one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, to compete in one of Australia’s premier multi-sport events. The only criteria for entry is a minimum age for each sport.


Nambour Bowlers Create History

Nambour players assembled in readiness for the inaugural Pennant competition in 1937 Formed in 1932, the Nambour Bowls Club was one of four bowling clubs which pioneered the game on what was formerly known as the North Coast. Just five years later, a suggested interclub competition became a reality. The generous donation by a Nambour member of a pennant for presentation to the winning club assured subsequent reference to the annual event as “Pennant”, which still continues some 77 years later in a similar format.

ships at Kedron, Hamilton and Balmoral. Winning the State Singles Championship in 1948 and playing for Queensland were among the highlights of an amazing career which commenced in Nambour. George is also credited with the formation of the Queensland Blinded Ex-Servicemen’s Bowling Club and was awarded Life Membership for his important contributions.

at the age of 50. Four years later she was elected as Treasurer and performed this role with a passion for an astonishing 32 years. Her prowess on the greens was equally impressive. Among her greatest achievements was winning the Club Championship Triples with Nada O’Donnell and Flo Achurch six times and ending runners-up on two other occasions. Helen was a member of winning Fours and Pairs teams and also finished runner-up in the Club Singles. Helen shared her love of bowls with late husband and Life Member Bill Levitt who was also a Club stalwart for many years. It was fitting that Helen’s achievements and contributions also be recognised with Life Membership and this honour was duly bestowed upon her as well as the role of Club Patroness. At a special 100th Birthday Afternoon Tea held in her honour at the Nambour Bowls Club recently, Helen was thrilled to meet and engage with many old acquaintances including an impressive gathering of Life Members. At this function a special 100 Year Medallion was presented on behalf of Bowls Queensland.

From obscurity during the Club’s formative years rose a small man with a big heart and a passion for lawn bowls. Foundation member George Jarrett returned from overseas service in World War 1 battle scarred and suffering the effects of mustard gas poisoning. Self educated and eager to learn, George began selling motor cars and radios in the 1930s to support his growing family.

Helen Levitt proudly displays her 100 Year Medallion watched by Club members Graham Morton and Don Angus.

Helen Levitt is a spritely little lady who has also achieved many great things in her lifetime. Not only has she left an indelible mark on lawn bowls and her beloved Nambour Bowls Club but Mrs Levitt capped it all off recently by celebrating her 100th birthday. Helen, as she prefers to be called by her many friends, commenced her bowling career in 1964 with the Nambour Ladies Bowling Club

Mrs Helen Levitt is truly a remarkable lady who has provided inspiration for many throughout her life. She may no longer play bowls but she still remembers that the “little ring goes on the inside” and insists that the books must always balance. Congratulations and well done Helen from the Queensland lawn bowls community. Life Members: (left to right) Standing : Ray Capper, Jack Lake, Joan Ormes, Rex Thorogood, Margaret Thorogood Seated : Jim Britten, Helen Levitt, Mavis Balkin.

George Jarrett in action coaching a blind bowler

His initiatives led to the establishment of the town’s first radio station and many other improvements to community services. George Jarrett quickly became accomplished at lawn bowls and won the Club Singles in 1938 before the family moved to Brisbane where he captured a swag of club championJUNE / JULY 2014 BOWLS PLUS 23


Bulimba Memorial Bowls Club

Reef & Beef Mens Fours

Beautiful clear skied Sunday morning and blowy winds greeted the twenty-six teams intent on competitive bowls and fabulous lunch at Bulimba memorial Bowls Club on the 4th of May. Brian Mowat, the industrious and jovial organizer, had his work cut out for the previous three months to manage three games of fours for the day plus a banquet of prime rob fillet and bottomless supply of juicy prawns straight from the Grainger Trawler and 16 raffle draws. This annual Reef and Beef Sunday is the main event on Bulimba’s calendar and it did go off for all who attended. Gracious sponsors enabled the banquet and prize money of $1,560.

The Winning team: Wayne Johns and Anthony Neven (at front), Ron Cronk (middle back), Louie Surrentino (right). Sponsors: Sam Mayne (back left) and Chris Carnes (back middle).

