Jackaroos claim test silverware against England

Jackaroos claim test silverware against England

The Australian Jackaroos have earned a comprehensive pass-mark in their first major litmus test in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a stunning result against England in their three-day test event at Broadbeach.

The Jackaroos and English Lions are two of the perennial powerhouses and fiercest combatants on the green, but the Australia v England Test was a decidedly one-sided affair over the past three days, with the host-nation claiming the honours by 50 points, 83-33, after prevailing in 41.5 of the 58 matches contested.

Australia’s national selection panel, headed by National Coach Steve Glasson and High-Performance Coordinator Peter Brown, now face the difficult, but ultimately auspicious, task of naming the five men and five women for the open disciplines of next month’s Trans Tasman.

Some of those that caught selectors’ eyes with impressive performances may also fill the second-tier development teams, which already boast four under-age confirmed players, with the announcement of both open and development teams to occur next week.

The Jackaroos won’t be short of international game-time in the lead up to the pinnacle multi-sport event next April.

The Trans Tasman test series will be staged on the same greens from May 31 to June 2, and will be followed by the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event, which will feature seven prospective nations in the able-bodied competition, plus an additional three-day para-sport component.

While the Australia v England Test has been run and won, some of the highlights from the event will feature in the second series of The Bowls Show on SBS, with four Bowls Premier League format matches to be shown during episodes 4-7 from June 4-25.

Bowls Australia congratulates the Australian Jackaroos and English contingents on their spirited pre-Commonwealth Games hit-out.

Overall

Pos

Team

 

P

F

A

SD

S%

Pts

1

Australia

22

1064

839

225

126.82%

83

2

England

22

839

1064

-225

78.85%

33

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April 28, 2017 / by / in
Jackaroos continue to flex on the world stage

With the series already in safe keeping, the Australian Jackaroos have hammered another nail into England’s proverbial coffin, with a near faultless performance in worsening Gold Coast conditions.

Scott Thulborn ultimately proved too classy for Sam Tolchard in the men’s singles.

Despite a small scare after 14 ends when Tolchard drew within 1 shot, Thulborn had the scoreboard ascendency throughout the match, prevailing 21-16.

Aron Sherriff was skipping newly minted centurion member Barrie Lester, in his 100th international capped match, with the pair celebrating in style with a 16-9 victory.

Aaron Wilson continued his scintillating form skipping the men’s fours team, triumphing 20-8.

Natasha Scott seemed to be in a spot of bother with the score stretching to a double-digit lead to England’s Kathryn Rednall, before Scott imposed herself on the contest to claim a come-from-behind victory by a slender shot, 21-20.

Ellen Ryan and Carla Krizanic produced the goods against the Sam Tolchard and Sian Honnor combination, with a clinical 24-8 win.

Bec Van Asch had the honour of skipping the women’s fours’ quality grouping of Kelsey Cottrell, Lynsey Clarke and Kristina Krstic, who continued in the winner’s circle with a 16-7 victory.

The final session of the Australia v England Test is currently underway at Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast, with Australia destined to claim the silverware.

Overall
PosTeamH2HPFASDS%Pts
1Australia20964742222129.92%77
2England20742964-22276.97%27
April 28, 2017 / by / in
Jackaroos reach unassailable lead against England

The Australian Jackaroos have all but secured the honours in their pre-Commonwealth Games test against England, having reached an unassailable lead with two sessions remaining.

Australia is in the box seat leading into the penultimate round of the Australia v England Test at Broadbeach, following another clinical performance this morning.

The Jackaroos broke away to a 38-point lead over the English Lions, 65-27, after securing another five victories from six starts, with just two sessions remaining in the three-day event.
 

The men’s triples teaming of Brett Wilkie, Scott Thulborn and Aron Sherriff stormed out of the blocks with a 6 on the first end, and from that point on controlled the tempo of the match to claim a 20-13 win.

The pairing of Barrie Lester and newcomer Corey Wedlock took a while to catch up to the classiness of Englishmen Loius Ridout and Sam Tolchard, trailing 9-2 early in the contest.

A run of six successive end wins saw the Aussies take the lead, until a 5 to Tolchard saw the English gain the ascendancy and run out narrow victors, 17-16.
 
Ray Pearse and Aaron Wilson teamed up to take on David Bolt and Jamie Chestney, with the Jackaroos prevailing 24-9.
 
In the women’s rubbers, a classic singles match unfolded between Kristina Krstic and Natalie Chestney.

Krstic started the match like a whirlwind with the first 12 shots of the contest, but by end 15, Chestney had levelled the score back to 13-13.

From there the margin was never more than a shot either way, with Krstic triumphing 21-20.
 
In contrast, the Australian pair of Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy had a little bit more breathing room in their contest.

They held a comfortable 16-5 margin at the half-way point, and despite a spirited fightback from Rebecca Field and Wendy King, the Australians ran away 21-12 winners. 

