National Coach Steve Glasson has provided another comprehensive report detailing how his Australian Jackaroos charges fared over in Wales during day three of the 10-Nations competition.
With the sectional play done and dusted and all four Aussie disciplines getting through, we were in for a busy day during the third day of competition.
Once again it was a beautiful, balmy Welsh Day and everybody needed to ensure the old slip, slop, slap took place, as well as a regular intake of plenty of water, as conditions mirrored that of a Gold Coast summer.
First to fire up were the Men’s Pairs of Jesse Noronha and Aaron Wilson against the highly competitive and talented Namibian due.
The dynamic duo from Australia held a slender lead throughout, but the Namibians kept coming.
Aaron “Disco” Wilson was called upon to play the shot of the match; a kill when facing a handful of shots down and as he so often does, delivered it with precision.
This shot was a telling blow and helped the Aussies secure a hard fought 16-14 victory and progress through the last four with a match up against regular rivals, Malaysia.
Our Women’s Singles (Ellen Ryan), Men’s Triples (Corey Wedlock, Ben Twist & Aaron Wilson) & Women’s Fours (Kelsey Cottrell, Kristina Krstic, Chloe Stewart & Rebecca Van Asch) all had to wait to hit the greens for the afternoon semi-finals matches in their respective disciplines after topping their points tables during the group matches.
For the semi-finals, we were spread across two venues, the men at Dinas Powys and the women at Barry Athletic.
In Women’s Singles, Ellen Ryan was at her best.
Up against Ireland, Ryan fired from the get go and with a final score or 21-12, with respect to our gallant opponent, it could have been a bit more, as Ellen was very consistent.
Ellen now meets Malaysia in the finals tomorrow after (Monday) at 1.30pm UK time.
In the Women’s Fours, the epic battles between Malaysia and Australia continued.
Once again, not much separated these two world class continents, going into the 15th and final end, the score was locked at 10–10.
It was however to be Malaysia’s day with a couple of very near misses by the Aussie back-end being the only difference.
As a wise man once said, this game of bowls really is a “game of inches”.
Congratulations to our Aussie quartet on securing yet another podium finish with a workmanship display and in turn, a bronze medal.
For the Men’s Pairs and Triples, it was always going to be an arm-wrestle of an afternoon with opponents again from Malaysia in both matches.
Our men’s pairs were dealt what can only be described as a very tricky ditch-rink in the semi-final.
Wilson was outstanding all day and Noronha was fantastic with his constant encouragement and support of Disco.
They prevailed in a gritty contest 17-13, and will now take on our fellow Southern Hemisphere mates, South Africa in the gold medal decider.
The boys triples started slowly against Malaysia, struggling to find their range on an extremely difficult rink, while he Malaysians were nailing it early and jumped out to a 8-2 lead.
Teys played two fantastic shots to mitigate damage on consecutive ends, and from there Wedlock and Twist clicked into gear.
Scoring a six and a five in back-to-back ends same the momentum shift to Australia’s favour in very tough conditions.
The final score was recorded, 25-15 to Australia, booking a berth against Ireland in their gold medal final.
Coaching staff were thoroughly impressed with the trio’s determination, strength to not become frustrated and maintain their focus.
Well done to fellow coach Gary Willis as well on his support and contribution to the overall performance, in particular the men’s results today.
Once again, thanks to everybody from all parts of Australia (and some from other countries) for your ongoing support.
Caption: Kristina Krstic notched up her 50th test for Australia, while Rebecca Van Asch earned the second star on her hat following her 200th match for the green and gold.