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elcome to the second edition of Let’s Roll magazine. These days, as the world is facing a period of economic uncertainty, people everywhere are turning their attention towards simple, affordable pleasures. The pure entertainment that tenpin bowling can bring is proving a popular option among both serious competitors and recreational players. With a selection of great new birthday party options on offer, including the new SpongeBob SquarePants bowling birthday party package (exclusive to AMF Bowling), plus our refreshed corporate and teambuilding packages and great offers such as $8 Buck Bowling every Thursday, it’s a great time to experience the fun of tenpin bowling at your local AMF Bowling centre. We have also recently launched our 2009 AFL bowling leagues in every centre. The AFL bowling league enables you to experience the enjoyment of bowling in a weekly league while also supporting your favourite AFL team. For our West Australian bowlers, you must visit our fantastic new 32-lane centre in Joondalup. Meanwhile, Sydneysiders can check out our adrenalin-charged M9 Laser Skirmish centres at AMF Villawood, Kingpin Harbourside at Darling Harbour or our brand new facility at AMF North Strathfield. We are happy to announce that all members of Tenpin Bowling Australia can now bowl at any AMF Bowling centre in Australia and pay our standard league practice game rates no matter where your league bowls. Whether you are a rock star, a highscoring league bowler or a parent seeking entertainment that suits the whole family, there is plenty of fun to be had at your local AMF Bowling centre.

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news Check out what’s happening at AMF Bowling centres around Australia

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double the fun The social bowling phenomenon has even started to lure folk from the corporate world

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in the frame Brett Best, AMF Tournament Director, lets us in on pre-tournament preparation

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cover story Aussie songstress Delta Goodrem loves taking to the lanes in her bowling shoes

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what’s the score? The third event in this year’s Super 6 Series takes centre stage at AMF Bowling Sunshine in Victoria

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league tables Stay up-to-date with the latest scores

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centre of attention The new AMF Bowling centre in Joondalup, WA, offers more than just your average bowling

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going global The Danish city of Aalborg is a mustvisit destination for any bowling fan

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GAME ON! Red Nose Day is on June 26, so help save babies’ lives by buying your Red Nose Day products at AMF Bowling throughout June. Your purchase will enable SIDS and Kids to continue providing bereavement support to Australian families who have suffered the unexpected death of a baby or child during pregnancy, birth, infancy or childhood. SIDS and Kids supports the parents of approximately 300,000 babies born each year in Australia, educating parents about safe sleeping practices and how to reduce the incidence of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents. It is essential that SIDS and Kids continues to educate parents, grandparents, health professionals and carers in order to keep the incidence low. For more information on Red Nose Day, visit www.rednoseday.com.au.

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DID YOU KNOW...?

If you thought that having Australia’s largest 38-lane AMF Bowling centre on your doorstep wasn’t enough to keep you entertained, then think again. A new M9 Laser Skirmish arena is now open at North Strathfield, NSW, so you can experience the exhilaration of commando-style combat with advanced laser artillery. The arena can cater for groups of up to 28, and with the AMF Bowling centre just next door, the Bakehouse Quarter entertainment complex is the ideal place to host your next corporate team-building day or birthday party.

Here at AMF Bowling we like to make things easy for you. That’s why our new and improved website, www.amfbowling.com.au, enables you to reserve your lane from the comfort of your own home. The newlook website also has a function that allows you to view your league results and team vacancies. So, what are you waiting for? Get online now!


news

TWO minutes with George Frilingos Q. What was it like to be a professional bowler? It was amazing. Probably the highlight of my career was winning the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Masters title in Melbourne while my family was there.

Q. What’s the best thing about bowling? Bowling is for everyone regardless of age, size or shape. It is a game based on repetition, which means anyone who works hard enough can be successful. Q. Any advice for young bowlers aspiring to the highest levels of national and international competition? Look at what the champions of today are doing and try to emulate them. There is no reason to re-invent the wheel, if champions are winning, they are doing something right, adapt it to your own game.