Teams, not necessarily club based, from as far away as Helensvale competed with their oppositions and the wind with narrow points scoring everywhere. The scoring for the three games was based upon ends won and overall win. Only two teams won all three games. The winning team was Wayne Johns, Anthony Neven, Ron Cronk and Louie Surrentino. The Reef and Beef at Bulimba is on the first Sunday in May each year so I recommend that you mark your 2015 diary now for a full day of all inclusive great bowls and dining. 24 BOWLS PLUS JUNE / JULY 2014

The men tucking into the endless supply of juicy prawns.


2nd State Pairs Title for the Two Seans

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Sean Baker and Sean Ingham took out their second Queensland State Pairs title last week in blistering fashion when they blew away their opponents Anthony Williams and Mick Roy with a 31-1 victory in the final at Broadbeach BC.

The Team Henselite pair seemed unstoppable as they shot out of the blocks but the pair remained humble in their assessment of the win. “In the final a couple of heads went our way which may not have. If they’d gone their way it would have been a totally different story,” said Sean Ingham. Sean Baker told Bowls Queensland “We’d never throw in the towel, but it was played in such a good spirit. It came off today, but we might be on the end of it next week.” They didn’t have it all their way throughout the tournament however    and had to play some brilliant, confident bowls to get out of a couple of tight spots. “We only just managed to get out of our section, we  won the last game by one or two on the last end. And then we met Eric Copeland and his partner and they had us down 11-1 but we  grouped in and got back in front,” said Sean Ingham.

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Sean Baker used his Henselite Fusions throughout the tournament  “We played on a few different surfaces and the Fusions were great on  all of them. They held a nice line and didn’t drift in the wind”.

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The Palms Village Situated just minutes from Tweed Heads/Coolangatta, the over 50’s ‘Pet Friendly’ Palms Village is ideally located enjoy everything the Gold Coast, Tweed Valley and Tweed Coast have to offer in a secure environment. This immaculately presented two bedroom home has views from the shady entrance verandah and kitchen bay window across manicured gardens to the swimming pool. The home boasts spacious open plan living areas with high raked ceilings and Panasonic reverse cycle air-conditioning for comfort. The living areas, kitchen and laundry were tiled less than 3 years ago. The two generously sized and carpeted bedrooms have built-in robes; master with ceiling fans. The kitchen has light stone-effect laminate bench-tops/work surfaces, plenty of storage and is complemented with an almost new Westinghouse fan-forced oven and LG dishwasher. The good sized, tiled bathroom has a large corner shower with easy access, a new vanity unit and there is a separate toilet. A carport adjoins the home and there is an internal laundry and garden shed. Solar panels and a 1.5Kw inverter have recently been installed and there is an electric hot water service.

This elegant, light-filled home is in perfect condition and would be perfect for those just wishing to move in and enjoy their new home with nothing left to do! Village amenities include 2 swimming pools, spa, BBQ areas, club house, social club, gym/fitness area and holding yard for boats/ vans etc.

Tweed Broadwater Village Absolute waterfront property!!! This neatly presented and spacious home is situated on the village perimeter and features a large open plan lounge and dining/kitchen area with spectacular views of the adjoining reserve and the Terranorra Broadwater Creek.

over 50’s village is just a stroll to the Tweed River and there is public transport at the entrance to the park. This well presented home comprises two generously sized, carpeted bedrooms complemented with mirrordoor robes and ceiling fans.

Situated just minutes from Tweed Heads/Coolangatta the ‘Pet Friendly’

The bathroom and separate toilet were fully renovated less than two years ago and are both fully tiled. The bathroom comprises of a large, new vanity and shower recess with easy access that would ideally suit someone who has restricted mobility.

“Lifestyle Village & Residential Park Specialist”

The vinyl floored kitchen has plenty of storage/cupboard space with peach coloured bench-tops/work surfaces and contrasting cream coloured flat panel doors. The kitchen is complemented with tiled splash-backs, a stainless steel double sink, and a Westinghouse electric stove. The home has an internal laundry, a large garden shed and an electric hot-water service. Adjoining the home is a large carport with good-headroom and space for up to two large vehicles. This lavish and light-filled home is perfect for those who love to entertain at home and enjoy an outdoor life style.

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It’s All About Lifestyle Where home owners come together to celebrate, relax, socialise, A sense of community and belonging and the pursuit of happiness

Space…with lots of room to stretch, another thing our lifestyle community has in common. It’s all about building a community, not just houses… We pride ourselves on our GreenSmart Energy Efficiency, it’s just a smarter move and it’s good for the environment too….With emphasis placed on preserving our planet, our homes come with up to 9.5 energy efficient rating thanks to innovative features including natural ventilation and more. Homes have been carefully designed for the over 55’s lifestyle incorporating functionality and easy access, particularly in the kitchen, bathroom and en suite. Wanting to travel, know that your home is well looked after whilst you enjoy your travelling pursuits.

