Off to a flying start
Aussie ‘Stars’ open well at Blind Bowls World’s After two days at World Blind Bowls titles at Worthing in England, Australia was in second place on 26 points, behind South Africa on 31 points.
The Australian team of eight will play singles and pairs matches within four categories, a male and a female in each, from B1 totally blind to B4 ‘tunnel vision’.
“The days of magnificent sunshine are surpassed only by the stunning performances of the “Aussie Stars”,” proud Australian blind bowls coach Graeme Clements said of his team.
“The stunning yellow uniforms stand out on the greens and outshine other teams.”
The Australian’s opening matches were on Day 2, when they were successful in all five of their morning games, with a mixed bag of wins and losses in the afternoon session.
Ralph Simpson started the day with a crushing win against Canada.
Tony Scott, Christine Henry and Joy Forster then followed with success against Scotland, Wales and England respectively.
Finally pairs team Maree Fenech and Wayne Thomson powered home against England.
World Blind Bowls titles. Day 2 Morning Results
M Fenech and W Thomson won 14/4
R Simpson won 21/2
J Forster won 21/10
T Scott won 21/6
C Henry won 21/6
“After a great start, the afternoon proved to be more of a struggle,” coach Clements said.
There were two singles victories, Tony Scott B.3 and Wayne Thomson B.1.
David Goddard and Maree Fenech struggled with the conditions and both went down in their matches.
Joy Forster and Ralph Simpson had a titanic struggle in their B.2 pairs before losing by 3 shots over 14 ends.
World Blind Bowls titles. Day 2 Afternoon Results
M Fenech lost 0/21
W Thomson won 21/4
J Forster and R Simpson lost 9/12
T Scott won 21/12
D Goddard lost 10/21
After two days of play, South Africa was in the lead overall on 31 points followed by Australia on 26, Malaysia 20, Israel 19, England 18, New Zealand and Scotland both on 12, Canada on 6 with Northern Ireland and Wales both yet to open their accounts.
“We look forward to more big games days and we hope to peg back the South Africans,” Clements said.
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