AMF Bowling’s community spirit Bowling is not just a sport for the able-bodied, and AMF Bowling centres are garnering a reputation for fostering strong community links, especially with the disabled community. These efforts were recognised last November at the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, which acknowledge the contribution of businesses that have a clear commitment to including people with disabilities. AMF Bowling Belconnen won both of the two standard award categories it was nominated for, receiving awards for Inclusion in Medium to Large Business and Inclusion in ACT Tourism. The centre was also awarded the highest recognition on the night, receiving the 2008 Chief Minister’s Award of Excellence, which recognised that AMF Bowling Belconnen had “embraced the philosophy of an inclusive society”. The centre hosted the National Disability Championships in June last year, attracting more than 300 bowlers.

World Women’s championships Forget the casinos and the fake world monuments, it’s time to polish your bowling balls and shoes because the 2009 World Tenpin Bowling Association Women’s Championships is going to Vegas. The event, which has been set to run between July 25 and August 2, will take place on 56 specially constructed lanes inside the Cashman Center following the conclusion of the 2009 USBC Open Championships. The Championships are expected to draw more than 225 competitors from 43 countries to compete in doubles, singles, trios, team, all-events and Masters competitions.

HOTJOBS staff profile

Q&A

Craig Jeffrey Q: What is your official title? A: NSW South/ACT Regional Manager. Q: How long have you been working in this position? A: I’ve been in this position for about four months, but I’ve been with AMF Bowling for 19 years. Q: What does a typical day involve for you? A: Providing advice, encouragement and direction to my team of managers. Q: What’s the best thing about your job? A: Being able to bring out the best in people, no matter what their role is. Q: What do you love in life, apart from bowling and your job? A: I love good wine, seafood and our two dogs, Parker and Charlie.

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loosen those ties The social bowling phenomenon has even started to lure folk from the corporate world. By ToM neAl TAcKer

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e meet regularly in our boardroom for Friday evening drinks, to the enjoyment of the partners and junior clerks alike, but often we like to escape from the office for recreational socialising,” says Andrew Gunter, senior associate at Melbourne-based Garland Hawthorne Brahe, one of the oldest law firms in the country. “Lately our social committee has organised tenpin bowling events. These have been hugely successful. Some of our colleagues have never bowled before, indeed I’m no expert. However, the outings have proven to be rewarding beyond our expectations.” Andrew praises the outings more saying, “The game puts everyone at ease. It’s a nopressure situation. Sporting prowess isn’t the main game, as it were. “Apparently, it’s more about trying rather than succeeding. In our competitive working world, that’s a rarity. It’s just as good to play badly and have a laugh as it is to bowl a strike and score highly. Both outcomes are applauded equally.” This typifies the essence of corporate bowling events. Rules are eased. Decorum is relaxed. Ties loosened, top buttons undone.

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Hair let down. Tenpin bowling offers the opportunity to mix pleasure with business in an unrestrained atmosphere, or merely to engage with peers in a less structured and professional environment. Laurie Staub of Bohica Consulting in Melbourne, a major player in the world of communications, particularly in the area of health management says: “My doctor clients often socialise at bowling events. The feedback I receive is that they prefer the unassigned seating, the constant movement and the networking opportunities that it provides. “For people whose only chance to interact away from work is at either a conference banquet or formal dinner, where they’re stuck for hours seated next to the same colleagues, bowling gives them the option of moving about without causing offence. Surprisingly, this is very important in order to exchange information about new work developments. So many doctors work in closed environments. “Social bowling gives them time to chat in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a win-win game really.” Next time you’re at your local AMF Bowling centre, have a look at the suits playing earnestly in the adjoining lanes. They’re having just as much fun as you are.

it’s time to party!

Book a function at any AMF Bowling centre and receive a Family Bowling pass valued at over $50*. To find out more details or to make a booking, contact Sarah love from AMF Bowling on 0410 221 951 or slove@amfbowling.com.au. * Conditions: To redeem offer, bookings must be made by contacting Sarah Love on 0410 221 951 or slove@amfbowling.com.au and promotional code ‘LRCO’ must be quoted. Function must be for a minimum of 15 adults, for the months of September or October 2009 and deposit must be received by July 31, 2009. Bowling Pass is for 2 adults and 2 children for 1 game each and shoe hire.


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This issue, Louise Goldsbury caught up with Brett Best, AMF Tournament Director, to find out about pre-tournament preparation.

