It was a case of contrasting fortunes for former finalists in the Australian Indoor Championships’ second session at Tweed Heads.
2015 runner-up Lynsey Clarke has kept her bucket-list dream of winning the nation’s most coveted indoor event alive, but the second-placed finisher of the 2013 event, Mark Nitz, won’t get an opportunity for redemption this year.
Clarke, who lost to fellow Jackaroo Krizanic two years ago, enjoyed a comprehensive victory in her first match of this year’s event, upstaging Lisa Buchanan 12-2, 9-2.
The Australian Captain will now encounter Yarraville Footscray’s Sara Rodger in the second round, who toppled WA state coach Therese Hastings in a tie-break.
Burnie’s Nitz found himself on the wrong side of the ledger on the final bowl of the extra end of tie-break against Warilla’s rising star Jesse Noronha, after they split the first two sets and were level 3-a piece after the three-end tie-break.
Noronha will now face Taelyn Male in one of four second round matches played today, from 6pm.
Across the rinks, a number of other notable results were recorded in the second session of play.
Claire Turley, who triumphed in the second-ever staging of the event back in 2004, had a straight sets victory over Mosman Park’s Lisa Featherby 11-5, 9-7.
Turley will play Diana Davis in their round two match at 6pm this evening.
2015 Australian Open men’s singles champion Aaron Teys also advanced to the second stage of the $30,000 prize-money event, eliminating Deer Park’s Graham Gebus 11-6, 12-6.
Teys will face South Tweed’s Stephen Halmai, who defeated Burleigh Head’s Ian Law 6-5, 8-6, in tomorrow’s second round.
The event continues at Tweed Heads this afternoon, with further sessions staged at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.
Session 2 results:
Jesse Noronha (Warilla) def Mark Nitz (Burnie) 6-7, 10-1, 4-3
Aaron Teys (Warilla) def Graham Gebus (Deer Park) 11-6, 12-6
Stephen Halmai (South Tweed) def Ian Law (Burleigh Heads) 6-5, 8-6
Claire Turley (Cabramatta) def Lisa Featherby (Mosman Park) 11-5, 9-7
Lynsey Clarke (Club Helensvale) def Lisa Buchanan (NSW) 12-2, 9-2
Sara Rodger (Yarraville Footscray) def Therese Hastings (Manning) 5-7, 9-6, 4-1
Caption: Recent Australian Open singles semi-finalist Jesse Noronha has toppled a former runner-up in his first round of the 2017 Australian Indoor Championships at Tweed Heads.