Life at Fraser Shores Retirement Villages is where home owners come together to celebrate, relax, socialise, get fit and have fun. It’s all about promoting an active and independent lifestyle for young at heart retirees by providing affordable, accessible and adaptable living opportunities with all the facilities you’d expect.

Closer to home, cast a line and enjoy a spot of fishing, only minutes from Hervey Bays pristine beaches. Coastal living has never been this good!

Whether it’s lazy afternoons by the pool with friends, meeting up with your favourite hobby group or simply staying in shape, Fraser Shores is the place to be.We are dedicated to providing home owners with well-rounded lifestyles, looking out for their best interests.

Famous for its year round temperate waters and moderate climate, Hervey Bay offers great local restaurants, shopping, golf courses, bowls and other pursuits that are just some of the options that abound. There’s something about the nature of the place that defines Fraser Shores Retirement Village. A combination of people, a sense of community, a chance to enjoy living in a tranquil environment that makes it so special. At Fraser Shores RV it’s all about a carefree lifestyle with more time for socialising, leisure and the pursuit of personal passions. Join a special interest group, take a dip in the pool or spa, enjoy a drink at the licensed bar, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Living at Fraser Shores you’ll have easy access to everything that Hervey Bay has to offer. Renowned for its relaxed vibe, Fraser Shores adjoins St Stephens Private Hospital; it is the largest health private hospital in Australia. Also close by is the regional base hospital, medical, sporting, social, shopping precincts, the beach and Fraser Island.

- Family owned and operated, with 25 years of caring. - We can take the stress out of a specially designed new home for you. 3 bedroom Solitaire from $370,067 with double lock-up garage & ensuite. - Preloved homes from $226,000. - Winner of Master Builders HIA awards. (Lifestyle Housing for Seniors). - Caravan & Boat storage available. Pet friendly. - 24 hour emergency Medi-Alert system in every home for peace of mind. - Activities at our Villages include: - Indoor & outdoor bowls, snooker, swimming pool, cards, library, morning tea’s, dine in nights, trips away and more.

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1800 679 266

58 & 100 Nissen St, Pialba, Hervey Bay QLD 4655 office@frasershores.com.au www.frasershores.com.au

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Need to pop out to the shops? They are conveniently located just a short stroll from your home.

- Our Villages are Registered under the Queensland Retirement Villages Act. - All brick & tile homes surrounded by award winning picturesque landscaped gardens. 90 Year Registered title.Flood free. - Offering 1, 2 & 3 bedroom new home designs. Preloved homes from $170,000. - Adjoining a major shopping centre and close to sporting & social clubs, Doctors, Medical specialists and Pharmacy. - Best value for money RV homes in Australia.

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Ten Unique Graveyards

Have you ever wondered what happens to decommissioned machines and other similar facilities that people once used? Some of these objects are being recycled , and many of them are piling up in the called Object Graveyards, waiting to be completely eaten by the ravages of time. 1. Aircraft Boneyard, USA

4. Vozdvizhenka Aircraft Graveyard, Russia

duty underwater, the submarines were brought to this restricted-access zone in the 1970’s and then forgotten! 8. Moynaq Ship Graveyard , Uzbekistan

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group ( AMARG ), often called The Boneyard is located near Davis Monthon Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. For those of you that have never seen it, it’s difficult to comprehend the size of it! The number of aircraft stored there, and the precision in the way they are parked , are impressive . Another important fact is that theyare all capable of being returned to service if the need should ever arise. 2. Ship Graveyard , Mauritania

The city of Nouadhibou is the second largest city in Mauritania and serves as the country’s commercial center . It is famous for being the location of one of the largest ship graveyards in the world. Hundreds of rusting ships can be seen all around, in the water and on beaches!

