Jackaroos lead the way at Trans Tasman
The Australian Jackaroos enjoyed a spectacular start to the Trans Tasman test series at Burnside, New Zealand this morning, but the green and gold contingent were left a little bruised and battered in the development event.
The open team clean swept the four disciplines on offer in the morning rubber, headlined by 19 year-old Victorian debutant Chloe Stewart recording a maiden victory at a senior international event.
Stewart and Anne Johns posted a 15-13 win in the women’s pairs, which was broadcast on SkyTV NZ and live streamed on bowlsaustralia.com.au, while their teammates Lynsey Clarke, Claire Turley and Kelsey Cottrell prevailed with an identical result.
In the men’s field, Brett Wilkie and Aron Sherriff produced the biggest margin of the morning, 23-10, and Wayne Ruediger, Mark Casey and Matthew Flapper recorded a similarly emphatic win 22-9.
Honours for the second round of the opening test were split between the two nations however, with the Blackjacks posting their first win of the event in the women’s singles, where former world number one Jo Edwards got the better of debutante Stewart 21-12, and Clayton-based Kiwi Ali Forsyth did similar to overcame Brett Wilkie 21-19.
Lynsey Clarke, Anne Johns, Claire Turley and Kelsey Cottrell’s 15-12 win in the fours ensured Australia retained the overall lead in the women’s event 3-1 (-2 shots), while Wayne Ruediger, Mark Casey, Matthew Flapper and Aron Sherriff’s 16-14 victory also gave the green and gold men a 3-1 lead (+ 26 shots).
In the development event, New Zealand hold a 4-0 lead (+25 shots) in the women’s event, courtesy of their 22-13 pairs and 17-16 triples wins to start proceeding, followed by their 21-14 singles and 17-9 fours victories in the second session.
The men’s development event is an arm-wrestle affair, with the results split 2-2 and Australia marginally ahead by 2 shots.
Australia’s wins were produced in the men’s triples, 19-12, followed by Dylan Fisher’s 21-10 victory in the singles this afternoon.
The third round will see the pairs and triples again feature to round out the first test, while tomorrow will include two sessions of singles and pairs.
Click here to watch Lynsey Clarke, Anne Johns, Claire Turley and Kelsey Cottrell live streamed in the third round of the first test.
Click here to view the full results.