Your guide to the 2015 Victorian Open
The 2015 Victorian Open runs from November 7 to 13 and is a record-breaker, with 1,248 entries – mostly from rank-and-file club bowlers. That’s a 33% increase on 2014.
In another record, 17 bowls clubs around Shepparton and the Goulburn Valley will be used for matches during the tournament, spreading the tourism influx and spin-offs throughout the entire region.
Shepparton Park, Dookie, East Shepparton, Euroa, Hilltop, Katandra West, Kyabram, Merrigum, Mooroopna, Mooroopna Golf, Numurkah, Numurkah Golf, Shepparton Golf, Shepparton RSL, Tallygaroopna, Tatura and Wunghnu will be used as tournament venues.
Some adverse weather in the region in the week leading up to the tournament has meant some venue changes for sectional play. Please check the latest draw information here
As well as club bowlers from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, SA and even New Zealand, many of Australia’s best bowlers will take part.
In the women’s events, defending singles champion and recent Australian Indoor winner Carla Odgers (Sunbury), Australian squad member Chloe Stewart (Kyneton), Lalor mother and daughter and Australian top 15 bowlers Gayle and Brooke Edwards, and 17-year-old Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria) – an Australian Open quarter-finalist this year – are all confirmed entries.
In the men’s events, last year’s Vic Medallist for the best performed bowler of the tournament – Brad Orr (Shepparton Golf) – is well placed to provide a local victory.
But two of the leading under-18 talents in the country – Jayden Christie (Altona) and Josh Corless (Bundoora RSL) – will be major players for a share of the $42,000 prizemoney.
Singles, pairs and triples in both men’s and women’s competitions will feature at the Vic Open, as well as mixed pairs.
Greater Shepparton mayor Dennis Patterson will officially open the 2015 Victorian Open on Saturday, November 7, at Shepparton Park BC at 10.45am.
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