Littered with at least 18 gutted Tupolev Tu-22M Backfires of the 444th Heavy Bomber Regiment , Vozdvizhenka air base resembles a post-apocalyptic landscape. Entering this barren place , located near Ussuriysk in the Primorsky Krai region of Far East Russia , 60 miles (95km) north of Vladivostok and 40 miles (65 km) from the Chinese border, is like taking a step back in time! 5. Anchor Graveyard , Portugal

Moynaq is a city in northern Karakalpakstan, in western Uzbekistan. Moynoq’s population has been declining since the 1980’s due to the recession of the Aral Sea. Once a bustling fishing community and Uzbekistan’s only port city with tens of thousands of residents , Moynoq is now a shadow of its former self, dozens of kilometers from the rapidly receding shoreline of the Aral Sea! 9. Taxi Graveyard , China

Among the dunes of Tavira island, in Portugal, there’s an impressive anchor graveyard called the Cemitrio das Âncoras. It was built in remembrance of the glorious tradition of tuna fishing, with large nets fixed with these anchors, a fishing technique already invented by the Phoenicians! They built up this anchor graveyard to remember those who had to quit their occupation when the big fish abandoned the coasts . 6. Soviet Tank Graveyard, Afghanistan

3. Train Cemetery , Bolivia

Thousands of scrapped taxis are abandoned in a yard in the center of Chongqing, China. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities because the country’s long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars , which means many no longer have to rely on taxis or public transportation. 10. Phone Booth Graveyard , UK

On the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan there’s a massive collection of abandoned Soviet battle vehicles left behind after the failure of a massive eastern bloc military occupation of the country in the 1970’s and 1980’s! 7. Submarine Graveyard , Russia

One of the major tourist attractions of southwestern Bolivia is an antique train cemetery. It is located 3 km outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks . The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports. The train lines were built by British engineers who arrived near the end of the 19th century , and formed a sizable community in Uyuni. The rail construction started in 1888 and ended in 1892.

The area around Nezametnaya Cove, close to the town of Gadzhiyevo, in Murmansk Oblast on the Kola Peninsula , is a cemetery where a lot of old Russian submarines are located. After serving their

This phone booth graveyard is located between Ripon and Thirsk , near the village of Carlton Miniott, UK, and contains hundreds of disused telephone booths! Decommissioned old booths are systematically replaced by new modern booths, and deposited in one site near this English village!

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Key Largo Holiday Apartments are perfectly located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, easily within walking distance to some of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular surfing and swimming beaches. Key Largo is also close to everything you need to make the perfect holiday complete, with world-class shopping, fine dining and some of Australia’s favourite tourist attractions all at your doorstep, not to mention the stunning panoramic ocean views from your full size balcony. The Sunshine Coast maintains the perfect climate all year round making it an ideal location as your choice holiday destination. KEY LARGO HOLIDAY APARTMENTS 6 Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore QLD 4558 Hosts: Cas & Bear Rawlinson PH: (07) 5443 7774 www.key-largo.com.au Email: enquiries@key-largo.com.au 30 BOWLS PLUS JUNE / JULY 2014

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Bluewater Cruises has been described as the “best value cruise EVER”. Mention this ad and pay just $20 to experience this great day out. We offer a 1½ hour smooth water cruise around the beautiful canals and waterways of Surfers Paradise & the Gold Coast, with an informative commentary. The vessel has both an open sundeck for those gorgeous Gold Coast days, as well as a fully enclosed & weather-proof room, two toilets, easy access and seating for up to 40. The cruise takes you around Chevron Island and Cronin Island where the staff will point out some fun facts about the area, before heading out into the Nerang River and past the million dollar homes of Paradise Waters. The cruise then ventures out towards Marina Mirage at Main Beach where guests can look upon the many magnificent vessels that moor in the area. Next it’s on to the broadwater past Palazzo Versace & taking in the sights of Sea World, before heading back for a spectacular view of the Surfers Paradise skyline. Cruise operates 7 days a week - multiple cruises daily and caters for individuals, as well as small and large groups. Please contact Jodi 0433 693 422.

