World Bowls Events
These are the premier World Bowls Events between national bowls organisations affiliated to World Bowls Ltd.
First held in Australia in 1966, the World Bowls Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. From 2008 the men's and women's events are held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by sides of 5 players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the 4 disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall 5-player side — the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women.
The next World Bowls Championships will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 28 November – 16 December 2016.
|Year||Venue||Singles Champion||Fours Champions *|
|1966||Sydney, Australia||David Bryant (ENG)||Bill O'Neill, Gordon Jolly, Ron Buchan, Norm Lash (NZL)|
|1972||Worthing, England||Maldwyn Evans (WAL)||Peter Line, Ted Hayward, Cliff Stroud, Norman King (ENG)|
|1976||Johannesburg, South Africa||Doug Watson (RSA)||Kevin Campbell, Bill Moseley, Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot (RSA)|
|1980||Melbourne, Australia||David Bryant (ENG)||Omar Dallah, Eric Liddell, George Souza, Philip Chok (HKG)|
|1984||Aberdeen, Scotland||Peter Belliss (NZL)||Tony Allcock, John Bell, Julian Haines, George Turley (ENG)|
|1988||Auckland, New Zealand||David Bryant (ENG)||Jim Baker, Sammy Allen, John McCloughlin, Rodney McCutcheon (IRE)|
|1992||Worthing, England||Tony Allcock (ENG)||Angus Blair, Willie Wood, Alex Marshall, Graham Robertson (SCO)|
|1996||Adelaide, Australia||Tony Allcock (ENG)||John Bell, Andy Thomson, David Cutler, Brett Morley (ENG)|
|2000||Johannesburg, South Africa||Jeremy Henry (IRE)||William Thomas, Robert Weale, Stephen Rees, Mark Williams (WAL)|
|2004||Ayr, Scotland||Steve Glasson (AUS)||Jim Baker, Neil Booth, Noel Graham, Jonny Ross (IRE)|
|2008||Christchurch, New Zealand||Safuan Said (MAS)||Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer, Richard Girvan, Andrew Todd (NZL)|
|2012||Adelaide, Australia||Leif Selby (AUS)||Aron Sherriff, Mark Casey, Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger (AUS)|
|Year||Pairs Champions *||Triples Champions *||Leonard Trophy|
|1966||Geoff Kelly, Albert Palm (AUS)||John Dobbie, Athol Johnston, Don Collins (AUS)||Australia|
|1972||Eric Liddell, Saco Delgado (HKG)||Dick Folkins, Clive Forrester, Bill Miller (USA)||Scotland|
|1976||Bill Moseley, Doug Watson (RSA)||Kevin Campbell, Nando Gatti, Kelvin Lightfoot (RSA)||South Africa|
|1980||Peter Rheuben, Alf Sandercock (AUS)||David Bryant, Tony Allcock, Jimmy Hobday (ENG)||England|
|1984||Skip Arculli, George Adrain (USA)**||Jim Baker, Sammy Allen, Stan Espie (IRE)||Scotland|
|1988||Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey (NZL)||Phil Skoglund, Morgan Moffat, Ian Dickison (NZL)||England|
|1992||Alex Marshall, Richard Corsie (SCO)||Cecil Bransky, Lawrence Mendelsohn, Leon Blum (ISR)||Scotland|
|1996||Sammy Allen, Jeremy Henry (IRE)||George Adrain, Willie Wood, Kenny Logan (SCO)||Scotland|
|2000||Alex Marshall, George Sneddon (SCO)||Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey, Andrew Curtain (NZL)||Australia|
|2004||Ryan Bester, Keith Roney (CAN)||David Peacock, Willie Wood, Jim McIntyre (SCO)||Scotland|
|2008||Gary Lawson, Russell Meyer (NZL)||David Peacock, Willie Wood, Wayne Hogg (SCO)||New Zealand|
|2012||Alex Marshall, Paul Foster (SCO)||Graeme Archer, Darren Burnett, David Peacock (SCO)||Australia|
* Team order is Skip to Lead
** Jim Candelet (USA) was taken ill during the pool stages and had to withdraw from the championships. As the USA did not have an available substitute the organisers allowed George Adrain (SCO), a reserve with the Scottish team, to take his place for the rest of the tournament.
