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    THE vision of one man resulted in the birth of the Premier League Lawn Bowls INC. in 2000.  Known to us all as Premier League Queensland (PLQ)

    Bowls enthusiast Gary Andrews believed elite bowlers needed more than pennants to satisfy their competitive hunger.

    Gary, then a member of the Springwood club, set about bringing his vision to fruition in 1999.  He wrote all the rules, many of them innovative, and gained overwhelming support from clubs and such icons of the game as Steve Glasson and Kelvin Kerkow.

    The result was a 14-team competition sponsored by RACQ-GIO for $20,000 a year over three years.

    Founding clubs were Bribie Island, Caloundra, Capalaba, Ferny Grove, Hamilton, Ipswich United Services, Moorooka, Musgrave Hill, Noosa Heads, Pine Rivers, South Tweed, Springwood, Surfers Paradise and Tweed Heads.

    The Premier League Queensland is today regarded as the benchmark of the game in this state and is highly regarded Australia wide.

    The PLQ Premier Grades competition has evolved over the years in a number of forms, whilst maintaining that innovative style set by Gary Andrews. It has now settled on a12 Team competition incorporation Premier Grade and ‘A’ Grade.

    All competitions run by PLQ are ‘Open’ to all without gender decimation.

    Whilst the Premier Grades cater for the highly skilled elite bowlers, in 2009 PLQ recognised a need to cater for bowlers at all skill levels and  introduced ‘The Sevens’

    The Sevens competition caters for bowlers who have a competitive nature, regardless of their level of ability and experience.

    The vision with the ‘Sevens’ is to run a competition that:

    ·        Is fair and equitable,

    ·         Allows Clubs of all sizes to compete and be    competitive.

    ·        Allows bowlers of all levels of ability to compete against  bowlers of similar ability.

    ·        Allows male and female bowlers to compete with and against each other in the same competition.

    ·        Gives clubs the opportunity to play against different clubs from their District Pennant competition, while keeping travel to a maximum of one and a half hours where possible.

    ·        Is conducted under the laws of the Sport of Bowls, except as provided for in the Published Conditions of Play.

    To support this aim the competition is run as a home & away format, within divisions and sections where teams play each other, once on their home green and once on opponents green. The Sevens is therefore conducted with six teams per section which takes ten weeks plus two weeks of  finals.

    The steady growth from year to year shows that it is a competition that is a proven success, valued by the Clubs.

    The growth is startling when you look at the figures:

    2011: - 38 teams, 21 clubs

    2012: - 50 teams, 25 clubs

    2013: - 71 teams, 30 clubs,

    2014: - 89 teams, 36 clubs,

    2015: - 147 teams, 56 Clubs

    2016: -152 Teams, 58 clubs

    2017: -Early interest is huge.

    That is more than double the number of Clubs and close to four times the number of teams and therefore bowlers on the green.


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