Thomas Mitchell Dominates TheTaylor Bowls Men’s State Singles
Completed Monday 26th January 2015 Thomas Mitchell (Victoria Park Carlisle) dominated Australia Day at Manning today and claimed his first WA Taylor Bowls Men’s State Singles as his prize.
The morning Semi Finals shaped as two intriguing contests, with a combined age of 92, the four players still in contention for the title look to have many years ahead of them competing at the final day of Western Australian State Championships. Thomas Mitchell (27) started his Semi Final in control and raced to a 7-2 lead over 18 year old David Downey( Manning) in the first six ends. Not to be deterred, Downey fought back with a full count of four, a two and a single to jump to the lead and looked to be going strong. However this only stung Mitchell into action as he reeled off the next ten ends to put the contest beyond doubt at 24-9. A single to Downey only delayed the inevitable and Mitchell got the single required to put himself into the championship game.
The other Semi Final saw Bassendean teammates, Daniel Paterson and Blake Nairn take to the rink and put on a contest worthy of a WA State Singles final. First it was Nairn, full of confidence after recently winning the WA State Pairs, take a strangle hold of the game and move to a 13-3 lead. Patterson struggling to find his weight, made the switch to the wider hand and got immediately results to grab s three and then a two to move within five shots of Nairn. When Nairn then grabbed his own triple to move to 16-8, Nairn seemed to have weathered a mini storm and compose himself once again. A Single to Patterson again got him going and it was followed in quick succession by a three, two and a further single to move to 15-16. Again Nairn showed composure by winning the next two ends and moving into the 20’s, but it was still Patterson playing the shots to get the scores and after another four ends, Patterson grabbed the lead and looked headed for the win. A single followed by a two put Patterson and Nairn level at 23 all with both players putting forward enough quality bowls to get the win. A single to Patterson put him within touching of the final, but Nairn killed the next three ends to deny a quick finish. A back toucher on what was to be the last end again put Patterson in the drivers seat but a perfectly weighted last bowl gave Nairn every chance to grab the two shots he needed to claim the win. With the crowd on the edge of their seats, Nairn watched his last bowl sit on both the jack and the Patterson bowl only to see the jack continue to follow the opposition bowl as it turned out of the head, when the dust settled he was still one down and his tournament was over.
The final between Mitchell and Patterson started out sedately as both players found their line and length. The first end went to Mitchell and the second end to Patterson. No one was prepared for the onslaught that was to follow for the next 45 minutes. Mitchell won the next three ends to lead 5-1 and Patterson was playing well to hold the scoring to ones and even grabbed a second shot for himself to be behind 2-5. It was then that the crowd began to witness a change in the game with Mitchell becoming relentless in his peppering of the jack. Over the next seven ends, Mitchell scored three fours, two threes and two singles as he charged towards the finish line. Patterson was powerless to stop a Thomas Mitchell at his absolute best and when the game was over all Patterson could do was shake the Mitchell hand and say too good.
Final Knockout Results
END OFKNOCKOUT DAY 3 SUMMARY
At the end of today’s play in the Bowls WA Taylor Bowls Men’s State Singles at the Manning Bowling Club, four players remain in contention to be the 2014-15 Champion.
Thomas Mitchell (Victoria Park Carlisle) who is the current Rosenthal Medallist, will begin the Semi Finals as the oldest player remaining at the age of 27. Mitchell has won the WA Champion of Champion Club Singles twice in the last four years but will be shooting for his first WA State Singles title.
Second eldest at the age of 25 in this years Semi Finals is Daniel Patterson (Bassendean). Patterson has also tasted success in the WA Champion of Champion Club Singles but like Mitchell will be aiming for his first State Singles title.
Recent form will see our 3rd eldest Semi Finallist, Blake Nairn (Bassendean) go into the final day full of confidence. Nairn who is 22 years of age, recently won his first WA State Pairs title and will be hoping to add another state title to his resume.
The baby of the Semi Finals but only nine years younger than Mitchell, will be David Downey at 18 years of age. Downey has had a terrific tournament and will be looking a join a select number of players who have won a Under 18 State Singles title and a senior WA State Singles title.
Both the Men’s and Women’s Semi Finals will begin at 8.45am at the Manning Bowling Club on Monday 26th January 2015. The final will begin shortly after the last Semi Final finishes
Day 3 Knockout Results
All Knockout Results
Full Sectional Results
Knockout Schedule of Play
Taylor Bowls Men’s State Singles Draw
Bowls WA Taylor Bowls Men’s State Singles
Date: Sunday 18th, 24th, 25th, 26th January 2015
Day 1: Sunday 18th January Sectional Play only
Report: 9am for 9.30am start
Venues: Bassendean 1-12, Morley 37-48, Victoria Park Carlisle 13-24, Manning 49-60, Wanneroo 25-36, Osborne Park 61-75
Day 2: Saturday 24th January 2015 – Venue: Osborne Park BC
Day 3: Sunday 25th January 2015 – Venue: Manning BC
Semi Final and Final: Monday 26th January 2015 – Venue: Manning BC