Henry goes ape as Gorillas dominate
FORMER Brisbane Gold player Jeremy Henry turned it on for his new Bowls Premier League club Illawarra Gorillas in their debut performance at Pine Rivers yesterday.
The Gorillas, representing Warilla club, had three wins before a big TV loss to Gold Coast Hawks last night.
It was a mixed bag for Queensland clubs Brisbane Pirates and the Hawks, who will be hoping to put together a string of wins today.
There were some fascinating duels throughout the opening rounds, none more so than new Pirate Alex Marshall going head to head with Murray Steamers’ Ryan Bester.
Two of the best players in the world showed their prowess, particularly in the first set when Marshall grabbed six shots for the Pirates off a power play before Bester helped pick up four the next end to win the set.
Marshall, the 2014 MVP with League-winning Steamers, had a good tussle with Kiwi Ali Forsyth in the Pirates’ first win.
Illawarra Gorillas had success early with a tie-break clincher over New Zealand Blackjacks in the first round.
The Gorillas recovered from a disastrous start in which they trailed 8-0 before Henry proved decisive coming off the substitutes bench. With world champion of champions Aaron Teys finding his touch, the Gorillas beat the New Zealanders 2-9, 9-1, 3-0.
With Kay Moran chipping in, they then disposed of Melbourne Roys and Perth Suns.
Defending titleholders Sydney Lions looked in good shape, despite missing Ben Twist, with an opening win against Brisbane.
They went through the day session without dropping a set.
Play this morning features the Pirates clashing with the Gorillas and the Hawks taking on the Blackjacks.
Comm Games headaches
THE national selectors have issues to ponder in naming the Jackaroos players for next year’s Commonwealth Games following Australia’s loss of the Trans-Tasman Trophy.
New Zealand won a thrilling series at Broadbeach and took overall honours for the first time since 2011.
Bragging rights still went to Australia’s men’s team, while the women lost their series 2-1.
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