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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
Bowls In Focus 15 Women's Championships at Shepparton Park Bowls Club Singles: Round of 16: L Waters (ACT) d C With- ers (Qld) 11-3 11-8; L Cuthbertson (Qld) d J Winch (England) 9-6 11-2; J Lindores (Clayton) d Z Ahmad (Malaysia) 9-3 9-8; K Saunders (Tas) d A Monkhouse (England) 10-1 9-7; D Lee (Tas) d D Clarke (Shepparton Park) 9-7 9-3; C Griffiths (Qld) d Z Spacil (Geelong West) 7-10 9-5 6-0; J Keegan (NSW) d A Merrien (Guernsey) 9-8 7-6; K Murphy (NSW) d R Quail (Tas) 8-3 10-1. Quarter finals: Cuthbertson d Waters 10-7 6-8 5-0; Lindores d Saunders 10-4 11-4; Lee d Griffiths 9-5 3-8 6-3; Keegan d Murphy 9-4 6-4. Semi finals: Keegan d Lee 13-1 9-3; Lin- dores d Cuthbertson 9-4 10-5. Final: Joyce Lindores (Clayton) d Julie Kee- gan (NSW) 10-6 11-2. Pairs: Quarter finals: J Bush, M Gibbs (NSW) d C Withers, C Baxter (Qld) 10-5 7-7; T Hastings (WA), S Renshaw (NSW) d C Crouche, L Mitchell (NSW) 14-1 14-2; R Quail (Tas), K Carriage (ACT) d S Martyn, C Bannister (NSW) 12-0 6-5; A Monkhouse, S Gordon (England) d D Amor, L Thompson (NSW) 4-9 7-5 3-1. Semi finals: Quail, Carriage d Gordon, Monkhouse 10-2 12-4; Hastings, Renshaw d Bush, King 7-8 14-3 2-1. Final: Therese Hastings (WA), Sharyn Renshaw (NSW) d Rebecca Quail (Tas), Kate Carriage (ACT) 6-5 7-5. Triples: Quarter finals: A Smith, D Salt, J Lane (Tas) d G Edwards (Keilor), J Blake (Buckley Park), B Edwards (Keilor) 7-13 10-4 6-3; J Keegan (NSW), B Quinlan (NSW), L Armitage (Qld) d G Clifton, J Rolph, J Croft (NSW) 9-7 9-2; V Smith, J Khan, C McCaul (NZ) d N van Eldik (NSW), K Wilson (NSW), C Odgers (Keilor) 14-1 11-3; K Carriage, C Rowe, M Wilkie (ACT) d A Monkhouse, E Falkner, N Melmore (England) 8-6 6-10 3-0. Semi finals: Keegan, Quinlan, Armitage d Smith, Salt, Lane 7-11 7-6 5-1; Smith, Khan, McCaul d Carriage, Rowe, Wilkie 12-4 11-7. Final: Val Smith, Jan Khan, Clare McCaul (NZ) d Julie Keegan (NSW), Beth Quinlan (NSW), Lynsey Armitage (Qld) 8-7 4-9 3-2. Over-60 Triples: Semi finals: B Cahill, B Thorn, S Raglus (Shepparton Park) d J Lindores (Clayton), G Baric (Mulgrave CC), L Burke (Clayton) 5-10 13-6 2-1; J Rolph, J Croft, M Patterson (NSW) d R Dunn, J Lindsay, P Currie (WA) 7-6 11-5. Final: Jan Rolph, Judy Croft, Marj Patterson (NSW) d Bev Cahill, Bev Thorn, Shirley Ra- glus (Shepparton Park) 10-4 4-9 6-0. Under-18 Singles: Semi finals: L Cruddas (Qld) d K Krstic (WA) 6-4 1-14 4-0; C Griffiths (Qld) d M Baker (Tas) 2-7 11-1 3-0. Final: Carly Griffiths (Qld) d Leelyn Cruddas (Qld) 5-6 13-1 5-1. Safuan Said, the world No.1, in round two of the men's singles. Pedersen, who wears a diamond ear stud that could choke a decent sized dog and a chunky gold watch, was totally unfazed about the calibre of his opponent when he drew and drove his way to an astounding win. However, one of Victoria's rising stars, Matt Wil- son from Bendigo, rocked the youngster's world in the next round when he outed him in straight sets. Another up-and comer, 17-year-old Gunnedah beanpole Sam Pryor, who made his way into the men's singles semi finals by eliminating some of the top fancies, also managed to incur the wrath of the tournament director and chief umpire for a series of 'language indiscretions' during an early round. But he is a terrific young guy who simply wears his heart on his sleeve and will be a better competitor for