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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
bronze medal match. For the second time in 24 hours Fisher was jumped early by his opponent - it's the price of being the 'fastest gun in the west', everyone lifts when they face Australia's best junior - and added to Lady Luck's abject desertion, Fisher was unable to peg the young NSW star back. On the previous day, in the final singles qualifying round Fisher played WA's Cody Packer for section honours, and after trailing the bespectacled Sandgroper 7-20, staged an heroic comeback. In an inspirational charge Fisher claimed eleven consecutive shots before Packer, who was looking very shaky indeed, eventually snared the vital single for victory. He then went on to defeat NT's Martin Miller in the gold medal play-off. However, in the boys pairs' third qualifying round against Packer and his WA teammate Robert Bell, Fisher demonstrated exactly why he has attracted the tag. In partnership with Wilson, Fisher skipped a flawless match to guarantee his team's appearance in the gold medal play-off. But not all of day three's kudos belonged to the boys, who won two of their four matches, as the Victorian girls also had a terrific day, winning three of their outings. In the morning Lisa Phillips clocked up a strong 21-11 win over WA's highly fancied Kristina Krstic, to earn a place in the bronze medal play-off against South Austra- lia's Breeanna Dickson. How she must rue her narrow two-shot second round loss to Queensland's Carly Griffiths, the defending champion, who later defeated NSW's Megan Walsh to claim consecutive gold medals. Phillips had outplayed both finalists on route to victory in this year's Australian Open Under-18 Singles event at Shepparton Park. Phillips then joined Chloe Stewart in the afternoon's pairs play-off against ACT for seventh and eight places, where the young Victorians were in seductive form and steamrolled their way to an emphatic 31-11 win. Further up the green it was another Victoria versus ACT battle for seventh place, with our triples combina- tion of Michelle Dick, Joanna Cassar and Rebecca Allan being in equally imposing form while collecting their 24-9 victory. Following these successes the curtain came down on this year's marvellous championship, and the event's six-year love affair with the picturesque Halekulani com- plex. By virtue of a newly initiated rotation system, next season's junior nationals will be hosted in Queensland. - David Allen Bowls In Focus 7 an Junior onships ni Bowling Club, NSW Boys: Singles: D Fisher (Clayton): Rd.1: Vic d Tas (J Baker) 21-17; Rd.2: Vic d Qld (B Savva) 21-12; Rd.3: Vic lost to WA (C Packer) 18-21; Play-off for 3rd and 4th: Vic lost to NSW (S Pryor) 13-21. Pairs: D Fisher (Clayton), A Wilson (Essendon): Rd.1: Vic d Tas (B Baker, A Whitmore) 18-9; Rd.2: Vic d Qld (J Cross, J Carpenter) 16-13; Rd.3: Vic d WA (C Packer, R Bell) 20-10; Play-off for Gold Medal: Vic lost to ACT (B Locke, M McLean) 16-18. Triples: M Rennex (Moonee Valley), B McArthur (Webbcona), D McKinnon (Werribee RSL): Rd.1: Vic lost to Tas (P Bannister, B Lee, J Baker) 13-22; Rd.2: Vic d Qld (B Leese, B Savva, S de Jongh) 14-12; Rd.3: Vic lost to WA (S Pennington, B Nairn, M France) 13-20; Play off for 7th and 8th: Vic d NT (S Duffield, O Short, J Whelan) 22-8. Fours: M Rennex (Moonee Valley), A Wilson (Essendon), B McArthur (Webbcona), D McKinnon (Werribee RSL): Rd.1: Vic d Tas (P Bannister, B Lee, B Baker, A Whitmore) 15-11; Rd.2: Vic drew Qld (B Leese, S de Jongh, J Cross, J Carpenter) 17-17; Rd.3: Vic d WA (S Pennington, R Bell, B Nairn, M France) 25-9; Play-off for Gold Medal: Vic d NSW (M McIntyre, J Eichorn, K Johannes, A Teys) 21-12. Girls: Singles: L Phillips (Yallourn): Rd.1: Vic d Tas (C Hobbs) 21-14; Rd.2: Vic lost to Qld (C Griffiths) 19-21; Rd.3: Vic d WA (K Krstic) 21-11; Play-off for 3rd and 4th: Vic d SA (B Dickson) 21-14. Pairs: L Phillips (Yallourn), C Stewart (Sunbury): Rd.1: Vic lost to Tas (G Jones, C Hobbs) 16-22; Rd.2: Vic lost to Qld (C Griffiths, Z Jones) 7-21; Rd.3: Vic (C Stewart, M Cassar) d WA (K Krstic, S Heldt) 12-11; Play-off for 7th and 8th: Vic (L Phillips, C Stewart) d ACT (S George, L Carden) 31-11. Triples: M Dick (Sunbury), J Cassar (Glenroy), R Allan (Phillip Island): Rd.1: Vic lost to Tas (J Knight, B Mabb, M Baker) 12-19; Rd.2: Vic lost to Qld (K de Waard, L Ingham, S Griffiths) 14-15; Rd.3: Vic lost to WA (R Cole, K Rogalski, J Lim) 12-16; Play-off for 7th and 8th: Vic d ACT (C Anderson, R Paine, R Didier) 24-9. Fours: M Dick (Sunbury), C Stewart (Sunbury), J Cassar (Glenroy), R Allan (Phillip Island): Rd.1: Vic d Tas (J Knight, B Mabb, G Jones, M Baker) 21-9; Rd.2: Vic lost to Qld (K de Waard, L Ingham, S Griffiths, Z Jones) 10-19; Rd.3: Vic lost to WA (R Cole, K Rogalski, J Lim, S Heldt) 13-20; Play-off for 5th and 6th: Vic d ACT (C Anderson, R Paine, R Didier, L Carden) 18-10. Final team results: NSW 70, Qld 64, Victoria 42 (countback), SA 42, WA 42, ACT 28, Tas 25, NT 23. In Nationals