Aussies shine with Champion show­ing

Mercury (Hobart) - - BASKETBALL, LAWN BOWLS - ROB McGUIRE

AUS­TRALIA has two new world cham­pi­ons af­ter a thrilling fi­nal day at the World Sin­gles Champion of Cham­pi­ons in Ade­laide on Sun­day.

Former Rosny Park player and now at Bendigo East in Vic­to­ria, Lee Schraner had a last-end win in a tiebreaker.

Vic­to­ria’s Kylie White­head took on New Zealand’s Deb­bie White in the first fi­nal of the day. White took the early ad­van­tage, clos­ing out a first set strongly to edge ahead 11-7. White­head’s strug­gles con­tin­ued early into the sec­ond set, trail­ing 7-1 af­ter five ends, but she man­aged to edge her way in front 9-8 to force a tiebreak.

With scores tied at 1-1 go­ing into the fi­nal end, White­head man­aged to sit her bowl just cen­time­tres from the jack and win the world cham­pi­onship.

Schraner played Hong Kong’s Tony Che­ung in the men’s fi­nal. Che­ung won six of the nine ends in the first set, but Schraner lim­ited him to sin­gle scores as the Aus­tralian pinched a 7-6 first-set win. Che­ung took the as­cen­dancy to win the sec­ond set 9-6 and force an­other tiebreaker.

Like the women’s game it came down to the fi­nal end with scores level at 1-1. Schraner suc­cess­fully drove the jack into the ditch and man­aged to put a block in front of it to claim the world cham­pi­onship.

TASMANIAN women shone at Bowls Aus­tralia’s 2019 Hall of Fame and awards night last Thurs­day on the Gold Coast.

In­ver­may’s Re­becca Van Asch was named In­ter­na­tional Fe­male Bowler of the Year af­ter lead­ing Aus­tralia’s gold medal­win­ning women’s pairs at the Asia Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships. Buck­ing­ham’s Jorja Maughan was run­ner-up in the Un­der-18 Fe­male Bowler of the Year.

THE Bowls Tas­ma­nia South Women’s Fours Cham­pi­onships started at Buck­ing­ham last Fri­day. In the quar­ter-fi­nals, Jeanette Lane de­feated Janet Ruther­ford 12-8, Ma­ree Mor­gan beat Rosie Geeves 14-8, Lyn Trif­fitt beat Chris Dowl 19-9 and Carol Ban­nis­ter beat Gay­lene Ridge­way 17-9. Semi-fi­nals and grand fi­nals are at Buck­ing­ham tomorrow.

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