Gekko Safari is a reputable 25year old South Australian family business, with an excellent safety record and outstanding customer feedback. We are very focused on the enjoyment and comfort of our passengers, which is reflected through our choice of accommodation, as well as dining experience. Our 5 Days Spectacular Lake Eyre tour, which includes Flinders Ranges and Coober Pedy is our most popular tour with over 800 satisfied travellers over the past 5 years. Highlights include : Scenic flight over lake Eyre and expedition to the lake’s shore, Clare Valley wine tasting, Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge, Oodnadatta Track, Coober Pedy, Breakaways, visit of the Arid lands Botanic Gardens. The cost is $2295 per person (twin share) single supplement $270 Please call us on FREECALL: 1800 262 979 or check our website: www.gekkosafari.com.au


enter and destroy those areas. In 1986 approval was finally obtained from local Government to remove livestock from this “common area” and the golfers could finally rest easy that their ball wouldn’t come to rest in a cow pat. The club holds several competitions each year and all are open to visitors. Tennis has been played on island since the early 1900’s and there were many privately owned grass courts around the island. The current club was formed in 1948 and was originally 5 grass courts. Now the club has all of the mod cons and holds several competitions every year including a highly successful Veterans Tournament in April each year. What is believed to have been the first bowling green in the Southern Hemisphere was situated near Government House in Kingston from about 1840 onwards. In the early 1900’s there were a couple of private bowling greens. In 1939 the foundation members of the Norfolk Island Bowling Club met and the game was formalized on Norfolk Island. The Club now successfully runs three international tournaments every year. The Norfolk Island bowlers first participated in an international event at the South Pacific games in Fiji in 1979 where they won a silver and two bronze medals. They have been part of the Commonwealth Games since 1990 and have also entered World Bowls events and the Asia Pacific Championships.

Have you been to Norfolk Island? Norfolk Island is a tiny 8km x 5km island located between Australia and New Zealand in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean. Just over 2 hours flying from Sydney or Brisbane the island boasts a pristine environment with beautiful beaches, a rugged coastline, World Heritage convict site and National Parks and Reserves dotted with the iconic Norfolk Island pines. As well as being alive with history the island boasts a strong sense of community and Islanders are warm and welcoming to visitors and proud to show off their island. The people of Norfolk Island, like Australians, love their sport. The history of sports on the island goes back to the Second Settlement (1825 – 1856) when sports were played by the military and free settlers on the sporting fields in Kingston. The field today is home to football and cricket matches and is the oldest pitch in the Southern hemisphere still in use. The golf course in the world heritage area of Kingston is one of the only golf courses in the world located within a World Heritage Site. (Not to mention some of the best views on any golf course in the world.) The area of the golf Course (because of the Island’s customs and laws) is classified as a “common area”. This meant that livestock used to be permitted to roam freely on the course necessitating protective fences around each green so cattle could not

Most of the shops on Norfolk close at lunchtime on Wednesdays so the locals take the opportunity to play sporting fixtures. So if you like a bit of sport, and you’d like to visit a beautiful destination full of history – Norfolk Island is the place. Go See Touring at Ascot would love to help you make your arrangements. Join a Go See Touring set departure or call and ask for a quote if you prefer to travel on your own. Give the friendly team at Go See Touring a call today on 1300 551997 and ask them about Norfolk. They’d love to share their knowledge on this beautiful destination with you.

Noosa Riverfront Accommodation On the Beautiful Noosa River

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Girls On Tour

COME WITH THE TRAIN BUFFS

Queensland owned and operated women-only travel business, Girls On Tour is proud to offer well-organised, escorted, small-group tours to all parts of the world. Designed for seasoned, or first-time travellers, owner/operator Judy Polkinghorne is delighted to provide a vehicle for women to travel in the company of other like-minded women to exciting destinations. “Our tours combine a good mix of group activities whilst allowing ladies free time to do some exploring of their own” says Judy. Operating since 2006 and boasting 17% return business, Girls On Tour is returning to the UK and Republic of Ireland again in October for another unforgettable tour. Beverley from the Sunshine Coast said of the 2012 tour, “So many sights to see, cameras are clicking constantly, but it is the friendship of all the girls, and Judy’s leadership skills, that make these trips something to really enjoy, and remember forever.” Contact Judy on 0409 057 417 or visit www.girlsontour.com.au for more information.

