National Coach Steve Glasson has taken the time to write another insightful daily report to keep the bowls.com.au audience informed after another very busy day guiding the Australian Jackaroos to success on the green at the 10-Nations competition in Wales.
Another crystal clear sky and warm temperatures ensured play was at its very best for not only the Jackaroos, but all 10 competing nations in the Welsh 10-Nations tournament t.
This event boasts added impetus for some, being a pre test/trial event for Cardiff’s hosting of the Atlantic Rim Championships in 2019 and it’s a great honour and delight to be here learning, competing and participating.
Thank you, Bowls Wales.
On the greens, it was a super exciting morning with some must-win matches on the schedule for the Jackaroos.
Young star Ellen Ryan was pitted against the might of South Africa, Colleen Piketh, and it was all the Australian in the first half when Ellen opened up a commanding 17-2 advantage in the first to 21 encounter.
However, Colleen is definitely not one to throw in the towel, as she proved the previous day when she whittled away another huge deficit, and once again, found a friendly length and line and proceeded to play her back into the match.
It turned into a thriller with Ellen maintaining her composure and taking the points from the do-or-die encounter, 21-18.
The Men’s Pairs were equally enthralling, with Australia’s Jesse Noronha and Aaron Wilson confronted by a very determined USA pair and once again, both teams were desperate for the win in order to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Stars and Stripes duo came out firing, leading the match all the way through… Well, until the second last end when the Australian’s played an end you only dream of to collect a maximum count of 6, which enabled them to start the last end 5 shots in the black.
They defended this very hard fought lead and took the match 16-12, which ensured the Men’s Pairs progress to the pointy-end of the competitions.
The Men’s Triples also faced the USA in their morning match and continued their rich vein of form, racking up their third victory from as many starts with a relatively comfortable end, 21-8.
The trio will conclude their pool matches against Jersey.
And last but by no means least, our women’s awesome foursome enjoyed a bye in the morning session, but rather than laze around, they were up-and-about and supporting singles expert Ellen Ryan during her encounter.
In the afternoon, Ellen again needed to win (or as it turned out) score 20 shots against the in-form Canadian Jordon Kos.
It was an arm wrestle from the very start and with the allocated time of 2 hours and 15 minutes about to strike, with Ellen leading 20-18, our golden girl notched up another very tough victory, 21-18.
The Men’s Pairs enjoyed the bye and a chance to put the feet up following their earlier quarter-final qualification.
They opted to go and cheer on the National Assistant Coach Gary Willis supported Ellen Ryan and no doubt their sideline encouragement helped spur on Ellen.
The Men’s Triples’ final pool match turned into a slightly one sided affair with the Jackaroos trio flexing some muscle, securing a win 26–9 over Jersey and in the process earned top place in their group and a direct entry into the semi-finals.
The Women’s Fours, providing they won their last pool match, were in a race with Ireland for top spot.
The Aussies went into the last game square on points with their Irish counterparts, however had a 10 shot advantage on the shot differential ledger.
The Aussies started a little slowly, trailing 0-6 after 4 ends, but then courtesy of some excellent positional play by Australia’s front three, Rebecca Van Asch was able to land two exceptional conversions to make a 4 and then a 7 and within the blink of an eye, the Aussies were in front.
They continued to extend this advantage with a final score in their favour of 20-9.
This 11-shot margin was enough to cement top place and a well deserved elevation directly into the semi-finals.
Tomorrow (Sunday 8th July) – the finals schedule is:
@ Barry Athletic BC
10.00am – Women’s Singles & Fours Quarter-Finals
1.30pm – Women’s Singles & Fours Semi-Finals
@ Dinas Powys BC
10.00am – Men’s Pairs & Triples Quarter-Finals
1.30pm – Men’s Pairs & Triples Semi-Finals
My apologies – at the time of writing this update, the finals draw was not public.
Monday 9th July
10.00am – Women’s Fours & Men’s Pairs Finals
1.30pm – Women’s Singles & Men’s Triples Finals
Tuesday 10th July – Rest Day
Wednesday 11th July– Reverse Disciplines Commence.
As it is Saturday here, the plans for the Aussie to wrap up their Saturday include the mundane things like washing, team discussions, etc but then the boys are going to watch the Soccer World Cup Quarter-Final, not so much to witness the football itself, more so the atmosphere surrounding the match and in particular the England Side.
For the girls, it’s a show featuring four comedians…. as if we haven’t enough comedy and laughs in the team already. Ha ha… Too funny! Really!
Don’t forget, follow the action as it progresses via the Bowls Australia Facebook, Twitter and Web Sites as well as www.welshbowls.co.uk for scores, scheduling and live updates.
On behalf of the Jackaroos, I would like to convey our thanks and appreciation for all the encouragement and support being afforded us.
It certainly helps motivate the entire team and I can say with absolute certainty that the players are giving everything they have in representing Australia to the very best ability on and off the greens.
Please stay tuned for further updates… and see enclosed Ellen ‘Muscles’ Ryan imitating her hard fought wins against quality opponents today.