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Editorial with Patrick McErlean
" Mother-in-Law returns lawn bowls to airwaves"


Over 17 years ago Patrick McErlean was broadcasting cricket through Brisbane radio’s 4BC network when he was approached to return lawn bowls to the airwaves.

Patrick said that the request came following a call from the program manager’s mother-in-law, following the axing of the ABCs Saturday morning lawn bowls radio show.

“During a break in transmission that day I was approached to see if it would be at all possible for me to roll out a bowls program on Sunday mornings.

“I immediately said yes not before asking how much of the stations’ time he would be prepared to devote to lawn bowls.

“He thought about it for a couple of minutes and then replied two - two minute segments,” Patrick said.

“What a son-in-law gave up in radio time for his mother-in-law was actually four minutes of real radio time!”

Now over 17 years later lawn bowls commands 60-minutes each Sunday - broadcast through the TAB and SEN Networks.

Financed largely by Patrick, the primary aim of the Lawn Bowls Radio Show has always been to raise the profile of lawn bowlers worldwide. The Lawn Bowls Radio Show covers coast-to-coast major national and international events.

This year alone has seen New South Wales Leif Selby capture four major titles, including the 2008 Australian Open men’s singles event - held at the Darebin Bowls Club in Melbourne, the Queensland Open at the Cleveland Bowls Club in Brisbane and the Australian Indoor men’s singles, held at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club in August. And to cap off an already amazing year Leif has also won the World Champion of Champions men’s singles held in Aberdeen, Scotland in September.

The 2008 Queensland Open women’s singles was won by Claire Duke who hails from the same club as Leif Selby, St Johns Park Bowls Club in Sydney. South Tweed Bowls Club’s Kelvin Kerkow and Tweed Heads Bowls Club’s Carmen Anderson were the winners of the 2008 Golden Nugget.

For the second year running the Australian Indoor women’s singles was won by Karen Murphy of Cabramatta and her club mate Katrina Wright represented Australia in the World Champion of Champions following her Australian Open wins in February this year.

“The radio program keeps bowlers and non-bowlers completely informed about the great game of lawn bowls.

“We will be covering before years end the NSW Open, Auckland Open and looking forward to covering the TransTasman which will be held in North Queensland in March, 2009,” Patrick said.

“All of these competitions will fine-tune the Australian squad for the assault on the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, India.”

Six years ago following the success of the radio show Patrick created a website to compliment the radio programme.

“With up to 275,000 lawn bowlers in Australia alone it is important that the link is strengthened for the people,” Patrick said.

“To keep bowlers up-to-date, the website acts as a radio link for bowls worldwide and linking all bowlers throughout the world.

“The website www.lawnbowls.com.au carries the recorded interviews as a back-up to the radio broadcast and is shared with the rest of the world.”

For more information contact: Patrick McErlean on (07) 3848 7423 or pat@lawnbowlsworld.com.au