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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
Bowls In Focus 17 ... the street parade, where the island’s population turned out to welcome the competing players, who were escorted by school children in ‘Bounty mutineer’ outfits; to the opening ceremony, which featured a troupe of descendants performing traditional island dances; and eventually the classic closing ceremony, where the brightly bunted and flag garlanded show green celebrated the medal winners and competing nations, it was perfect. In between, participants were showered with respect and affection during various social functions at the club, and receptions hosted at Governor’s Lodge and the island’s magnificent Government House, where the Honourable Owen Walsh wined and dined players and officials personally. National champions from twenty-four countries traveled to Norfolk Island to stake their claim for these world championship titles, and after nine days of sectional competition Sherriff topped his section by winning eight of his ten rounds. Likewise, Lindores only dropped two rounds to be equal top of her section, but finished one set in arrears of Norfolk Island’s former world champion Carmen Anderson, and was forced to come through the ‘semi final play-offs’. The tartan was certainly flying when Lindores faced former Scottish international teammate Lorraine Malloy to decide who should progress to the final four, and after a masterly display the adopted Australian joined Sherriff – who was guaranteed a berth by heading his section - in the semi finals. In the following morning men’s semis Sherriff de- feated South Africa’s Delhi gold medalist Wayne Perry in a nail-biting encounter. After winning the first set comfortably, the Halekulani whiz dropped the second and was forced into a tiebreaker. Then, with the sudden death three-ender sitting at one shot each, Perry held a match lie after Sherriff had sprayed his three previous bowls. But in a last-ditch effort a sizzling drive from the Australian ripped Perry’s closest bowl out of the head and the richly skilled 24-year-old was able to book his gold medal tilt against New Zealander Andrew Todd. In the corresponding semi final the Kiwi defeated Welsh champion Tom Han- cock comfortably and was considered a hot chance against the young Aussie. In the women’s semi final Lindores was at her vintage best, after trailing 2-4 with four ends played, against Philippines legend Rosita Bradborn. But from that point onwards the Clayton star kicked into gear and only allowed Bradborn one more scoring end, a single when she lead 9-0 after six ends of the second set. However, in the world final Lindores was defeated by New Zealand international Jan Khan after a thrilling clash in front of a capacity crowd at the picturesque Pacific island venue. Lindores claimed the first set 7-4 and lead the second 5-4 after five ends before Khan, who defeated favourite Carmen Anderson in the previous day’s semi final, took charge. The Kiwi reeled off four winning ends in succession to force the match into a tiebreaker. And it was the second end of the three-end sudden- death decider that would be the swansong for Lin- dores, after a weighted shot went wrong and allowed Khan to collect three shots. Needing a maximum count of four to stay alive, Lindores actually held three and a measure for four, before Khan drew fourth shot to claim the world crown. “Naturally I’m a little disappointed not to have got over the line,” an upbeat Lindores said after the final, “but I’m proud to have won a silver medal for my club, my state and my adopted country. “When the strong winds blew in Jan adapted better and played a brilliant second half. She’s been a top class player for many years. I sincerely congratulate her on her win. “I’ve had a lot of support here - there were Aussies everywhere and the atmosphere was fantastic. This championship has been a wonderful experience. “If someone had offered me a silver