Aussies shine with Champion showing
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.