The fours team of Carla Krizanic, Ellen Ryan, Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha Scott were the final grouping of the seventh session.

The contingent gelled strongly as a team and dropped only 5 ends for the match, to pencil in a final score of 19-8.
 
The five-from-six games result have seen the Australian team take an insurmountable lead into the final two tests, but with national pride on the line, you can guarantee there will be no quarter given in the ensuing match-ups.

Overall

Pos

Team

H2H

P

F

A

SD

S%

Pts

1

Australia

18

846

674

172

125.52%

65

2

England

18

674

846

-172

79.67%

27

April 28, 2017 / by / in
Jackaroos extend lead against England

The Jackaroos hold a commanding lead after two sessions of play on day two of the 2017 Australia v England Test at Broadbeach.

Australia collected five wins from this morning’s six rubbers, and a further four victories in this afternoon’s second session, to lead the Old Enemy 46 points to 18.

The two nations are also competing in Bowls Premier League format matches, which are being filmed for the second season of The Bowls Show on SBS.

The English players have adapted well to the unique fast-paced format of the BPL, which is sets-play pairs with a substitute player, time-limited deliveries and power-play ends each set, with the score split one-game each after two rubbers.

The winner of each match, including BPL matches, is awarded 2 points, and 1 for a draw.

All matches played during the three days of competition, across both genders, combine together to determine the test winner.

Australia finished the first day with a 26-10 lead, and have extended the margin to 46-18 following today’s ten wins across two sessions and two BPL matches.

The third session is currently underway on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games greens, with an additional two BPL matches also set to be staged today.

The combined ladder from the five sessions, and two BPL matches, played to date across the two days can be viewed below.

Overall

Pos

Team

H2H

P

F

A

SD

S%

Pts

1

Australia

12

601

476

125

126.26%

46

2

England

12

476

601

-125

79.20%

18

April 27, 2017 / by / in
Dominant afternoon sees Jackaroos take a stranglehold over England

The third and final test for the opening day has been run and won under darkening skies at Broadbeach Bowls Club, with another strong showing by the Australian Jackaroos.

The Women’s teams took to the rinks with Natasha Scott facing off against England’s Katherine Rednall in a singles rubber; Bec Van Asch took her trio of Carla Krizanic and Kelsey Cottrell into battle with Natalie Chestney’s rink and Karen Murphy skipped a rink containing Kristina Krstic and Lynsey Clarke against Sian Honnor’s rink.

Scott begun her game in red hot form, taking a 5 shot lead early before Redial reeled off a number of two-counts to lead 19-17, before the in-form Scott rallied to take out the match 21-19.

After starting strongly to lead 8-8, Van Ash’s rink dropped a four as Chestney’s rink levelled the match. However, the Aussies recovered with a 5 on the very next end to eventually skip out to a 21-11 victory.

Not to be outdone, Karen Murphy and team put on a clinical display to run out comfortable 21-8 victors after dropping the first two ends.

The Jackaroos men had the ever reliable Aron Sherriff leading the charge as the Singles combatant against Englands Jamie Chestney; in a high quality, see-sawing contest which rarely saw one player jump out to any major lead, Chestney lead Sherriff 19-14 before the Aussie stormed home, drawing to the ditch on the last end to take a 21-19 victory.

After trailing most of the match, the triples rink of Ray Pearse, Brett Wilkie and skip Scott Thulborn picked up a huge count of 6 to tie their match against Sam Tolchard’s rink at 15-15. After a see-sawing contest, a final end single secured victory for England 20-18.

A strong Australian trio of Wayne Ruediger, Barrie Lester and skip Aaron Wilson saw a tight contest broken open by the Australians, who took control from the 13th end to run our 19-9 victors.

With round 3 in the book, the Jackaroos have taken a commanding lead overall, with the combined ladder showing a commanding 26-10 lead over England (with the winner of each match receiving 2 points, and 1 for a draw).

Full Results (Round 3):

Men’s Singles: Australia (Aron Sherriff) def England (Jamie Chestney) 21-19
Men’s Triples: Australia (Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson) def England (Andy Knapper, David Bolt, Robert Paxton) 19-9
Men’s Triples: England (Louis Ridout, Jamie Walker, Sam Tolchard) def Australia (Ray Pearse, Brett Wilkie, Scott Thulborn) 20-18

Women’s Singles: Australia (Natasha Scott) def England (Katherine Rednall) 21-19
Women’s Triples: Australia (Lynsey Clarke, Kristina Krstic, Karen Murphy) def England (Sophie Tolchard, Ellen Faulkner, Sian Honnor) 19-9
Women’s Triples: Australia (Carla Krizanic, Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Van Asch) def England (Rebecca Field, Wendy King, Natalie Chestney) 21-11

Overall Standings:

Australia: 26 points, +70
England: 10 points, -70

Click here for the complete results from today’s play

April 26, 2017 / by / in