Can't win them all
Australia has stormed into the final of a further three disciplines at the Asia Pacific Championships and will now play off in seven gold medal matches over the next two days.
In a stellar performance on the international stage, the green and gold line-up booked a berth in seven out of eight final games with comprehensive wins in all but one of the four disciplines played this afternoon, confirming the colour of their first medal of the tournament as bronze.
In the women’s triples, Australia’s Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage prevailed over Singapore’s Leng Li Li, Shermeen Lim and Mary Lim to enter the championships decider.
The trio were tied 7 a piece on the eighth end before they put their foot to the floor, claiming six of the next seven ends to power to a 16-8 victory.
They will now face the Philippines’ Joy Tordoff, Asuncion Bruce and Milagros Witheridge, who triumphed over powerhouse nation New Zealand 12-10 after trailing 1-8 on the seventh end.
In the men’s pairs, world number two Brett Wilkie and his Helensvale teammate Mark Casey both qualified for their second final match in as many days with a comfortable victory against Fiji’s Abdul Kalim and Ratish Lal 23-12 and will now face New Zealand’s Dan Delany and Richard Girvan, who advanced in a tightly contested battle against Canada 15-13 after scores were tied 12-12 with three ends remaining.
Mark Berghofer, Nathan Rice and world number five Aron Sherriff enjoyed a convicing win against the United States of America 16-6 to cement their position, with all three players maintaining their unbeaten record throughout the tournament in both the triples and fours disciplines.
They will now lock horns with Fiji’s Daniel Lum On, Samuela Tuikiligana and Semesa Naiseruvati who bowled over New Zealand 15-9 in an awe-inspiring victory, turning a 3-9 deficit into a six shot margin by winning the remaining eight ends.
In the only final match to not feature an Australian team, the women’s pairs will be contested by the Philippines’s Ainie Knight and Rosita Bradborn, who triumphed over Malaysia 24-22, and New Zealand’s Val Smith and Jo Edwards, who were victorious over Australia’s Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy.
Asia Pacific Championships results:
Brett Wilkie and Mark Casey (AUS) bt Abdul Kalim and Ratish Lal (FIJ) 23-12
Dan Delany and Richard Girvan (NZL) bt Tim Mason and Ryan Bester (CAN) 15-13
Mark Berghofer, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff (AUS) bt Joe Regan, Loren Dion and Michel Siddall (USA) 16-6
Daniel Lum On Samuela Tuikiligana and Semesa Naiseruvati (Fij) bt Tony Grentham, Shaun Scott and Ali Forsyth (NZL) 15-9
Ainie Knight and Rosita Bradborn (PHI) bt Emma Firyanna Binti Saroji and Siti Zalina Binti Ahad (MAS) 24-22
Val Smith and Jo Edwards (NZL) bt Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy (AUS) 21-9
Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage (AUS) bt Leng Li Li, Shermeen Lim and Mary Lim (SIN) 16-8
Joy Tordoff, Asuncion Bruce and Milagros(PHI) bt Leanna Curry, Genevieve Baildon and Jan Khan (NZL) 12-10
Caption: Nathan Rice (front) and Mark Berghofer (back) are through to the final of the men's fours and triples.