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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
Bowls In Focus 11 videos as the action unfolds. You can also keep up to date by following Bowls Australia on Twitter, Facebook or Youtube or any other of its digital platforms. Bowls Australia Awards Night For a successive year, the sport will come together on the eve of the Australian Open to recognise some of its most outstanding achievers at the Bowls Australia Awards Night, with 11 categories up for grabs including the international bowler of the year. The 2012 Awards Night will be staged at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne on Saturday, February 18 and will once again be available for the bowling public to attend. Nominations for the 2012 Awards Night will open later this year, and full details, including ticketing, will be released via the Bowls Australia website. Further details surrounding the Victorian Open can be found on the homepage at www.bowlsvic.org.au. AO Under-18 Singles The Australian Open under-18 singles will undergo a significant transformation in 2012 with the event no longer limited to just state representatives. In previous years, the field has been restricted to the reigning state champions, as well as the state singles representatives at the Australian Under-18 Championships, with a maximum of 16 players permitted per draw. The 2012 Australian Open, however, will be open to all eligible under-18 bowlers, with a date of birth on or after February 19, 1994. The boys and girls divisions will feature up to a 32-player draw based on entries. AO ticketing and spectator services The Australian Open provides the ultimate spectator experience. On the green, the world’s best players go toe-to-toe and off the green, the atmosphere is just as intimate. Incorporating a village green area that boasts player interviews, product Bowls’ ultimate battleground The $125,000 Australian Open will return to the Darebin International Sports Centre in 2012 with the game’s biggest stars in attendance. A multi-discipline tournament, the Australian Open features singles, pairs and triples for both men and women, as well as a festival of bowls which incorporates over-60s triples, under-18 singles, the AERF Mixed Pairs Challenge and bowlers with a disability divisions. Since the inaugural event in 2005, the Australian Open has established itself as one of the world’s pre-eminent tournaments attracting an international caliber field each year, with a six figure prize purse up for grabs. Staged at the host venue of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, world number one Leif Selby will be back to defend his crown at the southern hemisphere’s marquee event. AO draw and qualifying Qualifying for the Australian Open is staged across the nation in the lead up to the tournament including a last chance campaign on the eve of the main draw at Darebin. Allocation of qualifying positions for each state and territory is based on the number of entries received in each STA in the preceding year. In the men’s draw, 128 competitors gun for glory in the singles and 64 combinations in the pairs and 32 in the triples. The women’s draw comprises of 64 positions in the singles and 32 for both the pairs and triples. Further details surrounding qualifying can be found under the events tab at www. bowlsaustralia.com.au Victorian Open The inaugural Victorian Open, which will be staged in and around Shepparton from November 20 to 25, will serve as the primary Victorian qualifying event for the 2012 Australian Open and carries a $25,000 prize purse in its own right. In the men’s draw, 27 singles positions, 26 pairs slots and 12 triples berths will be up for grabs, while the women’s draw will boast 12 singles, nine pairs and seven triples positions. Last chance qualifying at Darebin from February 15 to 17 has been limited to eight positions in the singles, four in the pairs and two in the triples for the men, while the women’s draw will offer four positions in the singles and two in the pairs and triples. Any direct entries or last- minute withdrawals will be rolled back into last chance qualifying. There will be no qualifying at Bendigo in 2012. demonstrations, and the chance to mingle with the sport’s stars, the Darebin International Sports Centre also features a permanent 500-seat grandstand and a purpose-made TV rink comprised of sheltered seating. For those inclined, corporate packages are also available during the Australian Open finals and provide the perfect avenue to see all the drama unfold. General admission starts from $5 for preliminary days and $10 for the finals, while reserved seating for the TV matches can be purchased for $15 and corporate hospitality packages range from $90-$110 per person. AO volunteers A large number of volunteers and technical officials are required each year in order to ensure the smooth running of the event over the seven days of competition. Among the roles required include scoreboard attendants, umpires and markers, ticket sellers, corporate area attendants, usher/directional staff and car park attendants. Contact Bowls Australia on (03) 9480 7100 or via email@example.com for your chance to volunteer at the Australian Open. AO media The Australian Open’s global status has ensured the Southern Hemisphere’s showpiece event receives worldwide attention. The Bowls Australia website provides unprecedented access to the Australian Open with the latest news, scores and single square long landscape BOWLS, ULTIMATE BATTLEGROUND bowlsaustralia.com.au FEBRUARY 19 to 25, 2012 DAREBIN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CENTRE
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