Q. What goes into planning a tournament? First, I formulate a plan based on a forecasted number of entries. Then I work out the timings based on how many squads are estimated to compete and how long it will take for each to play 10 games. I make up a draft entry form, which goes to Tenpin Bowling Australia to get accredited before being promoted through the AMF Bowling website and in centre. I then collate the entries and work out the oiling patterns on the lanes. We try to vary the oiling to make it different at every centre – like moving the hole on a green in a golf tournament. Next, I make the score sheets – every bowler gets their own personalised score sheet and other promotional materials. All up, it takes about three months to plan a major tournament. Q. What happens on the day? Players compete in squads, bowling 10 games on the first day. I collate the scores after each game and showcase them through our internal communications system. On the second day, the field will be cut down to the top 20 and then we have the finals. Some events are filmed and televised on Channel 31. For first place, prize money varies and can be up to $6,000. AMF Bowling currently holds six tournaments around Australia and we allocate points from first to 20th place. Some players travel to all the events, and whoever gets the most points receives $500 and free entry to next year’s event. Q. What is the biggest Australia-based tournament of the year? The pinnacle is the South Pacific Classic, held in September. The winners go on to play in the World Cup in November – last year the two winners were flown to Mexico to compete in the event. It’s very competitive but there is a great, exciting atmosphere.

Above: Brett Best (left) with George Frilingos at last year’s South Pacific Classic event

“The pinnacle is the South Pacific Classic, held in September. The winners go on to play in the World Cup in November … It’s very competitive but there is a great, exciting atmosphere.”

Q. Who takes part in these tournaments? As the South Pacific Classic is our only international event, people come from all over Australia and overseas: such as Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Anyone can win but it must be an Australia-based player who goes to the World Cup. We usually get about 80 entries and most players are aged in their 20s and 30s. Q. Is there a prize pool? The top prize is $6,000 for men and $3,000 for women. The prize difference is because there are more men competing. It pays right down to 30th place. The South Pacific Classic will be held at AMF Bowling Castle Hill, NSW, September 11-13.

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Despite her glamorous stage persona, Delta Goodrem remains down-to-earth and loves taking to the lanes in her bowling shoes. By MicHAel MApSTone

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ith a string of number one hits and ARIA awards to her name, Delta Goodrem’s popularity is spreading across the globe. Despite her glamorous stage persona, she has always retained some of her ‘girl next door’ image and loves to head to her local AMF Bowling centre and take on the challenge of tenpin bowling. Delta has been a familiar face at AMF Bowling Castle Hill, in Sydney’s north-west, for many years. It seems that tenpin bowling has long been a Goodrem family pastime. Delta’s brother, Trent, still holds a lane record for a junior bowler at Castle Hill. “She’s from a bit of a bowling family,” AMF Castle Hill centre manager Robby Jones says. In recent years, Delta has been a visitor to the centre with her Irish fiancé, Brian McFadden, who is a popular solo artist. “Last time they were here they were getting over jetlag, having just come back from the UK,” Robby says. “They came in to have a game to help them stay awake.” As usual, Delta was thoroughly enjoying her time on the lanes. After booking two games, she and Brian decided to stay for a third. When it comes to bowling talent, Delta’s many years as a social bowler make her “maybe a little bit better than average”, Robby suggests. One of the great things for Delta playing at her local centre is that she can take part in a fun activity in public and still be left to her own devices. She never asks for any special treatment and is happy to blend into the scene. “We treat Delta exactly the same as any other guest. Maybe that’s why she chooses to come here,” Robby says. Of course, the darling of Australian pop music is regularly recognised. “People look and point, but they respect her privacy, as Australians tend to do,” Robby says. “I keep an eye out so that nobody is bothering her.” But Delta is also conscious of doing the right thing by her fans. When a young girl’s birthday party was being held on a nearby lane during one of her visits to the centre last year, Delta took some time out to talk to the group. “All the girls were very excited [to see Delta] and the parents were obviously doing the right thing

