New Zealand has come out firing on the opening morning of the second test at the Trans Tasman Test Series on the Gold Coast.
The Kiwis responded strongly to Australia’s clinical start to the event yesterday, in which the green and gold contingent secured the opening test honours in all three categories on offer; the Senior, Development and Para-sport events.
In the Senior event, the Blackjacks clinched three wins and a draw from the four disciplines contested, with Shannon McIlroy enjoying a 21-17 win against Aaron Wilson, and Jo Edwards toppling reigning world singles champion Karen Murphy 21-18 in the blue-ribbon singles events.
The men’s fours team of Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice and Aaron Sherriff succumbed to their Kiwi opponents by 2 shots, while the women’s fours line-up of Carla Krizanic, Lynsey Clarke, Kelsey Cottrell and Natasha Scott collected 2 shots on the final two ends of their contest to split the points with an 11-all draw.
The result certainly keeps things interesting at Broadbeach Bowls Club, with two more sessions to be staged this afternoon to determine the second test, with the action turning to pairs and triples disciplines from 12.00pm AEST and returning to the singles and fours contests at 2.45pm AEST.
Australia elected to bring seven women and six men to the event, in order to trial players in different positions and disciplines for the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which will allow them to alter the make-up of the teams for their rematches this afternoon.
While New Zealand claimed the points in the Senior event, it was a different story in the Development and Para-sport competitions.
In the Development section of the competition, Australia continued to skip away from their opposition, with four wins from as many starts across both genders.
Recently crowned World Champion of Champion, Aaron Teys, continued his sublime singles form, with a 21-13 victory in the men’s singles, and Kristina Krstic enjoyed a 21-17 win in the women’s field.
Jono Davis, Jayden Christie, Sean Ingham and Corey Wedlock stuck across the line by a slender shot, 15-4 in the men’s fours, and Jessica Srisamruaybai, Tiffany Brodie, Samantha Noronha and Dawn Hayman prevailed 14-6 in the women’s fours.
In the para-sport event, the green and gold contingent won both opening battles, with Lynne Seymour and Jake Fehlberg prevailing 22-8 in the vision-impaired mixed pairs and Ken Hanson, Tony Bonnell and Josh Thornton triumphant in the athletes with a disability triples, 19-9.
The second test continues with two more sessions from Broadbeach Bowls Club this afternoon.
Caption: Blackjacks world singles champion Shannon McIlroy helped New Zealand take the honours from the opening session of the second test this morning.