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Bowls In Focus : August September 2010
Bowls In Focus 27 after the terrific opening ceremony: “I was standing out there with twenty-three TV stars. I’ve seen every one of these champions in action on television at some stage - i t was amazing to be amongst them.” A renowned student of the game Joan continued: “When you realise that the players in this field have won 18 world titles and six Commonwealth Games gold medals between them it’s quite overpowering, but I’m loving every minute of it.” The current Victorian women’s pairs champion, who will have gained valuable experience from her first tilt at the big time, didn’t manage to win a match, but she certainly didn’t disgrace herself either, and when last seen was sharing a moment with current world cham- pions Jo Edwards and Kelsey Cottrell after the final. A return to fine weather saw finals day back on the grass and a monstrous crowd packed into the famed bullring from the early hours of the morning. And they wouldn’t be disappointed. The men’s semi-finals saw Queenslanders Sean Baker and Mark Casey along with Helensvale’s Brett Wilkie and Leif Selby from St Johns Park toughing it out for the two finals berths, while Karen Murphy from NSW and Lyn Cuthbertson from Tweed Heads faced off in one women’s eliminator as did Tasmanian Rebecca Quail and Carmen Anderson, who also plays at Tweed Heads, in the other. Baker was in dynamic form and breezed his way to a comfortable win over the previously undefeated Casey, while Wilkie continued his unbeaten run against Selby in a tense confrontation. In the women’s race for the two main event spots young Quail fought gamely against the vastly expe- rienced Anderson and lost out narrowly to the home club hero. The correspond- ing semi-final saw Murphy in top form as she raced to a 21-6 lead over Cuthb- ertson, the reigning Queen- sland state titleholder. However, just as many in the crowd were con- templating their lunch orders Cuthbertson embarked on a brave fightback, which saw her collect 15 unanswered shots over the ensuing 10 ends. But Murphy, who is clearly crestfallen from her shock omission from the national team for Delhi, managed to regroup and collect the shots required for victory. The two finals, played concurrently on the jam- packed show green, were show-stopping affairs. After a hundred minutes of play Wilkie lead Baker 19-9 while Murphy was in full flight at 13-5 ahead of Anderson in a replay of 2008’s final which Anderson won 25-6. Now, we’re not suggesting any gamesmanship here, but Carmen left the green for a toilet break, returned 10 minutes later, changed her hand to the wide side, and proceeded to win the next seven ends in succession. Further across the green Baker had also reduced most of the deficit as he fought back to be one shot in arrears at 20-21, while at the same point in time Murphy and Anderson were locked at 19-apiece. It was ‘game on’ as the four protagonists struggled to gain the vital finishing shots with Anderson clawing her way to a 25-20 win while Wilkie played two out- standing conversions during the closing stages to claim four and run out a worthy 25-21 winner. Despite the fact that none of their charges were visible on final day, the huge Victorian contingent in the crowd went away happy and vowing to savour a southern state victory next year. - David Allen • Dream field: (Back row) Julie Keegan, Karen Murphy, Therese Hastings, Jo Edwards, Steve Glasson, Lee Schraner, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey. (Middle row) Safuan Said, Kelvin Kerkow, Leif Selby, Ben Twist, Sean Baker, Aron Sherriff, Shane Garvey, Gary Lawson. (Front row) Kelsey Cottrell, Beth Quinlan, Carmen Ander- son, Sharyn Renshaw, Joyce Lindores, Lyn Cuthbertson, Joan Tennent, Rebecca Quail. Golden Nugget Invitational Prestige Singles at Tweed Heads Bowls Club, NSW Men’s Section A Rd.1: B Wilkie (Qld) d S Garvey (NSW) 25-11, G Lawson (NZ) d S Said (Malaysia) 25-19, S Baker (Qld) d S Glasson (NSW) 25-14 . Rd.2: Wilkie d Lawson 25-17, Glasson d Garvey 25-23, Baker d Said 25-16. Rd.3: Wilkie d Said 25-19, Lawson d Glasson 25-12, Baker d Garvey 25-4 . Rd.4: Wilkie d Glasson 25-14, Said d Garvey 25-24, Baker d Lawson 25-12 . Rd.5: Wilkie d Baker 25-14, Lawson d Garvey 25-12, Glasson d Said 25-14 . Final standings: Wilkie 5 wins +50 shots, Baker 4 +43, Lawson 3 +11, Glasson 2 -22, Said 1 -31, Garvey 0 -51. Men’s Section B Rd.1: A Sherriff (NSW) d L Schraner (Brighton, Vic) 25-5, L Selby (NSW) d K Kerkow (Qld) 25- 11, M Casey (Qld) d B Twist (Qld) 25-24 . Rd.2: Kerkow d Sherriff 25-15, Twist d Schraner 25-19, Casey d Selby 25-16. Rd.3: Kerkow d Twist 25- 22, Selby d Sherriff 25-19, Casey d Schraner 25- 22. Rd.4: Sherriff d Twist 25-21, Selby d Schraner 25-17, Casey d Kerkow 25-22 . Rd.5: Schraner d Kerkow 25-11, Twist d Selby 25-20, Casey d Sherriff 25-19. Final standings: Casey 5 wins +22 shots, Selby 3 +14, Twist 2 +3, Sherriff 2 +2, Kerkow 2 -18, Schraner 1 -23. Semi finals: Baker d Casey 25-14, Wilkie d Selby 25-22 Final: Brett Wilkie (Helensvale, Qld) d Sean Baker (Broadbeach, Qld) 25-21. Women’s Section A Rd.1: B Quinlan (NSW) d J Tennent (Lara, Vic) 25-22, R Quail (Tas) d J Keegan (Qld) 25-20, K Murphy (NSW) d T Hastings (WA) 25-17. Rd.2: Keegan d Hastings 25-24, Quail d Tennent 25-11, Murphy d Quinlan 25-19. Rd.3: Quail d Quinlan 25-21, Hastings d Tennent 25-11, Murphy d Keegan 25-21. Rd.4: Keegan d Tennent 25-19, Hastings d Quinlan 25-18, Murphy d Quail 25-16. Rd.5: Keegan d Quinlan 25-13, Quail d Hastings 25-10, Murphy d Tennent 25-11 . Final standings: Murphy 5 wins +42 shots, Quail 4 +29, Keegan 3 +9, Hastings 2 -3, Quinlan 1 - 26, Tennent 0 -51 . Women’s Section B Rd.1: J Lindores (Clayton, Vic) d S Renshaw (NSW) 25-22, C Anderson (Qld) d J Edwards (NZ) 25-18, L Cuthber tson (Qld) d K Cottrell (Qld) 25-8. Rd.2: Anderson d Cottrell 25-20, Edwards d Lindores 25-17, Renshaw d Cuthbertson 25-23. Rd.3: Anderson d Cuthbertson 25-20, Edwards d Renshaw 25-20, Cottrell d Lindores 25-17. Rd.4: Lindores d Anderson 25-24, Cottrell d Renshaw 25-10, Cuthber tson d Edwards 25-24 . Rd.5: Anderson d Renshaw 25-11, Edwards d Cottrell 25-18, Cuthber tson d Lindores 25-16. Final standings: Anderson 4 wins +30 shots, Cuthbertson 3 +20, Edwards 3 +12, Cottrell 2 -6, Lindores 2 -21, Renshaw 1 -24 . Semi finals: Murphy d Cuthbertson 25-21, Anderson d Quail 25-21 . Final: Carmen Anderson (Tweed Heads, Qld) d Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW) 25-20.
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