Game set for Coolum tennis courts upgrade

Hudson Ash, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, Belen Ash and Neva Ash at the upgraded Coolum tennis courts. Photo: Contributed

It’s time to dust off the racquet and enjoy a hit of tennis at the newly upgraded courts at the Coolum Sports Complex. 

Founded in 1982, the Coolum Tennis Club has a new lease on life with the asphalt courts replaced with four acrylic-surfaced courts. The hard courts are surrounded by new fencing, LED lighting and new nets have also been installed. 

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was terrific to see sporting facilities like Coolum Sports Complex benefit from State Government COVID-19 Works for Queensland funding.

“Coolum Tennis Club has benefited from an investment of $350,000 from the Queensland Government funding package, along with an additional $70,000 from council’s Minor Capital Works program, with these improvements helping to cater for the growing demand the club is experiencing,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The works undertaken on these facilities also support local businesses while our economy continues to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.”

Coolum Tennis Club president Arthur Ziakas said the grant was critical and timely for the club and its players, to cater for increasing demand.

“The club will make great use of the newly constructed courts with space at certain times already at capacity, but with good management we can ensure these courts are used extensively and can cater for more participants,” President Arthur Ziakas said.

“The feedback so far has been very positive towards the new competition standard hard courts which are once again, available for use.

“The hard courts cater for a range of participation needs, from competitive and social tennis, specialty programs, junior and senior fixtures, wheelchair tennis and Pickle-ball.”

Tennis Queensland President, Warwick Nicol said the Coolum Tennis Club upgrade is a fantastic example of how an infrastructure upgrade can inspire even greater energy for physical activity in a community. 

“Coolum Tennis Club is deservedly enjoying strong interest from people who want to pick up a racquet either for social or competitive reasons,” Mr Nicol said.

“The resurfaced courts and lighting makes the club even more appealing to new members with an interest in learning a new pastime or rediscovering tennis.

“I congratulate the State government, the Sunshine Coast Council and the Coolum Tennis Club for working together to deliver this successful transformation.”

Coolum bowls darts wrap

Winner and highest peg out Ben Morgan with John Ostenfeld who was runner up at the social darts competition last Wednesday. Photo: Contributed

IT WAS a COVID safe darts with all players donning their masks as per the Queensland Health requirements and after missing darts for one week, players were eager to get back to ‘throwing arrows’.

Last week April 7 was won by Ben Morgan with John Ostenfeld as runner up.

A high score of 140 went to Tony Trowbridge, who was visiting from Sydney and a high peg out, (three darts finish with a double bull), of 110 to Ben Morgan.

There were 12 players who made it for the COVID darts last week – with all enjoying themselves.

Social Darts is handicapped based on players skills and wins and new players are always welcome and for more info on darts at the Bowlo, please phone Jon Evans on 0415 339 038

Coolum Bowls – Week ending April 11, 2021  

The Club hosted Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast Men’s District Teams on Sunday. Both teams are in the final stages of preparation for the upcoming Queensland State District Sides Championships. Congratulations to our own Coolum Bowlers Wade Mutzelburg, Jay Dawe, Peter Carmody and Jason Thomas who have gained selection in the team for this year.

Coolum also played host to the Sunshine Coast District Ladies Singles Championship over the weekend. Following sectional play on Saturday, 10 players progressed through to the elimination rounds. The final came down to a clash between two Coolum Bowlers –  Annie McGill and Ruth Perry. In the early stages players exchanged shots and it was obvious that the final was going to be a high standard game. As the game progressed Annie started to edge ahead and emerged as the winner. Congratulations both players for an outstanding game.

To top of a big weekend, our Sunday morning social bowlers had their biggest attendance in over two years. This game has been going for over 20 years and is now used to assist in the development of our new bowlers – who are paired with experienced players in a pairs format.  

Social Bowls Results

Thursday: First – Tina Solas and Margie Bartley, Second – Jasime IIlsey, Barb Peperkamp and Sandy Wilson, Third – Aaron Drylan and Bert Peperkamp.

Friday: First – Mark Cadamy and Chris Howard, Second – Syd Clarke and Alan Teale, Third – Mark Payne and Wayne Brown, Fourth – Liz Lennon, Ursala Ford and Pat Teale.

Sunday: First – Marg Townsend, Margie Bartley and Mark Cadamy, Second – Jason Membrey and John Lennon, Third – Sharon Moss, John Ford and Lance Pocock.

Match Chair Margaret Vincent with winner Annie McGill.

