Australian lawn bowls team break gold medal drought with two triumphs in seventy-two hours

Australian lawn bowls team break gold medal drought with two triumphs in seventy-two hours

SEVENTY-TWO hours after breaking Australia’s lawn bowls gold medal drought, three-quarters of the Aussie women’s fours team have walked away with a second gold by dominating Scotland in the women’s triples.

Coming into the Gold Coast, Australia hadn’t won a gold medal in the Comm Games’ lawn bowls since Melbourne 2006.

A win in the women’s fours on Monday snapped that 12-year hoodoo but Natasha Scott, Carla Krizanic and Rebecca van Asch weren’t finished with one gold and they dominated the triples competition as well.

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The Australian women's triples lawn bowls team of Rebecca van Asch, Natasha Scott and Carla Krizanic after winning gold.
The Australian women’s triples lawn bowls team of Rebecca van Asch, Natasha Scott and Carla Krizanic after winning gold.Source: Getty Images

Scotland put up a brave fight to stretch the game to 17 ends but it was delaying the inevitable and in the end they were outclassed 21-12 by the Aussie trio.

The Scots were left rueing a critical seventh end, when they trailed 9-5 but held four shots, only for van Asch to deliver a drive that knocked them all out and give the Aussies the shot and a 10-5 lead.

From there it was a steady progression to victory for the Aussies.

The Aussies emulated their celebrations from a few days earlier, with the boisterous Scott lifting Krizanic up in the air in a joyful bearhug.

The Australian bowls team also delivered some well-earned hugs on the greens.

Carla Krizanic was strong in the gold medal match for Australia.
Carla Krizanic was strong in the gold medal match for Australia.Source: AAP

One of the most amazing parts of the women’s triples win was the Scott, van Asch and Krizanic had to pull up on their fours gold medal celebrations outside the Broadbeach venue on Monday and go and play in a triples preliminary. They won that game and powered through to another gold medal.

It was Australia’s second gold of the day at Broadbeach after a win in the B6/B7/B8 triples event.

Led by Australia’s oldest Commonwealth Games athlete, Ken Hanson, the team dramatically stole gold after Hanson produced the ball of his life with the final delivery of the final to pinch a 14-13 win over New Zealand.

Having comeback from 10-3 down to take the lead at the final change, the Kiwis were on track to claim the title before Hanson’s heroics.

The Australian para open triples team of Ken Hanson, Josh Thornton and Tony Bonnell won gold earlier in the day.
The Australian para open triples team of Ken Hanson, Josh Thornton and Tony Bonnell won gold earlier in the day.Source: Getty Images

The 68-year-old then blasted two New Zealand balls away from the jack and sealed the win with the perfect draw shot to send the Broadbeach Lawn Bowls club into raptures.

“There wasn’t no draw shot or anything like that. It was just to let it go as hard as I could and hope I hit the right ball, which it did,” Hanson said of his first ball.

“It went onto the other one, that was a bonus, which left us with (one more).” Hanson, who is easily the most senior member of Australia’s Games team, said he had never dreamt of wearing gold on the podium.

“If you had of told me 18 months ago that I’d be standing here about to get a gold medal, I would’ve said you’re kidding yourself,” he said. “I never would’ve even entertained the idea of playing in the Commonwealth Games of the disability but we’ve been through a lot together us guys and we’re not a bad combination.”

April 12, 2018 / by / in

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