keeping them away, so she went over to the girls,” Robby says. No doubt it was a huge thrill for those girls to be playing tenpin bowling beside one of their idols. But it may be some time before Delta can slip back in to her local AMF Bowling centre, given that it is shaping up to be another hectic year for the popular young songstress. Delta began the year with the national Believe Again Tour, including a dozen concerts in cities around Australia. It was Delta’s first live tour in three years and followed the success of her third studio album, Delta!, which won the 2008 ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Award for the Highest Selling Album. “It’s a completely new time for me now, and it’s exciting. I feel like I’m coming back as a new artist with a whole new perspective that’s all my own,” Delta says. At just 24 years old, Delta has already experienced an amazing career, including three massively successful albums – Innocent Eyes (2003), Mistaken Identity (2004) and Delta! (2007). Those albums spawned a succession of hit singles on the Australian and international charts and won her a host of ARIAs. Along with an acting career that most notably included a stint on Neighbours, her music ensured she became one of Australia’s most popular entertainers. Delta has also endured some very public lows, including a high-profile battle with cancer. “When I think back to it now, Mistaken Identity was complicated. But then I was complicated at the time – I was hurt, I was in pain, and that was exactly what the record was about,” she says on her website www.deltagoodrem.com. “There were a lot of things going on in my life, and I felt a lot of pressure as a result of the attention I was receiving. While I was grateful for all the support I received, it was a very strange experience for me to live out a lot of personal issues that I faced.” Delta moved to the UK for a period, escaping the public spotlight. She has returned as a woman with a career, a relationship and her own identity. “It feels like I’ve turned the corner and everything in front of me is super-exciting,” says Delta. www.amfbowling.com.au

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Stephen Cowland – NSW

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Emily Robertson – VIC

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Brandon Qualischefski – QLD

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Chris Castle – VIC

344

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Kara Triulcio – NSW

436

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Jason Walsh – NSW

358

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Hamish Rogers – QLD

334

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Jacinta Gilliland – QLD

417

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Michael Little – NSW

335

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Kevin McRae – NSW

302

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Rebecca Whiting – VIC

401

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Carl Bottomley – QLD

326

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Matt Watson – WA

280

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Louise Ingoe – SA

336

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Andrew Frawley – NSW

308

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Scott Robertson – NSW

277

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Cassie Staudinger – VIC

292

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Matthew Riley – NSW

299

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Chris Watson – WA

271

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Lexi Nicoll – NSW

253

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Andrew McArthur – NT

272

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Ashley Warren – SA

257

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Rochelle Mottlee (J) – QLD

210

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Angelo Nucifora – QLD

212

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Marc Triulcio – NSW

251

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Sylvia Wilson – WA

198

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Brenton Manning – SA

201

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Mitch Marris – VIC

229

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Jessica Ryan – VIC

164

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Chris Thomas – ACT

179

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Robert O’Reilly – NSW

225

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Tamika Mason (J) – WA

157

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Ashley Clark – NSW

164

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Nathan Parlby – VIC

224

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Natarsha Vella – VIC

155

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Glen Loader – VIC

149

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Christopher Wingett (J) – QLD

184

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Tiffani Murphy – NSW

141

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Christian Purdue – NSW

147

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Luke Kairn – QLD

176

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Jessica Lawrence – NSW

136

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Mac Stewart – VIC

139

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Luke Green – QLD

149

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Alicia Garioch – VIC

122

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Matthew Francis – ACT

133

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Shane Tunnah – VIC

127

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Amanda De Lange – VIC

100

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Jarrod Lean – NSW

131

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Nick Williamson (J) – VIC

127

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Taya Reggars – QLD

98

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Michael Muir – WA

130

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Christopher Harvey – NSW

116

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Rachelle Flynn – VIC

91

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Hayden George – TAS

128

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Adam Pringle – QLD

109

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Kristi-Lee Godfrey – VIC

91

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Bruno Maglieri –NT

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The third event in this year’s Super 6 Series takes centre stage in Sunshine.

he 2009 Super 6 Series continues to attract AMF Bowling’s star players, who keep coming back to gain more points and win free entries to next year’s event. The Australian Open, which was held earlier this month at AMF Bowling Sunshine, Victoria, is one of the most popular events on the calendar and was the third event in this years’ series. This year it introduced a new format, giving players a better chance to win. The new-look tournament featured seven squads instead of two, and bowlers were permitted to enter twice. “Players have been asking for these changes, to be more in line with how tournaments are run in Europe and Asia,” says Brett Best, AMF Bowling’s tournament director and manager of AMF Bowling Sunshine. “Normally, players pay their entry fee, play 10 games and hopefully make the finals. But this year, if you didn’t bowl too well, you get a chance to re-enter – and at a discounted price. Your first go is $160 and the second go is $80.” Plenty of AMF Bowling’s elite bowlers were lined up to compete at the Australian Open, including last year’s winner Matt Riley and past winner George Frilingos, who has won two out of the last three tournaments, including the South Pacific Classic.

