Queenslander’s giant killing run comes to an end

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Jason Carpenter’s fantastic World Indoor bowls run with Steve Halmai unfortunately comes to an end.

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The Sunshine State’s Jason Carpenter fantastic showing with Steve Halmai at the World Indoor Championship came undone against the Irish/Welsh combination of Jonathon Ross and Robert Weale, 3-8, 7-4, 2-1.
 
At Potter’s Resort in the U.K., the Aussie duo overcame Ken Chan/Robin Chok (HK) 7-5, 7-6, Kevin Jones/Laura Hudson (Can) 5-4, 9-3 and drew with Americans Neil Furman/Bill Briault, 13-4, 4-6, in Preliminary Group 1. This set up a clash with Stuart Bennet and Mark McPeak from Ireland in the overseas playoff final.
 
Halmai (Condong) and Carpenter were up 3-2 by the end of the first set, and continued their fine play, steaming into an 11-4 lead. But the Irish boys were determined, and after a couple of tense final ends Halmai and Carpenter eventually took the first set, 11-6.
 
Roaring into a 6-3 lead in the second set helped the Australians to a 9-3 victory, and a place in the World Pairs Championships.
 
On Saturday, after taking the first set 3-8, Halmai and Carpenter looked set to continue their winning exploits. But, the experience of Ross and Weale was too strong and they pegged the Australians back, 7-4. It was Irishman Ross who dealt the killer blow, a dramatic match winner on the deciding end in this best of three tie break.
 
Australian interest continues as Karen Murphy plays in the Women’s matchplay singles on 18th January and a day earlier in the mixed pairs with Scotsman Darren Burnett.