February 17 to 23, 2013
Darebin International Sports Centre, VIC
The Australian Open is the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most lucrative bowls event.
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 specific age group and bowlers with a disability divisions.
Since the inaugural event in 2005, the Australian Open has attracted the games biggest names including Australian stars Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy and Leif Selby, not to mention international raiders Gary Lawson (NZ), Ryan Bester (Canada), Safuan Said (Malaysia), Greg Harlow (England) and Jeremy Henry (Ireland).
With a six figure prize purse up for grabs, the event will again be staged at the Darebin International Sports Centre, the host venue from 2006 to 2008, 2011 and 2012.
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Australian Sides Championships and Super 6
April 26 to May 2, 2013
Bendigo Bowls Club, Vic
Bendigo will play host to one of Australia's premier events, the 2013 Australian Sides Championships.
Featuring the top-12 men and women from each and every state and territory across the nation, the Australian Sides Championships will be played over four action packed days from April 29 to May 2, with the revered Alley Shield being awarded to the victorious men’s team and the coveted Marj Morris Trophy handed to the winning women’s outfit.
In 2013, the Super 6 event will be held prior to the Alley Shield and Marj Morris Trophy competitions at the Australian Sides Championships. Six men and six women will represent their state in singles, pairs and triples in front of the national selectors. Each player will be closely watched to assess their potential to represent Australia at the up-coming international events.
The Super 6 component of the Australian Sides Championships will be played across two pools, with each team or singles representative playing three matches on Friday, April 26. Finals matches will take place the following day, including a play-off from first to eighth.
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Australian Indoor Championships
July 29 to August 1, 2013
Tweed Heads Bowls Club, NSW
Staged from July 29 to August 1, the 2013 Australian Indoor Championships will be played over four action packed days, with qualifying held across the country in the lead up to the main event.
Reigning Australian Indoor champion Mark Casey headlines the men's event, while Jackaroos vice-captain Karen Murphy will look to continue her rich vein of form at the event with a shot at her sixth title.
However, with both draws comprising of 32 entrants, the contenders will be queuing up at every corner.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the 2013 Australian Indoor Championships at Tweed Heads.
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Australian Under-18 Championships
Sep 30 to Oct 3, 2013
Sorrento Bowling Club, WA
The Australian Under-18 Championships are headed to Western Australia in 2013, with Sorrento Bowling Club confirmed as this year’s venue.
Staged from September 30 to October 3, each state and territory will converge on the Top End greens to be known as the nation’s best, with 10 players, five boys and five girls, competing in singles, pairs, triples and fours.
Over the years, the competition has proved to be a successful nursery for the likes of Commonwealth Games gold medallists Lynsey Armitage and Mark Casey, as well as current world number six Kelsey Cottrell.
With Western Australia sweeping all major accolades last year, including the boys, girls and overall trophies, the challengers will be queuing up at every corner, with the right to be known as the nation’s best.
Players must be under 18 years of age as of October 3, 2013 to be eligible to compete and must be selected by their state or territory association.
Don’t miss your chance to be involved in the 2013 Australian Under-18 Championships.
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National Champion of Champions
October 11 to 13, 2013
Ascot Park Bowling Club, SA
After its successful reintroduction in Tasmania in 2010, the time-honoured National Champion of Champions event is again poised to ignite in 2013.
While the 2012 singles winners Dylan Fisher and Australian Jackaroos vice-captain Karen Murphy prepare for the 2012 World Champion of Champions in Christchurch, New Zealand, the singles and pairs Champion of Champions winners from each state and territory will battle it out for the 2013 title in the South Australia. The winners of this year's singles titles will be nominated to World Bowls to play in the 2014 World Champion of Champions.
Each state representative will play three rounds of sectional play against the other states drawn in their pool, before the section winners go on to play for the national title.
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March 20 to 22, 2013
Howick Bowling Club, Auckland
Since the dawn of time, Australia and New Zealand have been waging war against each other on the sporting fields, with the annual Trans Tasman test series adding to the history of the respective nations.
This year’s installment is sure to be an explosive affair, with the event boasting added impetus this year when the traditional rivals go head-to-head across all age levels at the same time.
The Under-18, Development - which comprises three under-25 and two over-age players, and the Senior team will continue lawn bowls fiercest rivalry at Howick Bowling Club in Auckland, New Zealand in March.
Australia currently possess the men’s, women's and overall trophies in the senior event, the Under-18's continued their long standing dominance at the Junior level, while New Zealand have secured the Development trophy for the past two years, so there will be more than just national pride on the line when they go toe-to-toe over seven action pack days.
Featuring singles, pairs, triples and fours for both men and women, the 2013 Trans Tasman is sure to be hotly contested.