vision of one man resulted in the birth
of the Premier League Lawn Bowls INC. in
2000. Known to us all as Premier League
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
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’
competitions run by PLQ are ‘Open’ to
all without gender decimation.
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 competition caters for bowlers
who have a competitive nature,
regardless of their level of ability and
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
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.
steady growth from year to year shows
that it is a competition that is a
proven success, valued by the Clubs.
growth is startling when you look at the
- 38 teams, 21 clubs
- 50 teams, 25 clubs
- 71 teams, 30 clubs,
- 89 teams, 36 clubs,
- 147 teams, 56 Clubs
-152 Teams, 58 clubs
-Early interest is huge.
is more than double the number of Clubs
and close to four times the number of
teams and therefore bowlers on the