|Year||Venue||Singles Champion||Fours Champions *|
|1969||Sydney, Australia||Gladys Doyle (PNG)||May Gridlan, C Bidwell, Y Emanuel, S Sundelowitz (RSA)|
|1973||Wellington, New Zealand||Elsie Wilkie (NZL)||Cis Winstanley, Verna Devlin, Noeline Scott, Irene Foote (NZL)|
|1977||Worthing, England||Elsie Wilkie (NZL)||Merle Richardson, Lorna Lucas, Connie Hicks, Dot Jenkinson (AUS)|
|1981||Toronto, Canada||Norma Shaw (ENG)||Mavis Steele, Betty Stubbings, Gloria Thomas, Eileen Fletcher (ENG)**|
|1985||Melbourne, Australia||Merle Richardson (AUS)||Frances Whyte, Annette Evans, Elizabeth Christie, Sarah Gourlay (SCO)|
|1988||Auckland, New Zealand||Janet Ackland (WAL)||Dorothy Roche, Norma Wainwright, Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey (AUS)|
|1992||Ayr, Scotland||Margaret Johnston (IRE)||Senga McCrone, Frances Whyte, Janet Maxwell, Joyce Lindores (SCO)|
|1996||Leamington Spa, England||Carmen Anderson (NFK)||Daphne Shaw, Margaret Sumner, Marilyn Peddell, Gordana Baric (AUS)|
|2000||Moama, Australia||Margaret Johnston (IRE)||Anne Lomas, Patsy Jorgensen, Jan Khan, Sharon Sims (NZL)|
|2004||Leamington Spa, England||Margaret Johnston (IRE)||Amy Monkhouse, Jean Baker, Ellen Falkner, Jayne Christie (ENG)|
|2008||Christchurch, New Zealand||Val Smith (NZL)||Karen Murphy, Claire Turley, Julie Keegan, Lynsey Clarke (AUS)|
|2012||Adelaide, Australia||Karen Murphy (AUS)||Margaret Letham, Caroline Brown, Lynn Stein, Michelle Cooper (SCO)|
|Year||Pairs Champions *||Triples Champions *||Taylor Trophy|
|1969||May Gridlan, E McDonald (RSA)||C Bidwell, Y Emanuel, S Sundelowitz (RSA)||South Africa|
|1973||Dot Jenkinson, Lorna Lucas (AUS)||Cis Winstanley, Irene Foote, Noeline Scott (NZL)||New Zealand|
|1977||Helen Wong, Elvie Chok (HKG)||Enid Morgan, Margaret Pomeroy, Joan Osborne (WAL)||Australia|
|1981||Nan Allely, Eileen Bell (IRE)||Lena Sadick, Rae O'Donnell, Linda King (HKG)||England|
|1985||Merle Richardson, Fay Craig (AUS)||Mavis Meadowcroft, Norma Massey, Dorothy Roche (AUS)||Australia|
|1988||Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan (IRE)||Dorothy Roche, Marion Stevens, Greeta Fahey (AUS)||England|
|1992||Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan (IRE)||Frances Whyte, Janet Maxwell, Joyce Lindores (SCO)||Scotland|
|1996||Margaret Johnston, Phillis Nolan (IRE)||Hester Bekker, Barbara Redshaw, Jannie de Beer (RSA)||South Africa|
|2000||Joyce Lindores, Margaret Letham (SCO)||Anne Lomas, Sharon Sims, Patsy Jorgensen (NZL)||England|
|2004||Jo Edwards, Sharon Sims (NZL)||Loraine Victor, Jill Hackland, Trish Steyn (RSA)||England|
|2008||Jo Edwards, Val Smith (NZL)||Lorna Smith, Loraine Victor, Sylvia Burns (RSA)||Australia|
|2012||Rebecca Quail, Kelsey Cottrell (AUS)||Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke, Natasha Van Eldik (AUS)||Australia|
* Team order is Skip to Lead.
** Irene Molyneux (ENG) may have played as a replacement in the 1981 Fours final.
|Hong Kong China||2||2||4|
|Papua New Guinea||0||1||1|
World Champion of Champions Singles
- Contested annually between bowlers who have won their respective national singles title.
- The next competition will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 24–30 November 2014.
|2003||Moama, Australia||Liz James (SWZ)||Douw Calitz (NAM)|
|2004||Warilla, Australia||Margaret Johnston (IRE)||Ali Forsyth (NZL)|
|2005||Christchurch, New Zealand||Nor Iryani Azmi (MAS)||Mark Walton (ENG)|
|2006||Christchurch, New Zealand||Julie Saunders (ENG)||Darren Burnett (SCO)|
|2007||Warilla, Australia||Alison Merrien (GGY)||Tony Grantham (NZL)|
|2008||Aberdeen, Scotland||Kathy Pearce (WAL)||Leif Selby (AUS)|
|2009||Ayr, Scotland||Kelsey Cottrell (AUS)||Brett Wilkie (AUS)|
|2010||Norfolk Island||Jan Khan (NZL)||Aron Sherriff (AUS)|
|2011||Hong Kong, China||Jo Edwards (NZL)||Thomas Geechan (JER)|
|2012||Paphos, Cyprus||Sandra Keith (NZL)||Hizlee Abdul Rais (MAS)|
|2013||Christchurch, New Zealand||Karen Murphy (AUS)||Thomas Bishop (ENG)|
World Cup Singles
- Contested annually between bowlers from national bowls organisations.
- The inaugural event (2005) was held in Hong Kong. Since then the venue has been Warilla, New South Wales.
- The World Cup is played indoors, while the Junior World Cup (for players aged under 25) is usually played outdoors.
|Year||World Cup||World Junior Cup|
|2005||Grace Chu (HKG)||Mark Casey (AUS)||Lynsey Clarke (AUS)||Safuan Said (MAS)|
|2006||Shirley Choy (CAN)||Neil Speirs (SCO)||Lynsey Clarke (AUS)||Wayne Hogg (SCO)|
|2007||Judy Nardella (AUS)||Kelvin Kerkow (AUS)||Melanie Macaulay (AUS)||Barry Kane (NIR)|
|2008||Alison Merrien (GGY)||Safuan Said (MAS)||Melanie Macaulay (AUS)||Aron Sherriff (AUS)|
|2009||Jo Edwards (NZL)||Leif Selby (AUS)||Genevieve Baildon (NZL)||Craig England (SCO)|
|2010||Jo Edwards (NZL)||Leif Selby (AUS)||Samantha Shannahan (AUS)||Andrew Kelly (NZL)|
|2011||Jo Edwards (NZL)||James Talbot (IRE)||Clare McCaul (NZL)||Ben Twist (AUS)|
|2012||Alison Merrien (GGY)||Jeremy Henry (AUS)|
|2013||Jo Edwards (NZL)||Jeremy Henry (AUS)|