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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 21 won ten of her eleven group matches, but the reigning national indoor champion failed to make the knockout phase after slipping up against her namesake Mary Wright, from Canada, and, of all people, Yoko Goda, from Japan. Shannahan, the proud holder of the junior women’s title, completed a dire spell in a hitherto dazzling career, winning only two of her first six matches, and finishing way down the table in sixth place with five wins out of ten. In a horror two-week stretch, Shannahan had fin- ished seventh out of eight in the Bowls Australia Super 6 event, while in the junior Trans-Tasman at Lockleys, she won only one rubber from six starts. What’s more, soon after the World Cup got under- way, she received the heart-breaking news that she had been omitted from the national squad. Cheer up, Sam - things can only get better! With only eleven entries, the women’s Junior World Cup was a simple round robin, which was won by Kiwi Clare McCaul, ahead of Malaysia’s Nur Fidrah Noh, while Ainie Knight from the Philippines finished in third place. So - it was left to young Mr. Twist to give Australian spectators something to cheer about, and the 20-year- old St Johns Park star obliged, careering to a famous victory in the men’s Junior World Cup. The complete master at Warilla, he lost only two sets in nine matches on his way to the title, and was beaten only once - on a tiebreak - by Ireland’s Com- monwealth Games bronze medallist Gary Kelly. After accounting for South Africa’s Pierre Breitenbach, 9-6 10-9 in the semi finals, the young Queensland native stamped his authority in the final, defeating the previously unbeaten Scot, Craig Watson, 11-6 10-5. It has always been surprising that Japan has been unable to produce a competitor who could mount a serious challenge on the world stage - but perhaps Kenta Hasebe may be set to change all that. The lanky Hasebe, a more-than-useful player, won five of seven matches in his section, made further progress to the semi finals, and looked on course for a place in the finals before Watson beat him, 1-11 10-3 3-1 . Great news for bowlers and keen spectators alike came at the conclusion of this most recent World Cup when it was announced that the event is to stay at Warilla for the next five years. So, if you want to see the sport’s best internationals strut their stuff in the only world championship regularly conducted in the southern hemisphere, contact the club regarding dates and accommodation offers for next year’s event. For Victorian players the opportunity exists for any aspirant to win this world title – all you have to do is clinch a berth through the state qualifying event - then win the Australian indoor championship at Tweed Heads. Back in 2007 our own Judy Nardella beat the great Karen Murphy in the national final at Tweed Heads, then rocked the establishment when she defeated South African superstar Lorna Trigwell in the cup final at Warilla to become Victoria’s first world indoor champion. - David Allen Men: Section 1: Australia (L Selby, NSW): Rd.1: won v Thailand 20-1 10-13 2-1; Rd.2: lost v Scotland 2-12 7-11; Rd.3: won v Hong Kong China 15-5 15-1; Rd.4: won v Sth Africa 3-8 13-7 4-1; Rd.5: won v Spain 14-2 12 -5; Rd.6: won v Singapore 11-4 19-2; Rd.7: won v Namibia 10-5 16-2, Rd.8: won v Malaysia 8-7 13-5; Rd.9: won v Japan 15-3 23-0; Rd.10: lost v Guernsey 4-11 8-9; Rd.11: lost v Canada 6-8 4-9 . Final standings: Scotland 20 points, Canada 18, Guernsey 16 (+9 sets), Australia 16 (+6 sets), Malay- sia 14, Namibia 14, Sth Africa 12, Spain 8, Singapore 4, Hong Kong China 4, Japan 4 Thailand 4. Section 2: Australia (B Wilkie, Qld): Rd.1: won v USA 12-3 15-3; Rd.2: won v Malta 11-3 6 -6; Rd.3: won v Cyprus 16-2 11-9; Rd.4: won v Norfolk Island 9-5 16-1; Rd.5: won v United Arab Emirates 14-4 19-2; Rd.6: lost v NZ 5-8 8-5 2 -4; Rd.7: won v Jersey 10-5 10-6; Rd.8: lost v Ireland 6-9 6 -10; Rd.9: won v Fiji 16-2 