Meet the teams
Cue the countdown ... just the weekend to go before the biggest 5-a-Side competition begins!. This year's event will feature a mega prize pool of $70,000, with the winning side taking home a sweet $24,000. So what better way to preview the Broadbeach 5-a-Side here at 'The Home of Bowls' than naming the competing sides and players.
Do you want the opportunity to own one of the fantastic competing teams? Well you can, at our Calcutta Night on Sunday 4th September at 6pm. We are proud to have lots of local Queensland sides in this years tournament.
First off the rank we would like you to meet the lineup for the
Belmont Blaze (QLD)
The Blaze will be ready to burn with their mix of youth and experience. All five of these players know what it takes to win and will certainly be a side to watch.
Currently one of the most formidable family duos in bowls, Jacob & Kane Nelson will team up in the Pairs discipline for Belmont, looking to continue an impressive couple of years together on the bowls stage. Premier League skip Brendon Egan will take on the Singles role for the Blaze. They will be joined by QLD Over 60's rep John Finlayson and NSW U25 rep Indi Conlan.
Another awesome alliance to add to the list, we present...
Bundoora RSL Hornets (VIC)
This is a side mixed with youth and experience, as well as plenty of energy and competitive nature. The Hornets will be keen to taste success in their first 5-A-Side at Broadbeach.
Australian Pathways Member, Dean O'Neill will be ready to fire on the Broadbeach greens, with the Bundoora legends of Adrian Marchioli and the 'Smoother', Luke Aiello alongside him. Victorian Men's Rep, Josh Corless will be a spearhead for the Hornets, whilst Victorian Pairs Champion, Ben Hubber won't be far from the jack as standard.
A strong Sydney crew who will have their eyes on the prize...
Engadine Cougars (NSW)
Well known around the state of NSW, the Cougars were the Grade 1 State Pennant Runners Up earlier this year. They have class and talent, but can they mix well enough for a finals berth?
NSW Representatives, Mason Lewis (Open) & Callum Murray (Under 25) are some of the finest young talent in the State and will be hard to beat on the Broadbeach greens, as will rising talent Jordan Thompson appearing in his first 5-a-Side event. Jack Lewis is no stranger to big occasions, having also represented NSW on numerous occasions in Under 25's. Rounding out the five stars is Chris Roberts who will be vying with the Cougars for the $24,000 Winner's cheque.
A team who will look to go deep into the tournament. It's the boys from Adelaide
Holdfast Bay (SA)
Holdfast Bay are always a strong contender in the Metro Premier League competition. They have a side filled with strong players and will be eager to claim the winner's cheque.
Australian Emerging Jackaroo Josh Studham will headline the Bay in the Singles role and team up with Barry Beaumont in the Pairs. Holdfast have given North Qld star Damien McGee the green light as the club's marquee for the event. They will be joined by Premier League players Craig Goldfinch and Damon Edmunds.
Could it be the crew from Tassie that become the 2022 Champions? We introduce you to the
Kingborough Tigers (TAS)
Another side that are no strangers to high pressure situations. The Tigers have won three Southern Tasmania Premier League titles, along with a State Premier League flag. Kingborough hold the second largest membership in the Southern Region of Tasmania, with plenty of top players amongst the crew.
They will be lead at the Broadbeach 5-A-Side by Pathways Jackaroo Will Coad and Team Manager Brent Forsyth. The Tigers have also called upon three of the clubs Premier League representatives in Nathan Dinning, Jason Fowler & Treb O'Neill.
One of Sydney's most competitive clubs who've been on the scene decades. It's the...
Merrylands Magic (NSW)
It's been a couple of years since a 5-a-Side event has been played, but the Magic aren't new to this big occasion. With plenty of NSW Pennant Flags to their name, Merrylands will certainly want to add a 5-a-Side trophy to the cabinet. With a team full of champions, they will certainly compete with the best.
