Queensland have continued to dominate the green on day 3 of the Australian Championships, adding the men’s and women’s pairs titles to their collection of five of the possible six championship trophies.
In a repeat of day 1 affairs, Queensland met NSW in the finals of both the men’s and women’s events, again proving too strong for their opponents.
Hot off the back of their triples title, NSW’s Genevieve Delves and Natasha Scott secured an early lead in the women’s pairs event. However, it was Natasha Jones and Lynsey Clarke who found their momentum following a seven shot end midway through the match and ultimately claimed the title for Queensland 23-17.
These are the second gold medallions the Helensvale pair have picked up during the Championships, having also been a part of the champion team in the women’s fours event earlier in the week.
It was a closer battle for fellow Helensvale pair Anthony Kiepe and Des Cann Jnr, as they met Cabramatta’s’ Ashley Mitchell and Carl Healey in the men’s final.
The local crowd were treated to a terrific display of bowls with the Queenlanders taking the title by a mere two shot, 15-13, margin.
In the bronze matches, Victoria claimed their first podium finish as Glenroy pair John McCarron and Ben Hubber prevailed over the NT’s Graeme Kitto and Trystan Smallcombe 19-15.
In the women’s bronze medal encounter, it was the Tasmanian pair who denied Victoria the bronze-medal double with Allison Venn and Deanne Harman overshadowing Kerry Leask and Mary Tragardh 23-10.
The Australian Championships draw to a conclusion at Merrimbula’s Club Sapphire today with the blue ribbon men’s and women’s singles to be contested.
Bowls Australia will showcase the final day of the championships on “Rinkside Live” live-streaming through its Facebook page across every session (8.45am, 12pm, 2.45pm and 6pm daily).