Reminiscent of the first morning of the Championships, Australia has claimed three wins from four matches in the second set of sectional play in Adelaide.
With the first four disciplines progressing past the minor rounds yesterday, Australia continued its dominance on the greens with a result that bore striking similarities to the initial day, in which Australia dropped one match in the first rubber before going on to remain unbeaten and advance directly to the semi-finals in three disciplines.
The men’s triples line-up of Mark Berghofer, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff, who celebrated his 100th international appearance, set the tone for the morning, taking only two hours to dispatch of China’s Kenny Ng, Ricky Wong and Ye Sui Ying 16-6.
The Sherriff skipped contingent established an early lead, scoring consecutively on the first seven ends to open up a 12-0 lead and put the game beyond doubt.
In the men’s pairs, world number two Brett Wilkie and club, state and national teammate Mark Casey enjoyed a convincing win over tournament heavyweights Muhammad Hizlee Abdul Rias and world number three Sufuan Said, from Malaysia.
The duo broke out of the gates, scoring 4 on the first two ends and 5 on the fourth end to open up a 9-2 lead, with conversions coming at every opportunity to see the pair triumph 26-12.
In the women’s singles, 21 year old Kelsey Cottrell got off to a solid start with an impressive victory over Japan’s Yoko Goda 21-13.
While in the women’s fours, Australia suffered a temporary setback with a narrow 13-16 loss to the Phillippines’s Joy Tordoff, Asuncion Bruce, Annie Knight and Milagros Witheridge and now face USA this afternoon looking to make amends.
Asia Pacific Championships results:
Kelsey Cottrell (AUS) bt Yoko Goda (JPN) 21-13
Joy Tordoff, Asuncion Bruce, Annie Knight and Milagros Witheridge (PHI) bt Natasha Van Eldik, Rebecca Quail, Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy (AUS) 16-13
Brett Wilkie and Mark Casey (AUS) bt Muhammad Hizlee Abdul Rias and Sufuan Said (MAS) 26-12
Mark Berghofer, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff bt Kenny Ng, Ricky Wong and Ye Sui Ying (CHN) 16-6
Caption: Brett Wilkie is off to a flying start in the men's pairs.