State Championships – Women’s & Men’s Triples Champions Crowned
By Vanessa Bacon-Hall
After two days of competitive play the 2023 Queensland State Championship Triples winners have been decided with both the men’s and women’s Gold Medallists taking out the top spot for the first time.
The women’s Gold Medal game was close and after 25 ends the scores were even at 25/25. An extra end was played with the trio from Hamilton comprising Wendy Wilson, Gail Crompton and Lauren Schultz taking out the Gold 28/25.
Skip Wendy Wilson said it was a “cracker of a game which could have gone any way.”
“We were literally shot for shot all the way through… we had to play an extra end!”
Wendy said the game play was to just get through despite the conditions.
“The greens are beautiful, but that wind was onto us today, it was making it very tricky and very temperamental.”
The “good mates” on and off the green intend to come back next year and make it a back-to-back win, that’s after three of the four are joined by their fourth to play in the women’s fours over the next three days.
The men’s triple winners, ‘The Pelicans’ hailing from Musgrave Hill at Southport were surprised to make it to the final day of play and had only played as a triple on three separate occasions before.
The trio of Peter Brown, Dean Drummond and Roger Stevens said it was a case of having absolutely no expectations which seemed to do well for the trio on the final day of play.
“This was the first year that we had played in the triples,” Roger said.
“We just scraped through yesterday and we had really tough games and this final game was our biggest win.”
“We got better with every game,” Peter said.
The Pelicans took out the gold 24/11 against the Helensvale Hawks from the Gold Coast who comprised Isaac Maughan, Gary Gilligan and Jason Constable.
Bowls Queensland thank the major sponsors, Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Councillor Maria Suarez who was present for the presentations and Nic Fisher from Harcourts. A huge thanks to the Coolum Beach Bowls Club who have been great hosts throughout the championships and the other Sunshine Coast clubs who have hosted games.
The men’s and women’s fours commence tomorrow, and all the information and live streaming will be available at links below and via our Facebook page.
GOLD Medal Results
Men: Roger Stevens, Dean Drummond, Peter Brown 24 def Isaac Maughan, Gary Gilligan, Jason Constable 11
Women: Lauren Schultz, Gail Crompton, Wendy Wilson 28 def Pauline Laverty, Adele Pershouse, Maree Gibbs 25 (extra end)
BRONZE Medal Results
Men: Alan Law, Tomas Nathan, Abdul Latif Karim 34 def Joel Downey, Robert Hammond, Jake Rynne 25
Women: Kira Bourke, Claire Turley, Lynsey Clarke 21 def Jessica Parolin, Leigh Fortington, Maria Rigby 3
Semi Final Results
Isaac Maughan, Gary Gilligan, Jason Constable 25 def Alan Law, Tomas Nathan, Abdul Latif Karim 20
Roger Stevens, Dean Drummond, Peter Brown 27 def Joel Downey, Robert Hammond, Jake Rynne 19
Lauren Schultz, Gail Crompton, Wendy Wilson 28 def Jessica Parolin, Leigh Fortington, Maria Rigby 22
Pauline Laverty, Adele Pershouse, Maree Gibbs 23 def Kira Bourke, Claire Turley, Lynsey Clarke 21
Quarter Final Results
Jason Constable 25 def Nick Cahill 13
Abdul Latif Karim 30 def Cody Gerick 12
Jake Rynne 23 def Troy Somerville 21
Peter Brown 25 def Nic Gosley 18
Maria Rigby 25 def Bronwyn Stevens 18
Wendy Wilson 27 def Marylin Emerton 18
Maree Gibbs 23 def Sue Brady 18
Lynsey Clarke 27 def Brenda Thompson 16
Women’s and Men’s Fours commence tomorrow (13 May) at Coolum Beach (Women), Mooloolaba and Club Kawana (Men).
More info and full results: https://www.bowlsqld.org/events/state-championships/