Girls On Tour Women-Only Travel - Small groups, fully escorted. Join our “UK and Republic of Ireland Tour” departing 24th October for 31 days. With stays in York, Coventry, Lake District, Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Cardiff, Cornwall, Portsmouth and 5 nights in London - this will be a trip to remember! Cost: $13,277 pp twin share plus air taxes. ces left! Only 6 pla

The excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made, the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) is now in it’s 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 980 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Nambour Garden Expo is the destination in July. The train steams through the scenic Glasshouse Mountains, past pineapple fields, and the lush Sunshine Coast Hinterland enroute to Nambour for the large garden event. There is also the option of staying on the train and continue to the interesting little village of Yandina. In August come and escape with us on a two day tour by special rail motor to Stanthorpe and Wallangarra to celebrate the end of winter. There is great scenery across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region and there is no better way to see it then from the comfort of the heritage rail motor. And our most popular tour for the year is always the steam train to Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in September. There is the choice of a Saturday or Sunday tour but which ever one you decide, be sure to book early. The spectacular climb of the Great Dividing Range with it’s nine tunnel and great scenery and of course the colourful Toowoomba Gardens await you. Looking for an escape to the north? In November we are running a 5 day daylight rail tour from Brisbane to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands. Heritage diesel 1620 will haul this special farewell tour to the Lander series air conditioned carriages which are being withdrawn from traffic later this year. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times.

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Bowlers’ playground. Your naturally relaxing Sunshine Coast holiday bowling destination. Bowlers are busy people, often travelling long distances between competitions. So when it’s time to take that well-earned break, before or after your competitions, head to the aptly-named Sunshine Coast. This stunning stretch of coastline basks in Australia’s most temperate weather making it a relaxing holiday destination in any season. Its beaches, from Coolum Beach in the north to Caloundra in the south, are some of the best in the country, with arcs of golden sand lapped by the revitalising waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Whatever your interest - swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, bushwalking and of course bowling, or just kicking back on the beach, there’s a park that’s the right fit for you. Check them all out at www.sunshinecoastholidayparks.com.au where you can make an online booking or contact your chosen holiday park by phone. And while staying on the Sunshine Coast, include a visit to the beautiful hinterland, incorporating natural wonders such as the Glasshouse Mountains and the Blackall Ranges.

And with the 2014 Sunshine Coast Bowls Carnival being held June to July, now’s the time to book your accommodation at Sunshine Coast Holidays parks, which are all located beachside.

If you enjoy the ambience of an open-air market, then the Sunshine Coast has some of the best, including the famous Eumundi Markets.

It doesn’t matter if you are a camper, a caravanner, or prefer the luxury of an ensuite villa, our parks will take the hassle out of your stay so you can focus on your bowling. Choose from Dicky Beach, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Cotton Tree, Mudjimba or Coolum Beach. Each offers the great facilities our bowling fraternity has come to know and love. All Sunshine Coast Holiday Parks are conveniently located, allowing guests direct access to sand and surf and great times.

We have also teamed up with Experience Oz to bring you the best day tours, attractions, theme park tickets, cruises, water sports, whale watching and things to do on the Sunshine Coast at one low price. Easy to get to, even easier to love, the Sunshine Coast is, indeed, naturally refreshing. And Sunshine Coast Holiday Parks are naturally relaxing.

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Koala fecundity Koala activity over the winter months is rather subdued. Breeding females are engaged in their new pregnancies while disengaging with their yearlings. Male indifference continues, sporadic bellowing signalling their presence to neighbouring animals. While koalas breed seasonally, mating is a rather brief, vigorous affair producing a single joey at a time (twins are rare). Females are normally sexually mature from 21 to 24 months. They initiate courting although the process maybe triggered by the presence of a male or the sound of its frenzied bellowing. Given their relatively short life-span of around 15 years in the wild, a healthy, fertile female’s theoretical contribution to population survival is around 13 young. By and large koalas make successful mothers. Style varies, from the aloof to the more attentive and nurturing (although rarely reaching the constant intimacy of some primates). Around 15% of young are lost during early pouch life but the survivors generally make it to independence. In a healthy ecosystem natural predators might be assumed to account for many more young and for the population size to remain relatively stable.

So, why is the koala believed to be a slow breeder and why are so many populations in trouble? A sad truth for our northern koalas is the high prevalence of female infertility. Recent studies of two koala populations in South East Queensland found that 50% of the female koalas examined had reproductive tract disease likely to render them infertile. Our experience in the Northern Rivers leads us to conclude that the extent of female infertility south of the border is similar. Together with elevated mortality rates of breeding females through road strike and dog attack, not to mention catastrophic events such as wildfire, the reasons for fertility depression in the characteristically small remnant populations of our northern koalas become obvious. Put simply, there are too few healthy breeding females and the lives of too many of them are ended prematurely. Koala population biology is complex. In many parts of the koala’s natural range, particularly in coastal NSW and Queensland they are rare or threatened and local extinctions continue to occur despite legislated protections and the dedicated efforts of koala carers and campaigners. In parts of Victoria and South Australia (specifically Kangaroo Island), koalas are abundant, so much so that they are defoliating and killing food trees. Little wonder there is so much confusion about the status of wild koalas.

