It was another scintillating day on the greens for the Australian Jackaroos at the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand today, with just the one blemish from their 12 encounters.
The Jackaroos hopes for a record-breaking campaign remains alive and well, with the contingent situated in the top two of all four of the second-batch of disciplines, going into the last day of sectional rounds.
The women’s triples team team of Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott and Rebecca Van Asch headline the nation’s hopes with an untarnished record after six rounds, which included a 20-8 win against Wales this afternoon.
They are a staggering 114 shots in the black, 89 shots and two wins above the second-placed Canada, but face a tough task in their seventh round tomorrow morning, in the always-competitive Scotland team.
The remaining three disciplines are all currently in second-place, but will look to further their prospects to earn automatic semi-final entry over tomorrow’s final three sectional matches.
Australia’s hopes of concluding the event with 10 world champions is also panning out favourably, with the men’s fours team of Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson and Mark Casey undefeated, but not quite in the lead.
The Jackaroos need to win both the men’s singles and fours for that to occur, which would replicate the heroics achieved by the contingent in 2012, with the quartet currently in second place on shots difference to England.
They will look to make up the margin over the day, with their first opponent set to be Ireland.
Aron Sherriff is also well positioned to feature prominently at the pointy end of the competition, second on the ladder to Canada’s Gold Coast-based Ryan Bester, by 24 shots.
Both players are a game clear of third-placed Darren Burnett, from Scotland, who is another game ahead of Japan’s North Sydney-based Kenta Hasebe.
Sherriff solidified his buffer with a 21-13 round six victory against Hasebe this afternoon, but will be weary of India’s Sunhill Bahadur, who toppled reigning Commonwealth Games singles gold medallist Burnett earlier today.
Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy are one-game off the leader in the women’s pairs, New Zealand, but also have a match-buffer on Philippines.
The duo have a healthy 71 shot margin, after a 37-7 win against Namibia in the last round today, and face England first-up tomorrow.
Round 6: 1.45pm – 4.45pm AEDT
Men’s singles (section 1): Australia (Aron Sherriff) def Japan (Kenta Treacher Hasebe) 21-13 (Burnside)
Men’s fours (section 2): Australia (Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson, Mark Casey) def Malaysia (Mohammad Syamil Syazwan Ramli, Zulhilmie Redzuan, Muhammad Hizlee Abd Rais, Fairul Izwan Abd Muin) 19-13 (Burnside)
Women’s pairs (section 1): Australia (Kelsey Cottrell, Karen Murphy) def Namibia (Anjuleen Viljoen, Lesley Vermeulen) 37-7 (Papanui)
Women’s triples (section 1): Australia (Carla Krizanic, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch) def Wales (Caroline Taylor, Jess Sims, Kathy Pearce) 20-8 (Canterbury)