A day of massive wins and upsets
Day three of the Asia Pacific Championships commenced with a certain level of controversy with a massive win by Malaysia and an upset for the Kiwis.
In the women’s pairs, the New Zealand powerhouse team of Smith and Edwards went down to Norfolk Island 14-19.
The Black Jacks remained scoreless until end 5 when they picked up1, then only managed another 9 over the next 12 ends taking the score to 10-19 – although slight redemption was achieved with a 4 on end18.
Norfolk Island, team manager Ann Snell – ironically a New Zealander by birth, was understandably thrilled.
“It was a wonderful win and I was very proud of our girls who combined well together,” Snell said.
“Our skip Carman Anderson really had the Kiwis flummoxed.”
With only around 60 regular bowls players (about 12 are women) on the entire island, the champagne corks will be popping on Norfolk Island tonight!
Whilst also on women’s pairs, Malaysia proved way too strong for Japan with a massive 40-5 win, however the men’s fours this morning gave Japan a reason to smile with a 20-16 win over Fiji.
The game of the day was the men’s singles in the morning session between Malaysia and New Zealand with Malaysia taking it out 21-16.
New Zealand were up 10-7 after the eleventh end but 10 shots over the next four ends put Malaysia firmly back in the game.
The host nation had a massive day with 8 for 8 and all teams bar the men’s singles remain undefeated. (Wilkie lost to Fiji’s Lal in round 1. Lal remains undefeated.)
Australia started the day with the men’s fours beating Singapore 15-20, the women’s triples defeated USA 28-11, Wilkie beat Portacio of Philippines 21-5 in the men’s singles and the women’s pairs trounced Fiji 33-8.
National coach Steve Glasson was elated with the win over Fiji,.
“It was a scintillating start to the day by our girls who played will and took advantage of every opportunity given which set them up nicely for victory,” Glasson said.
The afternoon sessions on this gloriously sunny day in Adelaide will be talked about as the round of annihilations with Brunei going down 27-3 to Australia in the women’s triples and Canada taking Hong Kong out with a score of 22-6.
The men’s singles also saw some wipeouts with New Zealand beating Macau 21-6 and Malaysia beat Singapore with the same score – 21-6
The upset of the afternoon session saw the Malaysian women’s triples going down to Fiji 12-9.
Malaysia were up 6-0 after four ends but then failed to score again till a 1 in end ten and then managed only another 2 for the remaining eight ends.
Play will continue tomorrow at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay Bowling Clubs from 9:00 am.
Click here for full results from the 2011 Asia Pacific Championships.
Caption: Australia's Kelsey Cottrell and Rebecaa Quail remain undefeated in the women's triples.