Australian Indoor Championships golden girl Karen Murphy has kept her hopes of a seventh title alive after surviving an opening round scare.
Murphy, who last claimed the silverware in 2013, was pushed to a tie-break by Club Kawana’s Di Viterale, but secured victory by a slender margin, 5-6, 12-2, 2-1, to book a tantalising second round berth against Canada’s Kelly McKerihen.
Two-time Bowls Premier League champion Ben Twist advanced in straight sets against Warilla’s Harley McDonald, and will now face Kurri Kurri’s Nathan Dawson, who prevailed in a tie-break against Mudgeeraba’s Alan Law.
With two pull-outs resulting in byes for McKerihen and Rebecca Van Asch, the last match played in the third session was the “Ringside Live” live-streamed feature match between Blackburn’s Neville Brown against Deer Park’s Gary Ball.
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Session 3 results:
Nathan Dawson (Kurri Kurri) def Alan Law (Mudgeeraba) 12-5, 3-8, 3-1
Ben Twist (St Johns Park) def Harley McDonald (Warilla) 7-3, 8-4
Neville Brown (Blackburn) def Gary Ball (Deer Park) 11-2, 11-3
Karen Murphy (Cabramatta) def Di Viterale (Club Kawana) 5-6, 12-2, 2-1
Kelly McKerihen (Caulfield Park Alma) BYE
Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay) BYE