On their way to Merimbula!
The 2018 State Championships finished in style with quality games in both the men’s and women’s finals. (Pictured left: Newly crowned Women’s State Triples title holders Chloe Stewart, Claire Turley & Jessica Srisamruaybai.)
It was a big win for the Tweed Heads threesome of Jessica Srisamruaybai, Claire Turley and skip Chloe Stewart in the final of the 2018 State Championships Triples Competition which wrapped up two challenging days of triples action (May, 17-18).
The victors were unrelenting in their pursuit of their rightly deserved state title with the girls chalking up a 22-5 win over just 14 ends of play against Jeanette Ward, Christine Scott and Terese McAlary who had scraped through in the quarter final and semi final with a one shot margin win in both hard fought games.
“It was awesome to win with a team all from the one club, as we are all mates and it was made better by the fact it was Jess’s first win of a state title,” skip Chloe Stewart said.
“We just took each game one at a time and it’s always hard when you’re up against the top players in the state, we were just lucky enough to play well in each game and we had a few tough battles but we were able to get over the line and the end result was first prize.”
In the men’s competition the win margin was significantly smaller for Alan Howard, Peter Balderson & Mitchell Mears who beat Greg Brown, Clinton Bailey, Scott Chamberlain 24-16, Mears’s rink took an early lead but was soon chased down by Chamberlain who held a brief 8-9 lead on the eight end.
Over the next 16 ends of the competition Mears’s team fought back and picked up four shots on the 11th end and three more over the next three ends to open up an eight shot margin and sit on 17-9, although Chamberlain’s boys claimed the next few ends they could not close the gap.
The 23rd end sealed Chamberlain’s fate as Mears’s team picked up three and picked another shot on the proceeding end to secure a clean 24-16 win and etch their name into the record book as the winners of the 2018 State Triples title.
“I feel over the moon with result,” skip Mears said.
“It’s always a hurdle playing in the final but I’m happy with the result, it’s a massive milestone for me and it was great to play alongside Pete and Alan too.”
To see the full results and draw of the triples competition please head to the Bowls Queensland website available here.