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In Tweed, Friends of the Koala operates a 24/7 Rescue Hotline: (02)6622 1233. For information about koalas, their food trees, and other ways in which you can assist the koala conservation effort on the Northern Rivers, visit: www.friendsofthekoala.org or email info@friendsofthekoala.org You can also follow us on Facebook. In South East Queensland Wildcare Australia should be contacted on (07)5527 2444. Their website is at www.wildcare.org.au Until next time, happy koala spotting. Lorraine Vass President, Friends of the Koala, Inc

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TONER’S TRAVEL AND CRUISE is independently owned and operated which means YOU are our priority in providing you the best advice and the best service. We are independently owned and operated under licence from American Express and helloworld, Australia’s largest premium travel group, and voted Australia’s Best Travel Agency Group 2006, 2008 and 2011. With a combined travel experience of over 75 years, we have the right personnel for your destination. “One of the most important factors in choosing a travel agency is their experience and first - hand knowledge, so we make sure that all our consultants can give you the right advice when choosing and booking with us. It is important to us that our consultants are well travelled and have seen countries with their own eyes, so they can then pass on to you their insights from their own experiences, in order to help our clients find the holiday which is right for them,” said Michelle Toner (Owner and Director of TONER’S TRAVEL AND CRUISE). While we’re large enough through our helloworld - American Express network - we are small enough to provide personalised, quality service to our customers — that’s why people keep coming back to us. We feel that NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE—we have the ability to look after our clients in this ever technologically changing world. THE WORLD IS TRULY OUR BUSINESS. Experience the TONER’S TRAVEL AND CRUISE difference today. To find out more about our incredible deals or for more information contact us on (07) 3397 3828 Email: ross_gomtravel@ecn.net.au

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Music to her ears For three decades, retired community nurse Donna Brown struggled to hear. She found it difficult to hear in background noise and on the mobile phone. She even got to the stage where she couldn’t hear phones ringing or a kettle boiling.

If there is one thing any lawn bowler wants to do, it is to protect their vision. Macular degeneration is Australia’s leading cause of blindness in people over the age of 50, with one in seven people showing some evidence of the disease. The disease occurs at the back of the eye, which means an eye test by an optometrist is the only way to reveal the very early signs.

In 2000, Donna, who has low frequency residual hearing with a severe high-frequency hearing loss, began wearing hearing aids, although they didn’t provide as much help as she needed. “I had to change my work so I was in less demanding situations, but I was still struggling to hear,” Donna says. But all that changed when Donna was referred to an ear nose and throat surgeon and she was told about a new technology which could help her – the Cochlear™Hybrid™ System, which is part cochlear implant and part hearing aid. The Cochlear Hybrid System works by picking up sound and transmitting the low frequencies to a hearing aid which amplifies sound, while sending the high frequency component to the cochlear implant. The high frequencies are then converted to a series of electrical impulses which stimulate the hearing nerve directly.

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“And what a difference!” says Donna. “After the switch on I came out on the street and it was like I was normal. I could hear birds chirping and hear the traffic. I was, all of a sudden, in the world with sound all around me. I didn’t have to try to hear sound or second guess where the sound was coming from. “Hybrid allows me to use my mobile and home phone now with no problems at all. I can also listen to music and I enjoy listening to the radio again.” At 65, Donna and her husband travel extensively and she enjoys an active lifestyle. “I like the fact that background noise is appropriate and doesn’t overwhelm me. And soft voices aren’t a problem. One of the best rewards for me is that I can hear my young grandson and I am able to talk and communicate with him.” For more information on Cochlear hearing solutions, please talk to your healthcare professional or visit www.cochlear.com/au contact Cochlear on 1800 620 929, or email customerservice@cochlear.com