The Magic will include the likes of current NSW Champions, Shawn Thompson, Michael Clarke and Peter Harry. Well-renowned bowler in NSW, Darren Morrison will also be in action for his club, as well as the Tiger himself, Tony Wood.
Making the short commute down from northern Gold Coast it's the...
Paradise Point Dolphins (QLD)
The boys from Paradise are ready to kick off the 5-a-Side in style and we look forward to welcoming them to Broadbeach this September
The Dolphins have been eagerly building a great foundation of players over the last 18 months, with five top players ready to dish up some competition to the rest of this years 5-a-Side field.
Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Bill Cornehls will headline Paradise Point for their campaign, alongside Premier League Skip Wilson Alexander. Young gun Kobe Barton will fulfil the duties of the Singles role for the Dolphins and will team up with Glen Clinkett and Darren Christie in the Triples.
Our second international side the team from New Zealand. It's the ...
South Island Storm (NZ)
They have some Aussie flavour amongst the team and will be ready to rock the competition next week. This crew is a great bunch of people. They are Broadbeach regulars and know the four greens back to front. Not to mention some close family ties here. The Storm will cause a few upsets, so keep on eye on them.
Roger & Bronwyn Stevens are amongst the Kiwi blood in this team. The pair are Division 1 reps on the Gold Coast, with Bronwyn being a Development Blackjack for New Zealand. They are joined by former New Zealand rep Dean Drummond and the strong Burleigh brother duo of Gary & Ian Law.
They've won 5-a-Side events before, can they do it again?
Warilla Gorillas (NSW)
One of the hottest sides, the Warilla Gorillas, have a total combined weight of just over a ton (of bowls talent that is), you won't have time enough to count all the State, National and International titles amongst these players.
Australian Jackaroo's Aaron Teys & Corey Wedlock will headline the Gorillas for their campaign, as will Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly who will be ready to pulverize some of his opposition. World Cup Champion, Jeremy Henry will watch over the youthful Gorilla's, whilst Lee Stinson will be sure to pack all of his good bowls for the Gold Coast trip.
An awesome club with an awesome team name - we think so anyway. It's the ...
Belrose Bulls (NSW)
Belrose are a Grade 1 NSW Pennant club located in the Sydney Northern Zone 9. There are some very familiar faces in the side for Belrose, is this the year they tie it all together for a maiden 5-A-Side title?
The Bulls have included long-time representatives Steve Rawlings, Matt Blackburn and Brad Franklin in this very strong side. World U25 Mixed Pairs Champion Billy Johnson will feature in the team, as well as super lead Steve Gliddon.
Time to introduce a local crew, from just a short hop down the Coast...
Burleigh Heads Waterdragons (QLD)
2022 PLQ Champions, this side isn’t short of experience on the big stage, nor with one another.
One of Australia’s best, Barrie Lester will look to guide the side to a pre-eminent event. Qld State Singles Winner, Dean McWhinney and the Runner-Up, Gary Pearson will join forces and create a solid ground for this team. Qld U25 Rep, Dale McWhinney-Shillington will be fired up and ready to do battle. Rounding out the side is Qld Legend, Scott De Jongh who will be keen as ‘mustard’ for the 5-A-Side.
One of the five Victorian sides that will make their presence felt...
Flemington Kensington Colts (VIC)
The Colts are on the rise, having recently signed some great players as well as competing in the UBC Event. They will be looking to add a 5-a-Side title to their resumé.
Victorian State Champion of Champions Singles Winner, Jordan Yates will be ready to get some wins on the board for the Colts, more than likely competing in the Singles role. Australian Open Fours Runner Up's, Dave Donaldson and Mick West will add plenty of experience and strength to this side. Two of the Colts Division 1 Skip's and multiple Club Title Winners, Scott Wise & Jason Doyle will make this side one to watch.