medal two weeks ago, when I first became aware of the calibre of competitors in the field I would have gladly accepted it.” In the afternoon men’s final Sherriff erased the memories of his recent past, having fallen perilously short in the final of the 2008 World Championships in Christchurch, the 25-year-old looked down and out midway through the clash with Todd, but dug deep to force a tie-breaker before clinching the encounter with a courageous drive. Speaking in the moments following his nerve- wracking win, Sherriff said it was still hard to believe he was now a world champion. “It’s all a little surreal at the moment,” he added, “Unbelievable. To have come so close in 2008 and to have actually won it this time is pretty incredible. “There was a bit of pressure coming across, but to be fair the best player today probably won silver, and it was the same in the women’s as well.” In its wisdom Bowls Australia revived the national champion of champions event last year, which re- opened the pathway for a club champion to take on the world’s best, as recent winners Riina Bradbrook from Adelaide and our own Grant Seeary from Chalambar will do in Hong Kong this coming November. If the Norfolk Island adventure is any indication, it will be the bowls experience of their lives. So here’s a tip, if you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a world champion, the first thing you need to do is to enter your club singles. The rest is up to you. - David Allen World Singles Champion of Champions at Norfolk Island Bowls Club Men: Section 1: Aron Sherriff (Halekulani, NSW) Rd.1: d M MacCallum (Swaziland) 16-4 21 -0; Rd.2: d T Bellaart (Netherlands) 12-6 11-7; Rd.3: lost to A Reid (Scotland) 7-9 6 -7; Rd.4: lost to W Perry (Sth Africa) 8-8 6-7; Rd.5: d G McGleave (Ire) 11-8 11-3; Rd.6: d R Sher (Israel) 6-10 13-5 2 -1; Rd.7: d S Naiseruvati (Fiji) 14-4 12 -6; Rd.8: d T Ford (Cyprus) 16-2 10-3; Rd.9: d B Foo (Singapore) 7-7 15-6; Rd.10: d V Greenhill (Canada) 15-4 11 -3. Final standings: Aust 16 points (+10 sets), Sco 16 (+9), SAF 14 (+10), Fij 14 (Sq), Ire 12 (+4), Sin 10 (-1), Isr 8 (+3), Ned 8 (-8), Swz 6 (-7), Cyp 4 (-6), Can 2 (-14). Section 2: Final standings: NZ 16 points (+6 sets), Wal 12 (+7), USA 12 (+2), Eng 10 (+5), Mal 10 (+1), Spa 6 (Sq), Phi 6 (-3), Bot 6 (-4), NFI 6 (-5), HK 6 (-9). Semi final play-offs: W Perry (Sth Africa) d S Nelson (USA) 7-5 10-4, T Hancock (Wales) d A Reid (Scotland) 9-8 6 -6 . Semi finals: A Sherriff (Aust) d W Perry (Sth Africa) 8-4 9-12 2 -1, A Todd (NZ) d T Hancock (Wales) 11-6 11-4. Final: A Sherriff (Aust) d A Todd (NZ) 2-11 8-7 3-2 . Women: Section 1: Joyce Lindores (Clayton, Vic) Rd.1: d E Steyn (Sth Africa) 9-3 7-5; Rd.2: lost to Z Kahlid (Malaysia) 9-8 6-7 1-2; Rd.3: d S Schaft (Netherlands) 11-3 11-6; Rd.4: d C Anderson (Norfolk Island) 4-9 9 -7 4-1; Rd.5: d D O’Connor (Fiji) 13-5 7-5; Rd.6: lost to P Ma (Hong Kong) 5-7 5-9; Rd.7: d J Croxall (England) 8-7 9-7; Rd.8: d M Vaile (Cook Islands) 8-6 9 -4; Rd.9: d L Mascarenhas (Botswana) 9-5 4 -10 4-1 . Final standings: NFI 14 points (+9 sets), Aust 14 (+8), Mal 12 (+7), SAF 10 (-1), Ned 10 (-4), Bot 8 (Sq), CKI 8 (-3), HK 8 (-3), Fij 6 (-7), Eng 0 (-6). Section 2: Final standings: Philippines 16 points (+3 sets), NZ 12 (+7), Sco 10 (+5), Wal 10 (+2), Isr 10 (Sq), Jer 8 (+6), Nam 8 (-2), Cyp 8 (-4), Can 6 (-3), Spa 2 (-14). Semi final play-offs: J Lindores (Aust) d L Malloy (Scotland) 5-6 11-4 4-1, J Khan (New Zealand) d Z Kahlid (Malaysia) 12-8 13-2. Semi finals: J Lindores (Aust) d R Bradborn (Philippines) 11-4 9-1, J Khan (NZ) d C Anderson (Norfolk Island) 12-4 5-10 3-0. Final: J Khan (NZ) d J Lindores (Aust) 4-7 12-5 4 -3 . • Left: Australian world championship medalists Aron Sherriff and Joyce Lindores. • Above: National champions from twenty-four countries came to Norfolk Island. • Right: A troupe of ‘Bounty’ descendants per- formed at the opening ceremony. • Below Right: Aussies Lindores and Sherriff lead the street march through Burnt Pine.