By louiSe GoldSBury

“I’ve been competing in the Australian Open since I was 18,” says Matt, an IT manager from Sydney. “I like it because it is held in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend, so everyone goes down to it and you can catch up with old friends. It is a serious competition but it’s good fun.” The Australian Open also happens to be Brett Best’s favourite tournament. “I’m biased because it’s held in my centre, AMF Bowling Sunshine, Victoria – it’s been here for the past 15 years.” So, when it comes to breaking into the big league, what is Brett’s advice for aspiring tournament players? “First, go bowling in minor centre tournaments in your area and then have a go at a local major. If you find you’re good enough, travel around to other events in Australia,” Brett suggests. “Coaching is also a good idea – even some players in the World Cup still have coaches.” The three-day 2009 Super 6 Series Australian Open event was held on April 11-13. The next event in the Super Six Series – the NSW Open – will take place on July 4-5 at AMF Bowling Macarthur, NSW. Entries are now open. To register, go to www.amfbowling.com.au/competitive-bowling.

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name Ann-Maree Putney – NSW

name Paul Terry – WA

name Jeanette Baker – VIC

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points events 410 8

points events 564 9

Natalie Shelley – VIC

394

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Bob Whybrow – NSW

291

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Brenda Kirkwood –WA

355

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Rebecca Simpson – NT

385

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Fred Housham – NZ

261

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Susanne Jack – NSW

340

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Narelle Baker – VIC

335

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Rob Zikman – VIC

260

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Christene Webster – SA

307

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Maxine Nable – NSW

295

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Mike Seymour – ACT

242

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Sarah Knowland – QLD

295

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Carol Gianotti – WA

236

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Tony Stoppel – SA

238

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Jill Morris – SA

295

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Jenny Camilleri – VIC

198

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Chris Kirwin – NT

216

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Val Porteous – VIC

280

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Kerry-Ann Klop – SA

184

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Lawrie Hill – QLD

214

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Maxine Forrest – WA

268

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Julieanne Mollet – NZ

183

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Roy Andrews – NT

203

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Kaye Talbot – NT

232

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Kate Wilton – QLD

169

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Garry Crick – TAS

175

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Julie Hird – NSW

230

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Debbie Riley – TAS

155

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Brien Show-Yin – VIC

175

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Barb Richmond – SA

215

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Melanie Warmington – QLD

132

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Chris Benson – VIC

170

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Robyn Flynn – VIC

199

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Reese Leckie – NSW

127

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Kevin Blackmore – QLD

164

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Mary Blackmore – QLD

171

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Jennifer Edwards – NZ

121

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Brian Looby – QLD

159

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Ann Kirby – QLD

161

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Kate Murry – QLD

73

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J.P. Li – NSW

154

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Mary Flower – QLD

121

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Bronwyn Robinson – NSW

69

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Tony Cottrell – SA

148

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Helen Pellegrini – SA

113

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Leesa Bartlem – QLD

60

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Gary Bernardin – QLD

144

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Josie Adams – NSW

88

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Kelly Gardner – NSW

59

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Barry Morgan – QLD

135

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Nola Downie – VIC

88

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Angela Shima – NT

55

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Greig Lyas – SA

133

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Ursula Ramsay – ACT

65

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Sarah Benson – VIC

50

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Jeff Elliott – SA

120

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Ingrid Coburn – VIC

59

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centre of attention

Bowled over The new AMF Bowling centre in Joondalup, WA, offers more than just your average bowling. By louiSe GoldSBury