Julie Heraghty, CEO of Macular Disease Foundation Australia says early detection is vital to save sight. “This is why it is so important for people to visit an optometrist for an eye test and macula check,” she said. “And in between those visits it is important for those at risk, people over 50, to check for changes in their vision by using an Amsler grid.” Only 1% of Australians aged over 50 years are familiar with an Amsler grid – yet this simple tool, which is available free of charge from Macular Disease Foundation Australia, can be used at home to monitor for changes in vision. “It only takes a moment to check your eyes with an Amsler grid and if you notice any changes in your vision it is absolutely critical that you have your eyes tested and macula checked as a matter of urgency by your optometrist or ophthalmologist,” said Julie. For a free information pack including an Amsler grid, contact Macular Disease Foundation Australia. Telephone 1800 111 709 or visit www.mdfoundation.com.au

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We are a doctor owned and operated, independent, private primary care practice. No referral for our services is required. Our goal is provision of high standard skin cancer early detection and primary care treatment. We offer patients comprehensive skin cancer services with particular emphasis on the early detection of melanoma and ongoing skin surveillance in high risk individuals. When appropriate we refer patients to specialist dermatologist and plastic surgeon colleagues. Our full skin examinations involve complete head to toe examination supplemented with use of high magnification skin surface microscopes (dermoscopes) and non invasive high frequency diagnostic skin ultrasound where clinically indicated. Judicious use of modern medical imaging technologies can in many circumstances reduce the necessity for invasive surgical biopsy and precautionary removal of skin lesions. High resolution 18 megapixel DSLR digital dermoscopy skin surface microscopy facilitates magnification of features within skin lesions to provide information on lesion structure and any likelihood for malignancy. Short and long term serial digital monitoring facilitates more accurate lesion comparison for suspicious dermoscopic changes over time to supplement clinical reviews. Non invasive high frequency diagnostic ultrasound measures skin lesion thickness and can indicate which lesions warrant invasive biopsy sampling and which lesions may be benign. Skin tissue biopsy sampling and skin cancer surgical excision removal are performed in our custom built procedure room under local anaesthetic. Our subsequent follow up of both surgical and non surgical skin cancer treatments also includes the application of high frequency diagnostic skin ultrasound to detect any possible sub clinical (not visually apparent) recurrence of melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancer. Total Body Photography (TBP) for melanoma high risk patients is performed in our custom built clinical photography studio by our Canfield USA trained clinical photographer. We provide professional studio Total Body Photography Services on request by our specialist surgical and family physician colleagues for their melanoma high risk patients. 38 BOWLS PLUS JUNE / JULY 2014

Your mouth is a window to your body On almost a subconscious level we go through our daily routines; Have a shower, style our hair, paint our nails, shave, put on make-up, or even a bit of cologne or perfume. Whilst these rituals are an important part of life, we spend an extraordinary amount of time completing these activities, which have very little to do with maintaining health. Some of us are used to taking medications and most of us will see a doctor if something isn’t quite right. However, it is the preventative activities that seem to get neglected in our daily routines, and topping that list is our oral health. Some of us are used to taking medications and most of us will see a doctor if something isn’t quite right, but it’s preventative activities that seem to get neglected, and topping that list is our oral health. Your mouth is the window to your body. Dental disease and oral conditions that involve our teeth, gums or dentures can significantly affect our general health and quality of life if left untreated. Just one example of this dental ‘flow-on effect’ is dental decay. Decay is often present if you aren’t brushing properly or frequently enough, have a poor diet, or have not seen a dentist recently.Decay can cause chronic disease and pain and impact upon your ability to eat, which in turn influences your nutritional intake. Just because you are not in pain doesn’t mean you don’t have decay, and the silliest part of this whole scenario is that it is completely preventable. By adopting good oral hygiene habits today and moving forward you can prevent any further decay and ward away unwanted health complications later in life. To make matters worse, there is also increasing evidence linking poor oral health and severe chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some

respiratory diseases. Prevention is the key to good oral health and establishing good oral hygiene practices will help prevent the onset of dental disease and oral conditions. Good for our health and easy on the pocket. Following these simples steps can help maintain a healthy mouth. • Brush teeth or dentures twice daily • Clean in-between your teeth • Use a soft toothbrush • Minimize intake of alcohol • Drink plenty of tap water • Eat a balance and varied diet – avoid sweet foods and beverages in-between meals • See a dentist every six months Your dentist is best placed to assess your oral health, identify risk factors that may affect your oral health and provide you with a plan tailored to your needs. Next time you are having a shower or brushing your hair, just think; How easy would it be to add just a few more important activities to this daily routine to vastly improve my overall health? Ms Amelia Seselja Oral Health Promoter Australian Dental Association


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