Australia’s Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott and Rebecca Van Asch have tonight become the first dual gold medallists of the GC2018 bowls competition.
The trio secured their second gold medal after toppling Scotland in the women’s triples’ ultimate decider, 21-12, to add to the women’s fours medallion won on Monday.
The team fired on all cylinders tonight, running away to 8 shot lead after the opening five ends before taking the rest in their stride.
The trio become the nation’s first ever dual gold medallists from the same Games, and the first Australians to win Comm Games gold and world titles in the same two disciplines.
“To come away with two, and to do the double of the Comm Games and World Champs in both the triples and fours is really special, particularly with the exact same team,” Van Asch said.
“First Comm Games and a one hundred percent record is also pretty special.
“The girls made it so easy for me in the triples, they played fantastic and particularly in that final they gave me a real armchair ride through it.”
All three players are now the Games gold medallists and reigning world champions in the women’s triples and fours.
The Australian Jackaroos have now claimed four gold and one silver medal from the competition, are guaranteed another silver at a minimum, and are also into the semi-final the men’s singles.
The result is already Australia’s best performance at a Commonwealth Games, surpassing the nation’s efforts at the 2006 Games, where it won three gold, one silver and one bronze.
Australia also booked a berth in another golden decider tonight, with the men’s fours contingent of Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff advancing courtesy of a scintillating semi-final win over Wales, 15-5.
The quartet will now contest the gold/silver medal decider tomorrow from 12.30pm, against Scotland, who defeated England in the other semi-final contest.
The stage is set for an absolute blockbuster finish to that disciplines, with Scotland the defending titleholder from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Also staged on the final day of the Lawn Bowls competition tomorrow from 12.30pm is Aaron Wilson’s blue-ribbon men’s singles semi contest against England’s Robert Paxton.
GC2018 Day 8 Session 3 results:
Women’s triples gold medal decider: Australia defeated Scotland 21-12
Men’s fours semi-final: Australia defeated Wales 15-5