We can't wait to welcome these guys to the Broadbeach Bulls
Hong Kong (HK)
We look forward to welcoming some International flavour to this year's tournament. What a great side to have as part of the event. The only team in the competition with five International Players making up the side. Watch out, these guys will be a threat to the rest of the field.
World Champion of Champions Singles dual-Silver medalist Tony Cheung will play a vital role in Hong Kong's success at the 5-a-Side. World Indoor Women's Runner Up Gloria Ha will also be a key player in the team. Cheryl Chan has plenty of experience on the Broadbeach greens, finishing Runner Up in the 2018 Australian Open Women's Pairs. Hong Kong have also recruited the talents of International's James Po and Angel So for the event.
Back-to-back Melbourne Premier League Champions, it's none other than the mighty
Melbourne Demons (VIC)
These guys are definitely in for a shot at the 2022 title.
The Dees are a close-knit group of mates who have thrived on the Victorian stage for a very long time. These boys are no strangers to the 5-a-Side format, and will bring past experience to the greens in just over a weeks time.
Australian Open Pairs Runner-Up Brett Spurr will skip disciplines for the Demons, alongside former Victorian State skip Matt Ellul. The experience continues with Melbourne sending Ben Fearn, Bryce Young & Curtis Hanley up to the Gold Coast to compete.
We're proud to introduce one of the World's most recognised clubs...
Moama Steamers (NSW)
The Moama Steamers will be showcasing an array of talent at Broadbeach this September.
Lead by Scotland's Kevin Anderson, the team will include emerging Jackaroo Cassandra Millerick, Brad Campbell and new superstar young recruit, Cameron Keenan. Moama will also feature a Marquee Player - World Under 25 Champion, Dylan Fisher.
Arguably one of the strongest clubs in the Newcastle/Hunter region, the...
Raymond Terrace Jets (NSW)
No strangers to the 5-a-Side format the Raymond Terrace Jets will certainly be a hot team at this years competition. Former Champions, they are looking for another title and with a lineup of players like this, they can certainly score the chocolates in this year's tough field.
2019 Australian Singles Champion, Matt Baus will want to get his team off to a solid start and back-up with the likes of World Champion of Champions Winner, Lee Schraner and NSW State Singles Winner, Lennon Scott this might be the year for Raymond Terrace. Shannon Gittoes and Jason Stokes, two of the best players out of the Newcastle area, will play a pivotal role in creating a successful campaign for the club.
Here's our farthest north side, it's the boys from country Queensland,
Souths Suburban Sharkies (QLD)
Souths Suburban are one of the strongest clubs in North Qld. They have been a dominant team in the Mackay District for many years. Can the Sharkies dominate the field at Broadbeach?
The side will feature Premier League Queensland Skip Robert Hammond as a marquee player for the Mackay side. The 'Pistol' Peter Blackburn will be a key player in the team, along with Australian Triples Champion Peter 'Tool' Balderson, Rick Dunn & Brody Johnson.
Lastly we showcase a new team in the 5-a-Side competition. From metropolitan Melbourne, it's the
Whittlesea Eagles (VIC)
Whittlesea are a former Premier Division club in Melbourne, having tasted plenty of success around the grounds. They are looking to climb back up the rungs into Premier Division, and we're certain they wouldn't mind a 5-a-Side title either.
The side will feature a strong outfit including Australian Open Runner-Ups, Ben Winther (Pairs) and Thor Shannon (Fours). Locals Paul Williamson, Robbie Millar & Kyle Williams will also join the Eagles. They are ready to soar into the Gold Coast and take on the field.
Thirdly we're pleased to introduce the home side...
Broadbeach Bulls (QLD)
The Bulls will be eager to play in front of their home crowd and will want to engrave their names on the trophy with the 2019 Champions, Adelaide.
The Bulls will be managed by two of the best players in the World - Australian Open Champion Aron Sherriff and Canadian World Champion Ryan Bester. Australian Pairs Champion Sean Ingham, Australian Triples Champion Nick Cahill & former Australian Open Fours Champion Bradley Lawson will all look to continue runs of great form and lift the trophy for the home club.
