Blackjacks men’s four knows it has “got to be better”


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The New Zealand men’s four has made an untidy start to week two of the Asia Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast.

Ali Forsyth (skip), Gary Lawson, Jamie Hill and Mike Kernaghan have lost 16-14 to the Philippines in their opening match at Broadbeach Bowls Club, before thumping Samoa 44-4 and then downing Thailand 18-15.

Forsyth was unable to hide his disappointment in summing up the four’s day one performance.

“I think certainly my display this morning was pitiful,” he said.

“I let the other three boys down pretty badly and we nearly snuck away with a draw, but it’s left us with some work to do.

“Good margin game the second game, but it was a game we weren’t really challenged in.

“And the third game I think we probably let ourselves down. We got away with a win, but it wasn’t a very good one.”

Forsyth says they have “a lot of work to do”, with games against Canada and Malaysia still to come in section play and he has refused to blame the windy conditions for their showing.

“The wind was a little bit tricky, but not to the effect of what we were throwing up.

“I don’t think that’s any sort of excuse, we’ve got to be better than that.

“We need to take a bit more time and think about what we’re doing, and get a lot more bowls in play.

“We’ve got a lot of strong teams to play against that are a lot stronger than what we played today so we’ve got to get our act together and quickly.”

Men’s pairs gold medallist Shannon McIlroy was untroubled on day one of section play in the men’s singles at Club Helensvale.

The reigning world champion overcame Stanley Tafatu of Niue 21-8 in his opening game, before running away with a 21-2 win over Samoa’s Avala Savaiinaea.

McIlroy had a bye in the third round, meaning he’ll play three games each of the next two days.

Also at Helensvale, women’s singles champion Jo Edwards and women’s fours gold medallist Kirsten Edwards combined well on day one of the women’s pairs.

They edged India 16-15 in the third round of section play, after earlier accounting for Japan and Fiji in more comfortable fashion, 31-6 and 18-10 respectively.

And fellow women’s four gold medallists Val Smith, Katelyn Inch and Wendy Jensen have started the women’s triples in imperious fashion at Musgrave Hill Bowls Club.

The Smith skipped triple has run away with big wins over Japan (35-5) and Macau (34-8), either side of a commanding 20-7 win over China.

There are a further two days of section play in each discipline, before the quarter-finals and semis on Thursday and the gold medal matches on Friday.

New Zealand’s post-section games will be livestreamed on stuff.co.nz

Day six results:

Men’s singles – Shannon McIlroy beat Niue 21-8 & beat Samoa 21-2

Women’s pairs – Jo Edwards (skip) & Kirsten Edwards beat Japan 31-6, beat Fiji 18-10 & beat India 16-15

Women’s triples – Val Smith (skip), Katelyn Inch & Wendy Jensen beat Japan 35-5, beat China 20-7 & beat Macau 34-8

Men’s fours – Ali Forsyth (skip), Gary Lawson, Jamie Hill & Mike Kernaghan lost to the Philippines 14-16, beat Samoa 44-4 & beat Thailand 18-15