More WA success on the Gold Coast

by Clive Adams on June 13, 2023

Another fantastic day of play has concluded on the Gold Coast as the Australian Open marches through its massive first week.

A great day for watching today with WA featuring on two of the Live streamed matches, however Rink 22 at Broadbeach was not a happy hunting ground for both our WA linked teams, with both unfortunately bowing out.

Two WA linked combinations are through from today’s Women’s Pairs competition however with Kerry Reagan and Sally Wilke progressing despite drawing one of their matches, and in similar circumstances, tournament favourites Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan also recorded a draw in their first match, before two double figure wins saw them safely into the knockout rounds.

There are still 17 second chance qualifiers to be named in the Women’s pairs so a couple of combinations may still have the chance of moving through. 

LATE UPDATE: Catherine Chappelle and Cathie Smith have progressed through as section chance qualifiers.

View the Women’s Pairs knockout draw here

The Men’s Pairs saw 8 WA linked teams through today’s first set of matches, with more sectional play to follow tomorrow.

Glenn Martin from Scarborough, partnering Queenslander Paul Manion, is safely through, as are the combination of Kardinya’s Matt Allen and Steve Novak – a big win in their last match seeing them through.

Doubleview’s Brad White and Ryan Moyle won all three of their matches in fine style, while some big margins were recorded by Mount Lawley pairing Paul Sinden and Cameron Green – a margin of 61 shots across their three games.

Not to be outdone, Blake Nairn (Cambridge) with Victorian young gun Jarryd Davies put 59 shots up themselves with three wins, while Manning’s Scott O’Brien and Blake Butler and Sorrento duo Matt Sharrett and Bruce Eagles also progressed.

Joondalup’s Sean Niven and Shane Rixom were the final WA pairing to guarantee themselves a place in the next round.

With just 2 second chance qualifier positions in the Men’s Pairs anyone not winning their section is unlikely to progress to the knockout rounds.

Men’s Pairs continues tomorrow…

Sections 99-126 feature in tomorrow’s Men’s Pairs sectional rounds with another ten WA combinations looking to make their way through to the knockout rounds. 

Some of our successful singles competitors are in pairs action tomorrow with Peter Cole and Brad Ball combining for Pinjarra – they meet ACT gun James Reynolds and Flynn O’Shaughnessy in their section.  Ron Nelson, another safely through in the singles, combines with Perth Tatts teammate Paul Smith, as they meet South Australia’s Josh Studham and Stuart Forbes.

Jack East joins Wayne Bezant in perhaps the toughest section for WA players for the day.  Tasmania Tridents BPL star Taelyn Male features in the section, as well as dual Under-18’s Australian open champion Joey Clarke.  This should be a great section to keep an eye on.

Women’s Singles gets underway…

A field of nearly 450 women commence the Women’s Singles title race tomorrow, with plenty of WA interest.  Coolangatta and new host Beenleigh look to be two clubs holding most interest for the West with eight players featuring across those venues.

Manning star Kristina Krstic commences her run at the title at Coolangatta, alongside Leeming’s Tracey Clements and Lisa Smith from Perth Tatts.  At Beenleigh, we have Laura Butler and Sharon Lyster both from Manning, Northam’s Lynda Coxon, Leanne Marchi from Perth Tatts, and Wanneroo’s Karen Weir all doing battle.

Perhaps the most interesting section comes where three WA players have drawn each other.  The Australian Open is a completely open draw, so this is possible, and we have Irene Arndt (Safety Bay), Catherine Chappelle (Mosman Park) and Lily Leach (Sorrento) all drawn to play each other – the worse news is they have the very talented Vivian Yip from Hong Kong in that section too.

All up, another 22 players from WA looking to make their way through.

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