by jgrey on May 22, 2022

A fitting conclusion to the 2022 State Championships with two new singles champions emerging after three long days of play.

The weather tried to put a dampener on the event, but the players were just pleased to be out of the rain and post-sectional play was relocated to the Paradise Point Bowls Club.

71 games were played on Saturday between 8:15am and 10:30pm to get the men down to the last 16 and the women down to the semis; a monumental effort by the players, volunteers and live streaming staff after all grass greens on the Gold Coast were closed.

The Burleigh Heads Bowls Club will be rocking after their star players Dean WcWhinney and Gary Pearson contested a memorable State Singles Final.

McWhinney is always round the mark when the State Championships loom each year but 2022 will be one to remember, winning gold in front of family and friends after eight gruelling matches.

Dean McWhinney took out Aron Sherriff in the semi-final in a 25-24 thriller; whilst in a contrasting semi, Gary Pearson got out to a big lead and maintained it against an in-form Cohen Liftin.

It was hard to separate the Burleigh club mates in the early stages of the final; it was just going to take someone to string a couple of good ends in a row to break away on the scoreboard.

It was looking like Pearson was edging his way to gold, but McWhinney held his nerve and despite being down 21-23 he played two brilliant ends to score multiple twos and snatch victory back from his good mate.

The women’s singles final had taken place earlier in the day between a current Jackaroo and an emerging Jackaroo star.

Kelsey Cottrell and Jessie Cottell put on a masterclass in their final encounter, trading blow after blow with nothing separating the pair on the draw.

Victory could have gone either way with Cottrell and Cottell sharing the lead at various stages of the match.

A big conversion by Cottrell to take her to 22, followed by two ends of beating Cottell to the jack with their opening bowls gave Cottrell that slight edge needed to get her over the line.

In the playoff for bronze, it was Marilyn Emerton from Kawana Waters who clawed her way back against Vicki Cameron from North Ipswich.

Emerton adds her bronze to the gold she won in the pairs earlier in the week.

In the men’s playoff, Aron Sherriff defeated Cohen Liftin 25-16, also adding to his gold medal from the triples.

Women’s Results

Gold Medal Play Off

Kelsey Cottrell 25 def Jessie Cottell 21

Bronze Medal Play Off

Marilyn Emerton 25 def Vicki Cameron 20

Semi Finals

Jessie Cottell 25 def Marilyn Emerton 21

Kelsey Cottrell 25 def Vicki Cameron 14

Quarter Finals

Marilyn Emerton 21 def Vicki Day 12

Jessie Cottell 21 def Dee Anne Robertson 10

Vicki Cameron 21 def Bolivia Millerick 20

Kelsey Cottrell 21 def Gail Crompton 6

Men’s Results

Gold Medal Play Off

Dean McWhinney 25 def Gary Pearson 23

Bronze Medal Play Off

Aron Sherriff 25 def Cohen Litfin 16

Semi Finals

Dean McWhinney 25 def Aron Sherriff 24

Gary Pearson 25 def Cohen Litfin 14

Quarter Final

Aron Sherriff 21 def Michael Burgess 11

Dean McWhinney 21 def Luke Day 12

Cohen Litfin 21 def Ryan Burnett 19

Gary Pearson 21 def Ryan Digby 19 

Thank you to sponsors Henselite, Broadbeach Bowls Club and Major Events Gold Coast.

Thank you to Paradise Point Bowls Club for hosting due to inclement weather.

QLD State Singles Finals Day – Sponsored by Henselite

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