The Courier-Mail

Top-ranked woman on a mission

- RENARD PETERS

AUSTRALIA’S No.1-ranked player, Natasha Scott, has a chance to snare another major tournament in next week’s national Champion of Champion singles at Coolum Beach.

Scott, from Raymond Terrace in NSW, will be favourite against competitor­s from each state and territory.

The 25-year-old finished last year as the highest-ranked female player, winning the Golden Nugget and South Tweed Prestige Singles, and has held that mantle through to the new rankings season.

In the men’s rankings, indoor champion Jeremy Henry heads the field, with four Queensland-based players following in the top six.

Last year’s rankings winners will be recognised at Bowls Australia’s Hall of Fame and Awards night at Mantra Legends Hotel in Surfers Paradise on October 29.

Adelaide’s Scott Thulborn is striving for successive champion of champion titles in the men’s event.

THE fancied teams made good early progress in the $60,000 National Club 5 a Side tournament at Helensvale.

Warilla closed day one on top, a point ahead of defending champions Helensvale.

Qualifying will continue today, with the semi-finals and grand finals played tomorrow.

WYNNUM Manly Leagues are set to bow out in a blaze of glory after advancing directly to the Gateway District men’s pennants final on Sunday.

The Seagulls, playing their last pennants, won their preliminar­y final last weekend against Belmont Services, who will play Wellington Point for a spot in the decider. South Tweed’s hopes of defending their state title were stymied by Broadbeach who won the Gold Coast Tweed first division pennants final 52-51.

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