Scintillating End to State Singles
Queen of the green
A third State Singles title for Australian representative Chloe Stewart, but a first here in Queensland after another quality performance during the 2019 Queensland State Championships.
Tweed Heads’ star female player had already won the State Triples and was searching for a second title, whilst also looking to join an illustrious list of Queenslanders who had won two or more State titles in a calendar year.
Stewart featured on that list last year when she won the Mixed Pairs, Women’s Triples and Women’s Singles on the Sunshine Coast.
Her opponent in today’s final at Club Helensvale, Cleveland’s Karen Goldsworthy, had already tasted success this year in the Fours; however the former Bundaberg local couldn’t help but notice what Stewart had done to her prodigy, Bolivia Millerick in the semi-final.
Chloe Stewart had sent out a warning shot to her fellow finalist that she was hungry for this title, defeating last year’s champion and fellow Australian Squad member Bolivia Millerick 25-10.
Goldsworthy never went down without a fight; she kept the scores within striking distance but you could sense that it was only a matter of time before Chloe Stewart made her move.
Stewarts decision to move the mat around and play different lengths paid off and she went on to win the match 25-16.
A delighted Stewart said after the game that it’s always a good feeling winning any State Title but winning the singles is pretty cool.
“I had put singles on the back burner a little since playing singles for Australia a few years back, it relieved the pressure; I just want to be out there playing at the highest level in any role,” she said.
Stewart now looks forward to the Australian Open where she will be a hot favourite to keep those Aussie titles here in Queensland.
Chloe Stewart’s road to the final
Chloe Stewart 21 defeated Adele Pershouse 16
Chloe Stewart defeated Bolivia Millerick 25-10
Karen Goldsworthy’s road to the final
Karen Goldsworthy 21 defeated Emma Spicer 15
Karen Goldsworthy 25 defeated Heather Hodgson 15
There will be a more comprehensive wrap-up in the next Bowler magazine, but in the meantime, you can view the women’s singles final on the Bowls QLD Facebook page.
For detailed scores of each round see the results page by clicking here: https://bowlsqld.org/Events/State-Events/State-Championships#Draw-Results-333