The Sunshine Coast District Team. Photos: Contributed

Coolum Bowls Wrap – Week Ending 7th March, 2021



Great 8 Round 4 Results:


  • Division 1 Green defeated Mooloolaba 7 to 3
  • Division 1 Red lost to The Waves Caloundra 6 to 4
  • Division 3 Orange defeated Mooloolaba 7 to 3
  • Division 3 Maroon lost to Solander Lakes 7 to 3
  • Division 5 Orange lost to Solander Lakes 7 to 3
  • Division 5 White lost to Mooloolaba 10 to 0


  • Division 1 Jade lost to Mooloolaba 10 to 0
  • Division 3 Diamond lost to Mooloolaba 10 to 0
  • Round 6 will see 4 teams play at home this Saturday 13th Team Selections will be posted on our Facebook site.

Social Bowls

  • Tuesday: First – Marie McCall & Pat Teale, Second – Sharyn Briggs & Stu Black, Third – Sue Lubowicz & Margie Bartley, Fourth – Judi Barrett & Tilly Coyne
  • Friday: First – Gary Green & Joe Pantry, Second – Mark Cadamy & Chris Howard, Third – Keith Windross & Peter Bain, Fourth – Peter Page & David Wright
  • Sunday: First – Aaron Drylan & John Field, Second – M.Cross, S Cross & B Williams

Men’s Club Pairs Championships

  • Semi Final Winners: Jay Dawe & Wade Mutzelburg, Mark Prosser & Jason Thomas

Ladies Club Singles Championships

  • Semi Final Winners: Annie McGill, Jenny Beattie

Men’s Club Championship Fours Final

  • The finals of this event will be played between Team Shane Burke & Team Jason Thomas on Saturday March 20 at 11.00am

Men’s Club Championship Singles

  • Rounds 1 & 2 of the Men’s Club Championship Singles will be played on Sunday March 14 commencing at 9.00am

Coolum Darts Wrap – March 11, 2021

Last week March 3 was won by Scott Hvass, pictured, with Mr Shane Turvey coming in as runner up. 

The highest score of 140 went to Scott and the highest peg out (three darts finish with a double), of 96 also went to Scott.

Scott now holds the highest current handicap and plays off 611.

Next weeks darts will be inside the club in the main bar area.

Social Darts is handicapped and based on player’s skills and wins. 

The Coolum Beach Bowls Club social darts competition is held every Wednesday night from 6:30pm. New players are always welcome and for more info on darts at the Bowlo, please contact Jon Evans on 0415 339 038

Last weeks overall winner, highest scorer and highest peg out – Scott Hvass who now holds the highest handicap of 611 at the social darts comp at the Bowlo. Photo: Contributed


Coolum Darts Wrap – Feb 18, 2021

February 10 winner Dave Bevan and runner up Chippy Hanson. Photo: Contributed

Social darts at the Coolum Beach Bowls Club is held every Wednesday night from 6:30pm.

Last week February 10 was won by Dave Bevan, (AKA Frog), with Chippy Hanson, as runner up.

A high score of 140 X 2 went to Danny Gott and a highest peg out, where a player uses all of their remaining three darts and finishes on the required ‘double’ went to Scott Hvass with an 88.

Two Spectacular bull finishes were witnessed on the night – one to Tom Schultz with 70 and one to Justine Davidson with a 65.

Social Darts is handicapped based on players’ skills and wins and new players are always encouraged to come along. For more info on darts at the ‘Bowlo’ please contact Jon Evans on 0415 339 038.

Stellar win for Coolum Surfy – Feb 18, 2021

Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club representatives at the State Board Riding Titles held at Miami last month. Photo: Contributed

A Great result was recorded for the Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) at Miami last month, with the team being crowned as state champions with a first in the overall points score at the QLD State Board Riding Titles. With nine podium finishes, including two gold, it was very much a team effort. The club said that it was great to see some of their young guns up on the podium and would like to thank Sharleen Swan as always for her team management support.

Name & Medal




Bruce Dunne

Male 40+ Short Board

Luan Soares Canina

Male U14 Short Board



Bruce Dunne

Male 40+ Long Board

Finn Walsh

Male U17 Short Board

Piper Dunne

Female U19 Short Board

Eadoo Damor

Female U12 Short Board



Jodie Waring

Female 40+ Long Board

Lachlan Andrews

Male U17 Short Board

Jodie Waring

Female 40+ Short Board



Jodie Waring

Female Open Long Board

Bruce Done

Male Open Long Board

Josh Andrews

Male U13 Short Board

Taj Beale 

Male U14 Short Board

Bowls results – week ending February 14

Thanks to Coolum Beach Bowls Club

Round 2 of the Great 8s bought 5 victories.

