The Courier-Mail

Re­cruits put the shine to golden aura

- RE­NARD PETERS

BRIS­BANE Gold’s stocks for this year’s Aus­tralian Premier League con­tin­ued to soar af­ter new re­cruit Jeremy Henry scored a stun­ning vic­tory in the Aus­tralian In­door Cham­pi­onship at Tweed Heads.

Henry showed the ex­per­tise that will help Bris­bane back into con­tention in the third Premier League sea­son at Pine Rivers in Novem­ber.

His con­vinc­ing per­for­mance for his sec­ond in­door ti­tle fol­lows Gold team­mate Kelvin Kerkow, who was in good touch in the Golden Nugget.

The North Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional played in­spir­ing bowls through­out the in­door event, drop­ping only one set – in the fi­nal – to Tweed Heads’ Paul Girdler, win­ning 4-7, 11-4, 4-2.

Vic­tory se­cured Henry a berth in the World Cup next year.

VIC­TO­RIAN Carla Odgers won the women’s Aus­tralian in­door ti­tle but was made to work all the way.

She was forced to a tiebreak in each of her games ex­cept for the semi-fi­nal, which she won against last year’s win­ner Jamie-Lee Worsnop, 7-7, 9-1.

Odgers ended a bold bid by He­lensvale’s Lynsey Clarke in the fi­nal, also tak­ing out a thriller in a tie-break.

Clarke will now switch fo­cus to de­liv­ery of her first child, ex­pected next month.

MORE than 40 in­ter­na­tion­als will con­test the $60,000 Na­tional Club 5 A Side at He­lensvale next week.

The four-day tour­na­ment start­ing on Mon­day fea­tures 20 teams from all states.

Hosts and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons He­lensvale look for­mi­da­ble, headed by Jacka­roos squad mem­bers Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey and Nathan Rice.

Last year’s semi-fi­nal­ists Taren Point have been bol­stered by New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Nagy.

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