Ferguson anointed after dethroning King Henry

Ferguson anointed after dethroning King Henry

A king has been dethroned and David Ferguson has emerged as bowls’ newest national indoor champion.

Engadine’s Ferguson achieved the seemingly impossible, disposing of two-time reigning titleholder and three-time event winner Jeremy Henry in this afternoon’s coveted Australian Indoor Championships men’s final at Tweed Heads.

Despite dropping the first set, 6-11, Ferguson rallied to claim the next set, 8-6, as well as the opening shot of the tie-break, before putting the game out of contention with a further 3 shots on the next, eventually walking away with the silverware 4-2.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Ferguson said after prevailing.

“I came here with the attitude of ‘take every game as it comes’ and it’s been the most relaxed tournament I’ve ever played, so that’s something I can take away for the future.

“Jeremy is a good mate and a good bloke to play against, he is always talking through the match, but it was great to be here and great to win.”

Both Ferguson and Henry will compete at next year’s World Cup, with Ferguson earning the right by virtue of his win today, while Henry is also afforded entry to defend his crown at that event, where he will go in search of an historic sixth title.

“To wear the green and gold is a massive honour and one I won’t take lightly,” Ferguson said.

In the women’s event, Rebecca Van Asch became the first Tasmanian to claim the title in the 30-year history of the men’s competition and 15 stagings of the women’s event.

In a tense battle Van Asch sealed the first set 9-4, before Canadian international representative Kelly McKerihen forged a come-from-behind 7-5 second set win. 

A tense tie-break ensued after both players won an end each to make sure the coveted title came down to one final end.

McKerihen attempted a strong drive with her final bowl that narrowly missed, leaving Van Asch with two shots to clinch the victory.

Van Asch said she was very emotional after tasting her first ever national indoor championship triumph.

“That was a really tough game and I was really happy with the way I started and things were going really well, but things got really tight there at the end so it was really nice to come away with a win after going down to the last end of the tie-break,” Van Asch said after triumphing.

Van Asch was understandably proud to be the only Tasmanian to claim the silverwear.

“A lot of people know that I’m a very patriotic Tasmanian so it’s fantastic to have this title for Tassie,” Van Asch said.

“To finally get the victory for Tasmania is fantastic.”

The Australian Indoor Championships will return to Tweed Heads next year from August 20 to 23, with Rebecca Van Asch and David Ferguson afforded direct entry to defend their titles.

Final results:
Women’s final: Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay) def Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) 9-4, 5-7, 4-2
Men’s final: David Ferguson (Engadine) def Jeremy Henry (Warilla) 6-11, 8-6, 4-2

August 31, 2017 / by / in
Van Asch clinches championship

Rebecca Van Asch has become the first ever Tasmanian to win the Australian Indoor Championships.

In a tense battle Van Asch sealed the first set 9-4, before Canadian international representative Kelly McKerihen forged a come-from-behind 7-5 second set win. 

A tense tie-break ensued after both players won an end each to make sure the coveted title came down to one final end.

McKerihen attempted a strong drive with her final bowl that narrowly missed, leaving Van Asch with two shots to clinch the victory.

Van Asch said she was very emotional after tasting her first ever national indoor championship triumph.

“That was a really tough game and I was really happy with the way I started and things were going really well, but things got really tight there at the end so it was really nice to come away with a win after going down to the last end of the tie-break,” Van Asch said after triumphing.

Van Asch was very proud to be the only Tasmanian to claim the silverwear.

“A lot of people know that I’m a very patriotic Tasmanian so it’s fantastic to have this title for Tassie,” Van Asch said.

To finally get the victory for Tasmania is fantastic.”

Defending men’s champion Jeremy Henry (Warrila) and David Ferguson (Engadine) will face-off at 2pm for the 2017 honours.

Results:
Men’s semi-final 2: David Ferguson (Engadine) def Dylan Riley (Forster) 8-3, 7-7
11am – Women’s final: Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay) def Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) 9-4, 5-7, 4-2

Finals:
2pm – Men’s final: Jeremy Henry (Warilla) v David Ferguson (Engadine)

August 31, 2017 / by / in
Ferguson fires into final

The Australian Indoor Championships’ gold medal deciders have now all been confirmed, with NSW Blues skip David Ferguson securing the final spot this morning at Tweed Heads.

Ferguson booked the last remaining ticket to the coveted final, after a one-and-a-half set victory against Forster’s Dylan Riley, 8-3, 7-7.

Despite winning the first set, Ferguson earnestly declared he just wasn’t on top of his game until later in the game.

“I didn’t think I played as well in the first set as in the second, I was playing some good bowls but then scrapping around with my second and third bowl,” Ferguson said after prevailing.

“I ended up playing a couple of good bowls which got me out of trouble.”

Ferguson faces a herculean hurdle in his last remaining contest this afternoon, in three-time winner and two-time reigning champion Jeremy Henry.

“I think it’s going to be important to really nail my first and second bowl against Jeremy,” Ferguson said.

“Jeremy is brilliant, especially on the indoor and he’s a good mate of mine so it’s going to fun, everything is a bonus from here.”

Regardless of this afternoon’s result, Ferguson will go on to don Australia’s green and gold coloured uniform at next year’s World Cup as a result of making the final, given Henry has already secured automatic entry to defend his title.