Round 3 will see 4 teams play at home this Saturday 20th.  February. Team Selections will be posted on our Facebook site. 


  • Division 1 Green Defeated Mooloolaba 7 to 3
  • Division 1 Red Defeated Waves Caloundra 8.5 to 1.5
  • Division 3 Orange lost to Mooloolaba 10 to 0
  • Division 3 Maroon Defeated Buderim 7 to 3
  • Division 5 Orange Defeated Solander Lakes 10 to 0
  • Division 5 White lost to Mooloolaba 7 to 3


  • Division 1 Jade lost to Tewantin 7 to 3
  • Division 3 Diamond Defeated Tewantin 7 to 3

Social Bowls

  • Thursday 1st Malcolm Thurston, Eve Field, Jenny Beattie 2nd Carol Belsham, Anne Stevens, Annie McGill
  • Friday 1st Ross Sloane, Bruce White, 2nd Richard Klim, Bill Burkitt, 3rd Syd Clarke, Allan Teale, 4th Ryan Burnett, Ray Whittaker
  • Sunday 1st Rex Tom, Ian Rapkins, Kimberley Raine

Men’s Club Pairs Championships

  • Round 1 Winners – Mal Bull, Wade Mutzelburg, Peter Page, Stu Black, Anthony Michaels, Greg Dale, Ray Whittaker, Bruce White, Jason Thomas, Shane Burke

Coolum Cricket – Feb 11, 2021

The Coolum ‘Sharkettes’ who had an impressive win over Maroochydore on Sunday. Photo: Contributed 

Congratulations to the Sharkettes who are now top of the ladder with one game left to play. Coolum ladies travelled to Maroochydore on Sunday for what was most likely the season decider. The Sharkettes won the toss and elected to bat. Anna Meldrum top scored with 23 off 22 balls to help the team reach 96. At the interval, opinions were divided as to whether the score was sufficient. Maroochydore had chased down over 100 earlier in the season against the Sharks in just 18 overs.

You could almost sense it was going to be the Sharks day though as Samantha Franks took the new ball and charged in. Sammy took wickets in her first two overs. In her second spell she claimed three more wickets to claim a ‘five for’. A remarkable achievement in a nine a side game and a great performance from Sammy, however it was a fantastic team performance that clinched the points. The fielding was top class and Sarah Beechey played a huge part in the victory with some tight bowling – just six runs off her four overs.

Credit to Kerry Cowling (team player/manager) and Rick Remington (coach) who made it all possible. 

Nearly half of all Queenslanders forget sun protection

Jan 4, 2021

We love our outdoor activities here in Queensland and unfortunately a recent study by Cancer Council of Queensland has identified that 45 per cent of respondents fail to use sun protection everyday because they simply forget, and that is just not good enough. 

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Queensland with 4,180 people diagnosed with melanoma and over 360,000 non-melanoma skin cancers treated each year. 

Almost all skin cancers (95-99%) are caused by over-exposure to UV radiation, meaning it is an almost entirely preventable cancer. 

In response to these figures Cancer Council Queensland is calling for Queenslanders to wake up, roll out of bed and Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide into their day. 

Queenslanders should incorporate sunscreen into their morning routine when UV levels are set to reach three or above, which in Queensland is every day.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the survey indicated that Queenslanders have become complacent when it comes to sun protection and that it is something that needs to be front of mind. 

“This survey makes it clear that more needs to be done to ensure Queenslanders attention is drawn to sun protection, so they take action to properly protect themselves,” Ms McMillan said.

“It’s concerning to learn nearly half of those surveyed identified that the main reason they don’t use sun protection everyday was because they forget, which is why we must encourage Queenslanders to add sun protection to their daily routine,” she said. 

“Positively, there was a strong desire from respondents to improve their knowledge and behaviour, with 95 per cent in favour of a sun protection mass media campaign.” 

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on the Queensland Government to invest $3 million per annum in a mass media skin cancer prevention campaign to improve community attitudes and behaviour towards sun protection and reduce the burden of skin cancer in Queensland.
Cancer Council Queensland recommends Queenslanders slip, slop, slap, seek and slide when the UV level is forecast to reach 3 or above, which is every day in Queensland.

For more information on sun protection visit,