Henry goes ape as Go­ril­las dom­i­nate

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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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