The Australian Indoor Championships continues at Tweed Heads with the final matches scheduled for 11.00am and 2.00pm local time.

Click here to view the Australian Indoor Championships event page.

Results:
Men’s semi-final 2: David Ferguson (Engadine) def Dylan Riley (Forster) 8-3, 7-7

Finals:
11am – Women’s final: Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) v Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay)
2pm – Men’s final: Jeremy Henry (Warilla) v David Ferguson (Engadine)

August 31, 2017 / by / in
Indoors poised for a powder-keg finish

Rebecca Van Asch will get a chance at redemption, Canadian raider Kelly McKerihen has staked her claim on the silverware and Jeremy Henry is just one win away from a three-peat, as the Australian Indoor Championships poises for a powder-keg finish tomorrow.

The $30,000 Australian Indoor Championships is set for a climatic conclusion at Tweed Heads tomorrow, with a blockbuster women’s final locked in, and one half of the men’s decider confirmed.

Van Asch will attempt to extract revenge after finishing with a silver medal from last year’s event, but faces one final hurdle, in Canadian international Kelly McKerihen, after both advanced through the semi-final stages today.

The dual world champion ended the hopes of fellow Australian Jackaroo teammate Ellen Ryan on her final delivery of a three-end tie-break, while McKerihen secured a semis spot with a straight sets victory over Cabramatta’s Dianne Davis.

While the $6,000 first-place prize purse is an enticing prospect, there’s a consolation prize for Van Asch should lose tomorrow’s final, which is scheduled for 11.00am, with a berth in next year’s World Cup already assured, given McKerihen doesn’t qualify to represent Australia.

Both the men’s and women’s singles champions are afforded entry into the following year’s World Cup by virtue of their victory.

“I’ve seen Kelly play many times representing Canada,” Van Asch said after progressing.

“But I’ve never played against her in a singles game myself, so I’ll go out there with my own game plan.”

In the men’s event, two-time defending champion Jeremy Henry is one win shy from a momentous three-peat, but does not yet know who stands in his way.

Henry, who has already claimed the coveted title three times after prevailing in 2011 before a three-year hiatus, secured a tie-break victory against soon-to-be capped Australian representative Ben Twist, 9-6, 3-9, 4-2, in this afternoon’s semi-final.

If Henry can achieve the hat-trick of victories, he will join a small and illustrious list of back-to-back-to-back winners, which to date only includes nine-time winner Steve Glasson and six-time champion Karen Murphy.

Henry’s next opponent will be either Engadine’s David Ferguson or Forster’s Dylan Riley, with their semi-final encounter scheduled for 9.00am.

The Australian Indoor Championships continues at Tweed Heads tomorrow, with the second men’s semi-final and both finals.

All semi-finals and final encounters are filmed for delayed coverage on SBS’ The Bowls Show, to be shown each Sunday from September 24 to October 22.

Click here to view the Australian Indoor Championships event page.

Semi-final results:
Women’s semi-final 1:Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) def Dianne Davis (Cabramatta) 8-7, 9-3
Men’s semi-final 1: Jeremy Henry (Warilla) def Ben Twist (St Johns Park) 9-6, 3-9, 4-2
Women’s semi-final 2: Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay) def Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta) 5-12, 8-7, 2-1

Thursday’s finals schedule:
9am – Men’s semi-final 2: Dylan Riley (Forster) v David Ferguson (Engadine)
11am – Women’s final: Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) v Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay)
2pm – Men’s final: Jeremy Henry (Warilla) v winner of men’s semi-final 2

August 30, 2017 / by / in
Henry on the cusp of three-peat

Two-time defending champion Jeremy Henry is just one win away from securing a three-peat at the $30,000 Australian Indoor Championships.

Henry, who has already claimed the coveted title three times after prevailing in 2011 before a three-year hiatus, will attempt to achieve an illustrious treble when he steps into Tweed Heads broadcast show-rink tomorrow at 2pm.

The two-time defending champion secured a tie-break victory against soon-to-be capped Australian representative Ben Twist, 9-6, 3-9, 4-2, in this afternoon’s semi-final.

If Henry can achieve the hat-trick of victories, he will join a small and illustrious list of back-to-back-to-back winners, which to date only includes nine-time winner Steve Glasson and six-time champion Karen Murphy.

Henry won’t find out the name of his next opponent until tomorrow morning, with Engadine’s David Ferguson and Forster’s Dylan Riley semi-final encounter scheduled for 9am.

The Australian Indoor Championships continues at Tweed Heads today and tomorrow, with all of the semi-finals and final encounters filmed for delayed coverage on SBS’ The Bowls Show.

The second women’s finalist will be confirmed this afternoon, with last year’s runner-up Rebecca Van Asch set to take on dual Australian Open singles champion Ellen Ryan.

Click here to view the Australian Indoor Championships event page.

Semi-final results:
Jeremy Henry (Warilla) def Ben Twist (St Johns Park) 9-6, 3-9, 4-2
Kelly McKerihen (Clayton) def Dianne Davis (Cabramatta) 8-7, 9-3

Semi-final match-ups:
Wednesday:
2pm – Women’s semi-final 2: Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay) v Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta)

Thursday:
9am – Men’s semi-final 2: Dylan Riley (Forster) v David Ferguson (Engadine)
11am – Women’s final: Kelly McKerihen (Clayton)
2pm – Men’s final: Jeremy Henry (Warilla) 

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