A Queensland team secured a third national title at the 2017 Australian Championships tonight, while NSW made amends for a silver medal finish on the opening day.
Broadbeach’s Sean Ingham, Kevin Anderson and Ryan Bester added a third title to the Queensland contingent’s ledger, at the halfway point of the competition’s eight disciplines.
The Gold Coast-based trio, who represent Australia’s development team, Scotland and Canada respectively, secured a 5 shot victory over the Northern Territory’s Stan Smolski, Graeme Kitto and Ralph Fair, 19-14, to claim the Australian Championships’ men’s triples title tonight at Club Sapphire in Merimbula.
While relegated to a silver medal, it was an exceptional achievement from the Top Enders, who boast just seven clubs and a few hundred members across the whole Territory.
Raymond Terrace’s Lynne Thompson, Genevieve Delves and Natasha Scott went one step further than their first attempt to claim a national title last night, walking away with a golden medallion around their necks on this occasion.
The NSW trio led from go to whoa in their encounter against Tasmania’s Vicki Winley, Kim Saunders and Rebecca Van Asch, from Invermay, to take the women’s triples title 19-6.
It was a stunning performance from the Raymond Terrace trio, who took a silver medal away from the fours contest on the Tuesday’s opening day, particularly given Delves and Scott will line-up in the women’s pairs event on Thursday and Scott will contest the blue-ribbon singles on Friday.
It was also NSW and Queensland who took the honours from the bronze medal matches.
NSW’s Crawford Linton, Matt Blackburn and Steve Rawlings, from Linton, prevailed over Western Australia’s Mark Simpson, Daniel Patterson and Justin Opie by a slender shot in the men, while Queensland Anne-Marie Peart, Jessica Srisamruaybai and Mellisa Larcombe upstaged the Top End’s Lauren Kingsley, Carolyn Smolski and Colleen Orr 18-13 in the women to earn the bronze medallions.
The 2017 Australian Championships continues at Merimbula’s Club Sapphire until Friday evening, with the attention turn to the pairs on Thursday and singles on Friday.
Bowls Australia will continue to showcase the event on “Rinkside Live” live-streaming through its facebook page, www.facebook.com/BowlsAustralia, across every session (8.45am, 12pm, 2.45pm and 6pm daily).