Krstic doubles at junior bowls title
Neale Grundy reports for the Gold Coast Bulletin West Australian Kristina Krstic put aside the disappointment of last year’s World Junior Championships by claiming a double at Broadbeach Bowls Club yesterday, as Neale Grundy reports for the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Krstic reversed last year’s loss in an all-Australian women’s singles final to Chloe Stewart by turning the tables for 21-16 win against the Melbourne bowler.
She also had the poise of NSW’s Ben Twist to thank for victory in the mixed pairs final.
The Kiwi pair of Sheldon Bagrie-Howley and Katelyn Inch held match before Twist drew the shot with his final bowl to deliver a thrilling 18-17 win.
Thirty-two competitors from 14 nations contested the championships for bowlers aged between 18 and 25.
This year’s tournament is the second of five events which Broadbeach has won the rights to host.
The third begins on April 9 next year Scotland’s Ryan Burnett beat Malaysia’s Izzat Dzulkeple 21-15 in the men’s singles final.
“Australia and Scotland are the two leading nations in bowls,” Broadbeach bowls director and two-time Canadian Commonwealth Games medallist Ryan Bester said.
“Obviously the Australian girls showed their dominance on home ground.”
he other members of the Australian team were Dylan Fisher, Kelly Richards and Renee McPharlin.
In a golden era for bowls in Queensland, the Gold Coast was named last week as the host city for the 2020 World Bowls Championships.
That event follows the Coast being the home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“The Gold Coast is going to be the centre of bowls in the world for the next five years,” Bester said.
The Australian Open is locked in on the Gold Coast for the next five years across a variety of clubs, Club Helensvale will host the World Champion of Champions in November this year and the greens at Broadbeach, Helensvale and Musgrave Hill will also play host to bowlers contesting the Asia Pacific Championships in 2019.