Australia has signalled its intentions in the final round of sectional play at the Asia Pacific Championships with powerhouse performances across the board.
Three of the four Australian disciplines now progress through to the semi-finals and are guaranteed bronze medals at a minimum, having remained undefeated to top their sections.
In the men’s fours, the Australian combination of Mark Berghofer, Mark Casey, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff put the finishing touches on a brilliant campaign, recording their sixth straight win against the New Zealand line-up of Tony Grantham, Dan Delany, Ali Forsyth and Richard Girvan 28-5 to progress straight through to the semi-final, with Malaysia advancing to the other semi-final courtesy of a 22-14 win against Canada.
In the post sectional play off matches; New Zealand will take on USA, with the winner playing Malaysia in the semi-final, while the Philippines will encounter Canada, with the triumphant team playing Australia in the other semi.
In the men’s singles, Brett Wilkie did his best to keep his chance of a top spot finish alive with a 21-17 win against the USA’s Steve Nelson, but the result of Fiji’s Ratish Lal and China’s Terence Lee didn’t fall his way, with Lal recording a 21-16 win over Lee to finish one match clear of Wilkie.
Wilkie will now face Shaun Scott from New Zealand in the quarter-final, with the winner to encounter Lal, while Hong Kong's Danny Ho will lock horns with Lee, with the winner to play Malaysia’s Safuan Said, who progressed to section one’s semi-final.
In the women’s triples, Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage recorded their fifth straight win, defeating Norfolk Island’s Trudy Davis, Kate Smith and Annie Pledger by the slimmest of margins 11-10 to top their section, with New Zealand progressing to the opposite semi-final with a 25-8 over Fiji.
Singapore will play Brunei in the post-sectional round, with the winner to face Australia, while the Philippines will encounter Norfolk Island, with the victor to battle New Zealand.
In the women’s pairs, Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy triumphed over Brunei 28-6 to finish on top of their pool with five straight wins, with the Philippines also remaining undefeated to advance to the other semi-final.
In the women's pairs post sectional matches, Hong Kong will play Malaysia, with the winner pitted against the Philippines, and in the other match New Zealand will come up against Norfolk Island, with the victor facing Australia.
Quarter-finals will take place at Lockleys Bowling Club from 9am on Thursday, December 8, with semi-finals commencing from 1pm.
Men’s pairs and triples, and women’s singles and fours will be staged at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay from 9am tomorrow.
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Asia Pacific Championships results:
Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy (AUS) bt A. Salleh and H. Muntol (BRU) 28-6
Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage (AUS) bt Trudy Davis, Kate Smith and Annie Pledger (NFI) 11-10
Brett Wilkie (AUS) bt Steve Nelson (USA) 21-17
Mark Berghofer, Mark Casey, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff (AUS) bt Tony Grantham, Dan Delany, Ali Forsyth and Richard Girvan (NZL) 28-5
Caption: The Australian contingent has produced some powerhouse performances to storm the sectional play at the Asia Pacific Championships in Adelaide.