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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
Bowls In Focus 11 Mark Casey. Down 2-13, then 5-19, Bates staged an heroic rearguard action that saw him sitting just a handful in arrears at 18-22 before the enigmatic Casey secured the three shots required to go out. And twenty-four hours later Fisher and Phillips were still well placed to make a run at this year’s finals despite a mixed bag of Victorian results on the second day. Phillips added South African national titleholder Esme Steyn to her list of scalps during the afternoon’s third round, and despite a loss to 1996 world singles winner Carmen Anderson in the morning, was one of four two-game winners in her section. Similarly, Fisher dropped his first game of the tournament in the morning to NZ’s Andrew Todd, the silver medalist at last year’s world champion of champions on Norfolk Island. But he hit back with a thrilling one-shot win over undefeated NSW international Ben Twist, the reigning world junior singles champion, in the afternoon. This was a magnificent exhibition as the two premier youngsters in world bowls went shot for shot before Fisher burst to a 24-17 lead after 28 ends. But Twist demonstrated the poise that saw him claim the world crown at Warilla earlier this year to draw level four ends later. Then on the final end, when Fisher held three counters, Twist played a fine shot to almost steal the rubber, but fell millimetres short and doffed his lid to the Melbourne-based debutante. Ironically, Fisher was also one of four two-game winners in his section. Unfortunately, Lindores, who played magnificently to defeat Julie Keegan on the previous day, had been rushed to hospital overnight suffering from a severe gastric disorder. But in typical fashion, the great warrior arrived at the green on the morning to take on another former Scottish representative Anne Johns. However, the effects of her illness kicked in when she led 7-2, and from that point she was no match for the fully fit Johns who raced to victory. Lindores was immediately taken back to the neighbouring Tweed Hospital where she was diagnosed as suffering food poisoning and remained there for the duration of the event. At the same time Bates faced 2000 world singles champion Jeremy Henry and held sway at 23-15, but the former Ireland representative gnawed away at his lead and eventually prevailed in a highly entertaining encounter. In his round three match Bates was defeated by Kerkow who was smarting from a loss to current world number one Leif Selby earlier in the morning. With great support from the vast Victorian contingent in the spectator stands young Phillips played her way into the final four on day three. Despite a round five loss to last season’s ‘Australian Bowler Of The Year’, Lynsey Armitage from Helensvale, Phillips held sufficient shots in aggregate to finish second in her section and gain a start in the following morning’s semi finals. Earlier in the day the little Tiger had thrashed Queensland’s Noelene Dutton by 18 shots to guarantee her place in the finals ahead of fast-finishing New Zealander Val Smith. Sadly young Dylan Fisher missed out in his first match of day three against reigning world champion of champions Aron Sherriff from NSW, but completed his debut Nugget with a fine victory over three-times champion Steve Glasson in the final round to finish third in his section. Ashley Bates also finished on a high note when he emerged from a titanic round five battle against defending Nugget champion Brett Wilkie, although in the morning’s fourth round he was on the receiving end