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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