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erth has waited 30 years for a new bowling centre, so when the Craigie venue closed down, the new AMF Bowling Joondalup took its place. On Sunday March 8, a Family Fun Day was held to launch the new centre and the event was broadcast live on 92.9 FM radio. Hundreds of people enjoyed $6 bowling, a jumping castle, face painting, 6-foot inflatable bowling and prize giveaways. There was also a league tournament held on the opening weekend, with lots of locals keen to be part of the action. It’s the biggest bowling centre in Western Australia and the difference is clear from the minute you walk in the door. There are 32 glow-in-the-dark lanes. State-of-the-art sound and lighting are enhanced by 16 drop-down LCD screens. A large café seating area with comfy lounges creates the perfect social hub for the neighbourhood. Showcasing the latest in bowling technology, the centre also features automatic bumpers that come up when the kids bowl and go down when it’s the adults’ turn. CHAMPION MANAGER Joondalup centre manager Carol Gianotti is one of Australia’s best bowlers. Bowling for more than 30 years, since she was 10, Carol has represented the nation at the Women’s World Bowling Championships and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She holds 16 titles and two Bowler of the Year awards. It’s this competitive spirit that spills over to Carol’s job and her ambitions for Joondalup. “I have a great passion for the game. My goal [for this centre] is to be the number one centre in WA and to catch up to the busiest centres in Sydney. We’re looking at doubling revenue. Hopefully it will only take a year, but it will be a lot of hard work. I’m pretty competitive!” Carol says. “I’ve hired extra staff so we’ve got about 50 people now and we’re all very excited about the new centre. I think we’ll attract a lot more league bowlers and people coming to the bar to sit down and socialise. It’s good for the area and it’s good for WA.” Providing something for everyone, the centre has a wide selection of arcade games and a function room for parties. A crèche is available for league players and the Proshop is open daily.

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In pursuit of hyggeligt Rich in culture and history, Aalborg in Denmark is a must-visit destination for any bowling fan. By JuliA Bound

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hen hundreds of bowlers from around the world descend upon the Danish city of Aalborg in May as part of the 2009 European Bowling Tour, they’ll be met with the warm hospitality and fascinating culture of Denmark. The Brunswick Aalborg International 2009 is scheduled for May 18-24, 2009 at the Løvvang Bowling Center Aalborg. Competition is sure to be friendly but fierce, with competitors from Finland taking out the title in the past four years. Many Danes love to bowl as it combines three of their favourite passions: friends, fitness and the pursuit of hyggeligt, a uniquely Danish concept that roughly translates to mean a happy, cosy feeling. Snuggling up over hot cocoa to escape the long winter chill can be hyggeligt; equally so can be a vigorous bowling game, toasted with the nation’s favourite ale, Carlsberg. When not bowling, visitors to Aalborg will have plenty to see and do. As one of the world’s oldest monarchies, the country has many well-kept castles and manor houses to explore. Don’t miss Aalborghus Castle, a restored 16th-century castle, featuring beautiful gardens. Visitors may even catch a glimpse of the royal family if they are in town; Scandinavian royals are renowned for their fresh and approachable attitude to mixing with the local people and ‘our’ Princess Mary has eased in to this laidback approach. Aalborg Zoo is a delight for visitors of all ages. Importing an African village, complete with giraffes, zebras, a savannah and authentic houses, was no mean feat. But the end result is truly sensational – an African safari in the heart of Denmark. Nearby, Karolinelund is an amusement park renowned throughout Denmark for its rollercoaster, carousels and funfair attractions. If ancient culture is more to your liking, a visit to Lindholm Hoje is sure to prove fascinating. Recognised as Scandinavia’s most significant Viking burial ground, the site holds more than 700 graves, preserved under sand for nearly 1,000 years. Regarded as one of Aalborg’s prized tourist attractions, it draws in as many Danes as overseas visitors, eager to learn more about the Vikings. Architecture fans will enjoy a visit to Jens Bang’s house, the finest surviving example of a Renaissance home in Northern Europe. Built in 1624 by the wealthy businessman Jens Bang, today it houses Aalborg’s oldest pharmacy. Perhaps the best way to appreciate Denmark’s ancient, welcoming culture is over a leisurely meal at any of the local bistros in Aalborg’s bustling central walking street. Order a hot chocolate or cold beer, as the locals do, and settle in for a feast of open rye bread sandwiches, tasty meatballs, smoked salmon and pickled herring. Perfect fuel for winning a bowling championship.

Above, top to bottom: the city of Aalborg; a church in the town of Aalborg; Denmark’s stunning coastline www.amfbowling.com.au

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