Australia has a stranglehold on the 2017 Trans Tasman, and will go for the jugular in this evening’s final session of the second test.
The green and gold contingent has the ascendancy in all five events, which comprises of open and development men’s and women’s disciplines and a para-sport team, leading into the final session of the second test at Broadbeach.
The para-sport pairs and triples team have already reached an unassailable lead to secure their Trophy, after winning the first test yesterday and securing all four of the rubbers on offer so far today.
The development women and open men are also in the box set to procure some silverware, having prevailed in three of their four contests, to lead 9 points to 3, but would need to win one of their final rubbers this evening to secure an outright victory.
The open women and development men are level pegging with the Kiwis on 6 points each, with the host-nation leading by 6 shots and 3 shots respectively.
They will be eager to secure both rubbers contested this evening to avoid a count back of shot differential.
The third session of the second test is currently underway at Broadbeach, and play will continue tomorrow with three sessions in the final test.
Bowls Australia acknowledges the assistance and funding provided by the Commonwealth Games Australia to Bowls Australia for athletes in the “Gold Coast GOLD” and “NextGEN AUSComGames” programs.
The Gold Coast GOLD program was devised by the CGA to maximise podium performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and assist athletes who are expected to be nominated for selection to the 2018 Australian Team. NextGEN AUSComGames was devised to provide assistance to junior players who have been identified as potential 2018 or 2022 Commonwealth Games level athletes.
Trans Tasman test two standings after two sessions:
Open men: Australia leads 9 points to 3
Open women: 6 points each, Australia leads by 6 shots
Development men: 6 points each, Australia leads by 3 shots
Development women: Australia leads 9 points to 3
Para-sport: Australia leads 12 points to 0
Trans Tasman test two, session two results:
Men’s Pairs: Australia (Wayne Ruediger, Aron Sherriff) def New Zealand (Tony Grantham, Shannon McIlroy) 20-12
Men’s Triples: Australia (Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson) def New Zealand (Paul Girdler,
Blake Signal, Ali Forsyth) 21-15
Women’s Pairs: Australia (Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Van Asch) lost to New Zealand (Val Smith, Jo Edwards) 15-18
Women’s Triples: Australia (Lynsey Clarke, Carla Krizanic, Karen Murphy) def New Zealand (Angela Boyd, Kirsten Edwards, Katelyn Inch) 17-10
Men’s Pairs: Australia (Jonathon Davis, Aaron Teys) lost to New Zealand (Richard Hocking, Aiden Takarua) 12-15
Men’s Triples: Australia (Lachlan Sims, Nathan Pedersen, Corey Wedlock) def New Zealand (Seamus Curtin, Finbar McGuigan, Sheldon Barrie-Hawley) 16-15
Women’s Pairs: Australia (Jessica Srisamruaybai, Bolivia Millerick) lost to New Zealand (Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Nicole Toomey) 14-20
Women’s Triples: Australia (Kate Matthews, Kristina Krstic, Ellen Ryan) def New Zealand (Kimberley Hemingway, Natasha Russell, Sarah Scott) 16-12
Pairs: Australia (Lynne Seymour, Jake Fehlberg) def New Zealand (Sue Curran, David Stallard) 12-9
Triples: Australia (Tony Bonnell, Ken Hanson, James Reynolds) def New Zealand (Carolyn Crawford, Mark Noble, Graham Skellern) 25-13