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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
16 Bowls In Focus Australia’s ‘Queen of the Green’ Karen Murphy collected her fourth title in five years and big Irishman Jeremy Henry notched his first, using the widest turning set of woods ever seen on the Tweed Heads indoor stadium carpet. That’s the wash-up from last month’s Australian Indoor Singles Championships at the Mecca of bowls, but it was the performance of two Victorian teenagers that created most headlines over the four days of competition. Youngsters Chloe Stewart from Kyneton and Yallourn’s Lisa Phillips had the telegraphs clicking as they moved through the 32-player women’s field to find themselves playing in the televised semi finals, although, alas, neither was able to progress to the main event where gold, glory and international representation are the ultimate reward. Stewart, who played metropolitan premier division pennant for the Sunbury club last season, defeated NSW’s Gayle Gannon in straight sets to open her account, then recovered from a first set loss to beat Bev Baker from WA in a second round tiebreaker. This earned her a start in an all-Victorian quarter final where she faced Clayton’s Joyce Lindores, who had beaten former Scottish teammate and recent Queensland Open winner Kay Moran in the second round, having disposed of Sunshine State singles champion Gayle Waitai in the first. With a couple of fine conversion shots Stewart banked the first set but was no match for the former international great in the second. However, Stewart recovered and was all over Lindores in the first two ends of the tiebreaker to lead 4-0 . But the veteran Scot showed her class on the last end to hold three close counters, before her attempt to add a fourth for an extra end slid out of the count. It was a memorable win for the 15-year-old who would have gained much valuable match savvy from the experience. Her opponent in the semi final was the unheralded Vicky Turner from Warilla, who stunned the experts on day one when she eliminated defending champion Katrina Wright. In a closely fought two-setter young Chloe just fell short by a single shot in both to exit the championship 5-6 5-6, but won many admirers from her efforts. Playing out of the Richmond Union club, Phillips, who earned a semi final start in the prestigious Golden Nugget Invitation Singles on the Tweed Heads turf a fortnight earlier, started her indoor campaign with a hard-fought win over Moama’s Sandra Connolly in an opening round tiebreaker. But in her next two starts she ran roughshod over NSW qualifiers Anna Davidson and Helen Weissner to book a TV semi final match against Karen Murphy. It was the classical Teenagers In On Carpet Indoor Nationals Spotlight
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