Yet another great team, from Sydney's South West (Zone 12), it's the
Cabra Vale Diggers (NSW)
Cabra Vale will be pumped for the clubs first appearance in a 5-A-Side event. They have a great mix of talent and experience which could lead to some great things throughout the week of competition.
The Diggers will march on to the greens with NSW stars Brent Norman, Josh Berry & Mick Harry who will be eager to score some early wins on the board. The club have also recruited Adam Troth & Rick Lucey to represent The Diggers on the Gold Coast. They will be watched over closely by Club Director Ronnie Moore, taking on the role as Team Manager.
From the vineyards and wineries of South Australia we welcome another mighty side, the
Grange Dolphins (SA)
The Grange Dolphins will be keen for the 5-a-Side title with this strong crew. Metropolitan Premier League Champions is not all they will want on the history boards this year.
Australian Representative Wayne Ruediger will lead the Dolphin's charge, along with one of SA's most lucrative skip's, Craig Mills. Young stars Tyson Wilson and Nathan Black will be highly valuable assets for Grange, along with the current SA State Pairs Champion, Marc Evans.
Hailing from the Sunshine Coast it's time to introduce the
Kawana Thunder (QLD)
The Thunder lineup is something of another level. These five know what it takes to win major events. Four international representatives and one of Australia's most experienced ... not too shabby!
The Thunder have recruited the talents of Scottish Five-time World Champion, Darren Burnett. He will be joined on the Gold Coast by his brother Ryan Burnett, Australian World Champion, Brett Wilkie, New Zealand Blackjack, Katelyn Inch and Australian Open Fours Champion, Kurt Brown. Anyone else run out of breath reading that? Wow, what a side!
We're looking forward to welcoming a few of our mates back in the ...
Merimbula Dolphins (NSW)
Experience aplenty in this side. The boys from the South Coast are ready to dive into the week of bowls on the Gold Coast. Will it be the week of the Dolphins?
Merimbula will have there trusty Bowls Manager and former Australian rep Michael Wilks at the helm, along with local boys Steve Douglas, Greg Smith & Ken Snowden. A massive import for the Dolphins sees local Jade Groenewege ready to roll here at his home club.
Introducing another crew from the suburbs of Sydney. It's the ...
NBC Sports Roosters (NSW)
Northmead, affectionately known as NBC Sports, are a top level Division 1 club on the rise in Sydney and are part of the very strong Zone 10 Sydney North-west. Can they pull through to win the 5-a-Side this year at Broadbeach?
The Roosters will be spearheaded by Brett 'Cyril' Hughes and 'The Big Boppa', Matthew Phillips. These two champions along with NSW Women's rep Angela Platt, Matthew Slager and Bill Harkins create a strong team that can definitely upset some of the competition.
Next up we present the NSW team from Port Stephens...
Soldiers Point Soldiers (NSW)
These guys will be looking to topple over some of the big sides at the 2022 event.
Former Australian Rep, Terry Antram will lead the side with the NSW Zone 2 Veteran, Warren Shipley. 2021 Australian Open Men’s Pairs Champion, Matt Johnstone will feature as a powerhouse player for the side, whilst Daniel Clarke & Bill Ahoy will be hard to beat up front.
The next squad announced is reigning NSW State Pennant Champs...
St Johns Park Saints (NSW)
St Johns Park is one of the most recognised bowls clubs in the World. The Saints will be marching to Broadbeach with an All-Star line up.
Ben Twist, who will be representing Australia at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, will lead the squad which includes former Australian #1 David Ferguson and Australian Jackaroo Dawn Hayman. Matthew Pieterson, a winner of many major singles tournaments around Australia will be part of the crew, as will one of the best leads in the country, Craig Donaldson.