9-2; Rd.10: won v China 15-3 15-3; Rd.11: bye. Final standings: Ireland 18 points, Australia 16 (+13 sets), NZ 16 (+8), Norfolk Is 10, Fiji 10, Jersey 8, USA 8, Malta 8, China 6, Cyprus 6, UAE 4. Elimination finals: I Merrien (Guernsey) d S McIlroy (NZ) 9-3 5-4, B Wilkie (Australia) d G Pershick (Canada) 7-2 11 -1 . Semi finals: G Archer (Scotland) d I Merrien (Guern- sey) 9-8 7-3, J Talbot (Ireland) d B Wilkie (Australia) 7-6 7-7 . Final: James Talbot (Ireland) d Graeme Archer (Scot- land) 6-7 9-7 3-1. Women: Section 1: Australia (K Wright, NSW): Rd.1: won v Spain 18-2 12-3; Rd.2: won v Namibia 7-7 10-5; Rd.3: lost to Hong Kong China 4-11 7-6 1-3; Rd.4: won v Norfolk Island 12-9 9 -6; Rd.5: won v Philippines 9-5 11 -6; Rd.6: lost v NZ (V Smith) 7-5 3-12 1 -3; Rd.7: won v Malaysia 10-5 8-7; Rd.8: lost v Japan 5-7 9-4 3-4; Rd.9: won v Ireland 14-3 13-4; Rd.10: won v Cyprus 6-4 2 -13 6-0; Rd.11: lost v Canada 7-8 14-2 1 -6. Final standings: Malaysia 20 points, NZ (J Edwards) 18 (+9 sets), Hong Kong China 18 (+7), Norfolk Is 16, Australia 14, Philippines 12, Ireland 8, Canada 8, Spain 8, Namibia 4, Japan 4, Cyprus 2. Section 2: Final standings: Scotland 20 points, NZ (V Smith) 18, Guernsey 16, Jersey 14, Israel 14, Fiji 12, Sin- gapore 12, Malta 8, Sth Africa 8, USA 6, Thailand 4, China 0. Elimination finals: J Edwards (NZ) d V Smith (NZ) 10-1 7-5, A Merrien (Guernsey) d T Tham (Hong Kong China) 10-3 15-2 . Semi finals: A Merrien (Guernsey) d C Johnston (Scotland) 8-5 10-4, J Edwards (NZ) d E Saroji (Malaysia) 9-4 9-4 . Final: Jo Edwards (NZ) d Alison Merrien (Guernsey) 9-4 7-7 . World Junior Cup Men: Section 1: Australia (B Twist, NSW): Rd.1: won v United Arab Emirates 25-1 22 -1; Rd.2: won v Malta 13-3 11-4; Rd.3: won v Singapore 14-6 11-5; Rd.4: won v Sth Africa 10-3 11-3; Rd.5: bye; Rd.6: won v Jersey 3-8 12-2 3-2; Rd.7: lost v Ireland 9-6 6 -9 2-3; Rd.8: won v Cook Islands 10-2 9-3; Rd.9: bye. Final Standings: Australia 12 points (+10 sets), Ireland 12 (+5), Sth Africa 10, Malta 8, Jersey 6, Singapore 6, Cook Is 2, UAE 0. Section 2: Final standings: Scotland 14 points, Japan 10 (+1 set +12 shots), Guernsey 10 (+1 Sq), NZ 6 (+3), Malaysia 6 (+2), USA 6 (-3), Hong Kong China 4, Canada 0. Elimination finals: Sth Africa (P Breitenback) d Ireland (G Kelly) 11-4 2 -9 4-0, Japan (K Hasebe) d Guernsey (T Priaulx) 8-7 6-8 4-2 . Semi finals: C Watson (Scotland) d K Hasebe (Ja- pan) 1-11 10-3 3 -1, B Twist (Australia) d P Breitenback (Sth Africa) 9-6 10-9 . Final: Ben Twist (Australia) d Craig Watson (Scotland) 11-6 10-5 . Women: Australia (S Shannahan, Lara, Vic): Rd.1: lost v Sth Africa 6-6 9-10; Rd.2: lost v NZ 2-13 5-12; Rd.3: won v Cook Islands 16-2 8-5; Rd.4: lost v Scotland 10-2 6-8 2-3; Rd.5: won v Singapore: 11-6 6 -9 4-3; Rd.6: lost v Philippines 5-6 9 -9; Rd.7: won v Malaysia 7-7 6-6; Rd.8: won v Ireland 16-6 16-3; Rd.9: won v Hong Kong China 11-5 12 -4; Rd.10: lost v Canada 4-11 9-6 2-4; Rd.11: bye. Final placings: Clare McCaul (NZ) 16 points (+12 sets), Nur Fidrah Noh (Malaysia) 16 (+10), Ainie Knight (Philippines) 14, Sth Africa 12 (+4), Canada 12 (-2), Australia 10, Scotland 10, Ireland 6, Singapore 6, Hong Kong China 6, Cook Islands 2. World Cup Indoor Singles at Warilla Bowling Club, NSW Above from top: • World Cup men’s medalists: Graeme Archer from Scotland (silver), Ireland’s James Talbot gold, Ian Mer- rien from Guernsey (bronze) and Australian Brett Wilkie (bronze). • Women’s World Cup medalists: Alison Merrien from Guernsey (silver), New Zealand’s Jo Edwards (gold), Emma Saroji from Malaysia (bronze) and Scotland’s Claire Johnston (bronze). • Junior World Cup men’s medalists: Craig Watson from Scotland (silver), Australia’s Ben Twist (gold), Pierre Breitenback from South Africa (bronze) and Japan’s Kenta Hasebe (bronze). • Junior World Cup women’s medalists: Nur Fidrah Noh from Malaysia (silver), New Zealand’s Clare McCaul (gold) and Ainie Knight from the Philippines (bronze). Thriller At Warilla
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