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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
14 Bowls In Focus all the possibilities covered before Sherriff lined up for his final delivery. When the recently crowned world champion’s last despairing effort sailed through the head, Schraner and Rodda launched into a victory jig that will long be remembered. After being down and out they had managed to score 14 shots to one over the last nine ends to record a remarkable victory and snatch the $8000 winner’s purse. Someone commented that the Round of 16 in the men’s triples competition was equal or superior to any world title or Commonwealth Games field. It would be hard for anybody to dispute that claim considering all of the teams involved featured stars that are household names both here and abroad. And it was in this round that the composite rink of popular New Zealander Ali Forsyth and his Victo- rian teammates Matty Flapper from Essendon and Bundoora RSL’s Nick McIntyre rose to prominence by defeating a triple that would strike fear in the hearts of any opposition, anywhere in the world. In a stunning performance Forsyth, Flapper and McIntyre eliminated the ‘dream team’ of Queen- sland superstar Mark Casey and the visiting Scots Alex Marshall and Paul Foster, who were framed as the hottest Open favourites ever. Buoyed by this success the trio ousted inter- nationals Ryan Bester from Canada and New Zealanders Lawson and McIlroy in straight sets in the quarter finals; then repeated the dose against last year’s Queensland Open triples finalists Mark Jacobsen and Barrie Lester from Moonee Ponds and Sydney’s Chris Green in a semi final. This set up a televised confrontation with an- other super combination, Australian representatives Aron Sherriff, Wayne Turley and Brett Wilkie, with the gold medal and $9000 champion’s cheque up for grabs. Make sure you set the VCR when this final comes your way; it was one of the most skilful and exciting matches you could ever see. Some of the shot play is beyond belief. With the match tied at one set apiece, Forsyth, Flapper and McIntyre combined brilliantly to win the tiebreaker 7-0 and claim the national triples crown and its associated goodies in the process. Victorians finished 1-2 in the popular Over- 60 men’s triples competition as well, when the Mitcham trio of Phil Haynes, Gil Frederic and Peter Selby claimed a straight sets win over the com- posite side of Alber t Gibbs from Toowoomba Qld, Donvale’s Barry Ferguson and Max Staggard from Geelong RSL in the gold medal match. In the semi finals Gibbs, Ferguson and Stag- gard got over the line in a tight encounter against Victorians Dene Milner from Yarra Glen, Burwood’s Rowan Sharp and Lachlan Tighe from Richmond Union; while the Mitcham men whitewashed former world fours champion Neil Burkett from South Africa and his NSW par tners Rod Clifton and Gianni Dipizio in a tiebreaker to gain entry into the main event. Werribee RSL 16-year-old Dane McKinnon, the reigning state junior singles champion, added another gold medal to his bulging trophy collection at Darebin when he eclipsed Jamie Eichorn from Yamba NSW in the Open’s Under-18 singles final. Earlier Eichorn, who won the Junior Golden Nugget at Tweed Heads last August, defeated Clayton’s Dylan Fisher, the Bowls Australia ‘Under- 18 Bowler of the Year’, in a stirring semi final clash, while McKinnon had all the trumps against South Australian youngster Nathan Pedersen in the cor-