the experience. It was Pryor who ended the run by young Wilson in the round of 16. Other Victorians to exit the fray in this round were Barooga's Keith Lindsay and Lee Schraner from Brighton, which left us without a representative in the run home. In the women's singles Victoria had three players visible in the round of 16; Lindores, Geelong West's Zdena Spacil and popular local Donna Clarke, although only the eventual winner survived to fly the Victorian flag. In this round international stars Amy Monkhouse from England, Alison Merrien from Guernsey and Malaysian Zalina Ahmad were also eliminated. Three Victorian combinations made it through to the quarter finals of the men's pairs, with Wilks and Wood getting through, while a couple of teams of old stagers - Altona teammates Robbie Campbell and John Hurst, along with Neville Brown from Yarraville Footscray and Geoff Sutcliffe from Shep- parton Golf - bid the Open farewell after thrilling spectators with some vintage stuff. Campbell and Hurst collected the scalps of Steve Glasson and Blake Hopper from NSW; Clay- ton guns Todd Simmons and Dylan Fisher, then Aaron Tomkins and Darren Burgess from Bendigo East before losing to the eventual winners. Likewise, Brown and Sutcliffe ousted Queen- sland Open winners Brad Holland and Matt Rob- ertson, Australian players Anthony Kiepe and Mick Cronin, and then Yarra Glen's Danny Simmons and Dene Milner before Bester and Holt curtailed their progress. Sadly, no Victorians gained promotion past the round of 16 in the women's pairs competition which was well won by the experienced composite side of WA's Therese Hastings and Sharyn Renshaw from NSW, who defeated the exciting young combination of Rebecca Quail from Tasmania and ACT's Kate Carriage. Only three Victorian players managed to make it through to the men's triples quarter finals, being Mark Jacobsen from Moonee Ponds skipping inter- nationals Mark Casey and Mark Berghofer, while fellow Moonee Ponds members Barrie Lester and Ben Hubber teamed with Chris Green from Sydney for their shot at the title. However, none progressed to the semi finals. In a terrific final the young Queensland trio of Kurt Brown, Ben Twist and Paul Jopson, with a 7-0 tiebreak rush, outpointed Steve Harris, Mathew Phillips and Jamie Phillips from Guildford in Syd- ney's west. In the women's triples four home-grown ladies found their way into the last eight teams. The trio of Gayle Edwards from Keilor, Buckley Park's Jo Blake and Brooke Edwards from Keilor were there, as was Keilor starlet Carla Odgers in a composite rink with Natasha van Eldik and Kerrie Wilson from NSW. However, they all suffered the same fate as their male counterparts. The crack New Zealand side of internationals Val Smith, Jan Khan and Clare McCaul clinched the title in a tiebreaker over national squad members Julie Keegan, Beth Quinlan and Lynsey Armitage. It appears certain the Open Championships will return to Darebin next year after its memorable two-year stint in Victoria's heartland. - David Allen • Far Left: Queenslanders Paul Jopson, Kurt Brown and Ben Twist scooped the men's triples title. • Left: Brooke Edwards from Keilor sends one in the women's triples quarter finals. • Above: Kiwi internationals Jan Khan, Claire McCaul and Val Smith emerged with women's triples gold. • Right: Women's pairs gold medallists Therese Hastings and Sharyn Renshaw.
Bowls In Focus May 2010