of a champagne display from Selby who would complete his five qualifying rounds as the only undefeated player in the field. In the semi finals Selby held on against the fast finishing Twist, while Kerkow was untroubled in reaching his sixth Golden Nugget final when he outgunned Sean Baker. And after her emphatic semi final win over Phillips, big Jo Edwards faced the ever-improving Quail, who won her elimination clash against Armitage comfortably. Then came the grand finals where two of the game’s greatest ever players saved their best and paid homage to the 25th Nugget in the Tweed Heads club’s 90th year. What a week! - David Allen Golden Nugget Invitation Prestige Singles at Tweed Heads Bowls Club Men: Section A: Rd.1: K Kerkow (Qld) d J Henry (NSW) 25-19, M Casey (Qld) d A Bates (Wodonga Vic) 25-18, L Selby (NSW) d B Wilkie (Qld) 25-18. Rd.2: Casey d Wilkie 25-12, Henry d Bates 25-23, Selby d Kerkow 25 -19. Rd.3: Selby d Casey 25-17, Kerkow d Bates 25-12, Wilkie d Henry 25-19. Rd.4: Henry d Casey 25-22, Selby d Bates 25-22 , Kerkow d Wilkie 25-13. Rd.5 : Selby d Henry 25-24, Casey d Kerkow 25-17, Bates d Wilkie 25-23. Final standings: Selby 5 wins +36 shots, Kerkow 3 +17 (1.18), Casey 3 +17 (1.17), Henry 2 -8, Wilkie 1 -28, Bates 1 -34. Section B: Rd.1: A Sherriff (NSW) d A Todd (NZ) 25-22, D Fisher (Melbourne Vic) d S Baker (Qld) 25-19, B Twist (NSW) d S Glasson (NSW) 25-9. Rd.2: Todd d Fisher 25-23, Twist d Sherriff 25-12, Baker d Glasson 25 -12 . Rd.3: Sherriff d Glasson 25-19, Fisher d Twist 25-24, Baker d Todd 25-24. Rd.4: Sherriff d Fisher 25-17, Glasson d Todd 25-20, Baker d Twist 25-24 . Rd.5: Fisher d Glasson 25-18, Baker d Sherriff 25- 18, Twist d Todd 25-27. Final standings: Baker 4 wins +16 shots, Twist 3 +35, Fisher 3 +4, Sherriff 3 -3, Todd 1 -15, Glasson 1-37. Semi finals: Selby d Twist 25-24, Kerkow d Baker 25-17. Final: Kelvin Kerkow (South Tweed Qld) d Leif Selby (Warilla NSW) 25-17. Women: Section A: Rd.1: E Steyn (Sth Africa) d N Dutton (Qld) 25-6, L Phillips (Richmond Union Vic) d V Smith (NZ) 25-18, L Armitage (Qld) d C Anderson (NSW) 25-21. Rd.2: Anderson d Phillips 25-18, Armitage d Steyn 25-16, Smith d Dutton 25-16. Rd.3 : Phillips d Steyn 25-14, Smith d Anderson 25-22, Dutton d Armitage 25-24. Rd.4 : Anderson d Steyn 25-11, Armitage d Smith 25- 17, Phillips d Dutton 25-7. Rd.5: Smith d Steyn 25-12, Dutton d Anderson 25-19, Armitage d Phillips 25-19. Final standings: Armitage 4 wins +26 shots, Phillips 3 +23, Smith 3 +9, Anderson 2 +9, Dutton 2 -39,Steyn1 -28. Section B: Rd.1: R Quail (Tas) d J Edwards (NZ) 25-14, J Lindores (Clayton Vic) d J Keegan (NSW) 25-19, K Murphy (NSW) d A Johns (NSW) 25-14 . Rd.2: Murphy d Quail 25-10, Johns d Lindores 25-7, Edwards d Keegan 25-11. Rd.3: Edwards d Johns 25-6, Quail d Keegan 25-22, Murphy d Lindores (walkover). Rd.4 : Quail d Johns 25-10, Keegan d Murphy 25-20, Edwards d Lindores (walkover). Rd.5 : Keegan d Johns 25-12, Edwards d Murphy 25-23, Quail d Lindores (walkover). Final standings: Edwards 4 wins +36 shots, Quail 4 +28, Murphy 3 +31, Keegan 2 -7, Lindores 1 -12, Johns 1 -40. Semi finals: Quail d Armitage 25-16, Edwards d Phillips 25-8 . Final: Jo Edwards (Burnside NZ) d Rebecca Quail (Invermay Tas) 25-18. • This year’s stellar field: (back row) Steve Glasson, Brett Wilkie, Sean Baker, Jeremy Henry, Leif Selby, Mark Casey, Andrew Todd, Aron Sherriff. (middle row) Kelvin Kerkow, Ashley Bates, Ben Twist, Dylan Fisher, Esme Steyn, Val Smith, Jo Edwards, Karen Murphy. (front row) Carmen Anderson, Julie Keegan, Anne Johns, Lynsey Armitage, Lisa Phillips, Rebecca Quail, Joyce Lindores, Noelene Dutton.
June July 2011