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Seven Canadians to Compete at 2016 Australian Open

Gold Coast, Queensland | June 8th, 2016

 

Canada will be well represented at the 2016 Australian Open. This is the first time the event was held as completely open to enter.  The Gold Coast and local clubs will be the hosts of the massive field of bowlers from across the world competing for a share of the $250,000 price money.  The event will be running from June 11th-24th, 2016.

 

The Australian Open will feature several disciplines including specific fields for under 18 and over 60s.  There are multiple disciplines occurring at the Australian open and players were allowed to enter in several.   In addition to Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) who now calls Broadbeach Bowls Club his home away from home, Canadian athletes competing down under include  Lyall Adams (Edmonton, AB), Pat Bird (Calgary, AB), Ann Marie Archibald-Siteman (Dartmouth, NS), Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON), Steven Santana (North Vancouver, BC) and John Siteman (Dartmouth, NS).

Event

Team

Event

Team

Men’s Singles

R. Bester (QLD)

Women’s Singles

Ann Marie Siteman (Canada)

Men’s Singles

L. Adams (Canada)

Women’s Singles

Kelly McKerihen (VIC)

Men’s Singles

J. Siteman (Canada)

Women’s Pairs

K. McKerihen (VIC), T.Doolan (VIC)

Men’s Singles

S. Santana (Canada)

Women’s Pairs

A. Siteman (Canada), L. Edwards (VIC)

Men’s Singles

P. Bird (Canada)

Women’s Fours

K. Barton (VIC), A. Siteman (Canada), L. Edwards (VIC), C. Protopapas (VIC)

Men’s Pairs

R. Bester (QLD), G. Lawson (QLD)

Women’s Fours

T. Dooland (VIC), E. Davies (South Africa), C. Piketh (South Africa), K. McKerihen (VIC)

Men’s Pairs

L. Adams (Canada), M. Ayres (WA)

 

 

Men’s Pairs

S. Santana (Canada), P. Bird (Canada)

 

 

Men’s Pairs

J. Siteman (Canada), J. Davies (WA)

 

 

Men’s Fours

N. Savino (ACT), J. Siteman (Canada), Allan Pyke (NSW), Alex Pyke (NSW)

 

 

Men’s Fours

L. Adams (Canada), M. Ayres (WA), P. Bird (Canada), S. Santana (Canada)

 

 

Men’s Fours

B. Leighton (QLD), S. Ingham (QLD), G. Lawson (QLD), R. Bester (QLD)

 

 

 

The format for each discipline will be sectional play, followed by knockout finals for all qualifiers from the sectional play.  All sectional winners will automatically proceed through to knockout rounds.  Game points will be awarded during sectional play, with points allocated three for a win and one for a tie or no result.

Singles will play four bowls, 21 shots up, the pairs will play three bowls/ 18 ends and the fours will be play two bowls /15 ends.   Each discipline has a time limit of two and a quarter hours. 

 

Prior to the start of the Australian Open, Bowls Canada sat down with John Siteman of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to ask him how he was feeling heading into his first international tournament.   “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to get to travel to the top bowls country in the world and compete against the best bowlers in the world. It is an absolute dream”.

“Playing top international bowlers on the best greens in the world is a chance of a lifetime that will hopefully benefit my bowls career as I prepare to represent Nova Scotia at my fourth Canadian Junior Championship. “

 

“My main goal at the Australian Open would be to hold my own and play my best against the competition that I have.”

 

For the draw and results please visit: http://australianopen.bowlsaustralia.com.au/


For more information, please contact:
Katie Gardner, Communications and Promotions Manager, Bowls Canada Boulingrin
kgardner@bowlscanada.com 

 

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