The Australian team has continued where they left off at the Trans Tasman test series, and lead the second test in all five events following this morning’s session at Broadbeach.
The green and gold contingent secured the test victory in all five events yesterday, and have the narrow ascendancy after the opening session of the second test, but only hold a narrow margin in three events.
The open men, open women and development men all lead by less than 5 shots, after splitting their two rubbers this morning, one-win-a-piece.
There’s a bit more breathing room for the development women and para-sport teams, who prevailed in both rubbers contested.
Two more sessions are still up for grabs in today’s second test, with New Zealand still well and truly in the hunt across all disciplines.
The format swaps to pairs and triples for the second session, which commenced at 12.30pm, before reverting back to the singles and pairs disciplines that were played this morning in the open and development events.
The para-sport event retains it’s pairs and triples format throughout the competition, in-line with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Full standings, results and discipline team listings for the first session of the second test can be found below.
Both nations will continue to rotate players through the disciplines to uncover the most favourable combination for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Bowls Australia acknowledges the assistance and funding provided by the Commonwealth Games Australia to Bowls Australia for athletes in the “Gold Coast GOLD” and “NextGEN AUSComGames” programs.
The Gold Coast GOLD program was devised by the CGA to maximise podium performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and assist athletes who are expected to be nominated for selection to the 2018 Australian Team. NextGEN AUSComGames was devised to provide assistance to junior players who have been identified as potential 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games level athletes.
Trans Tasman test two standings after one session:
Open men: 3 points each, Australia +5 shots
Open women: 3 points each, Australia +3 shots
Development men: 3 points each, Australia +3 shots
Development women: Australia leads by 6 points
Para-sport: Australia leads by 6 points
Trans Tasman test two, session one results:
Men’s singles: Australia (Aron Sherriff) lost to New Zealand (Shannon McIlroy) 19-21
Men’s fours: Australia (Wayne Ruediger, Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Scott Thulborn) def New Zealand (Tony Grantham, Paul Girdler, Blake Signal, Ali Forsyth) 17-10
Women’s singles: Australia (Natasha Scott) lost to New Zealand (Jo Edwards) 18-21
Women’s fours: Australia (Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Lynsey Clarke, Rebecca Van Asch) def New Zealand (Angela Boyd, Katelyn Inch, Kirsten Edwards, Val Smith) 15-10
Men’s singles: Australia (Aaron Teys) def New Zealand (Richard Hocking) 21-13
Men’s fours: Australia (Jonathon Davis, Lachlan Sims, Nathan Pedersen, Corey Wedlock) lost to New Zealand (Seamus Curtin, Finbar McGuigan, Aiden Takarua, Sheldon Barrie-Hawley) 11-14
Women’s singles: Australia (Kristina Krstic) def New Zealand (Ashleigh Jeffcoat) 21-9
Women’s fours: Australia (Kate Matthews, Jessica Srisamruaybai, Ellen Ryan, Bolivia Millerick) def New Zealand (Kimberley Hemingway, Natasha Russell, Nicole Toomey, Sarah Scott) 17-15
Pairs: Australia (Ralph Simpson, Marian Morrison) def New Zealand (Sue Curran, David Stallard) 20-6
Triples: Australia (Tony Bonnell, Chris Flavel, Joshua Barry) def New Zealand (Carolyn Crawford, Mark Noble, Graham Skellern) 15-11