Kiwi chances of 2019 Australian Open success have somewhat lessened as the competition progresses deep into the business end, with many of the game’s biggest names falling by the wayside and others looking to make their mark.
Leading the charge for New Zealand is former Hornby Domain member Gus Templeton, who has earned the right to a semi-finals berth following some impressive form in the Gold Coast.
Templeton, who now plays out of Musgrave Hill, will take on former Australian representative Carl Healey in his semi-final showdown, while the other semi-final fixture will see Jackaroo team mates Aron Sherriff and Aaron Teys go head-to-head.
Another chance will rest with New Zealand bowls’ legend Rowan Brassey, who has once again teamed up with New South Wales’s Sam Laguzza in the Over 60 Men’s Pairs, playing their way into a second successive final in as many attempts.
Brassey and Laguzza are reigning champions and will now take on fellow New South Wales’ pairing Garry Williams and Peter Armstrong on Friday morning (8am AEST).
Meanwhile, former New Zealand representative and current selector Philip Skoglund, Eastbourne Eagles teammate Mike Carroll and Broadbeach internationals Ryan Bester and Kevin Anderson fell at the last eight in the men’s fours, with Anderson’s fellow Scottish squad member Ryan Burnett and his side taking the win, 16-14.
Similarly, New Zealand Blackjack Katelyn Inch, who was teamed up with the vast experience of Kay Moran, Julie Keegan and Karen Murphy, also bowed out of the title contest in the women’s fours, falling at the hands of Murphy’s fellow Jackaroo Lynsey Clarke in a one-way traffic semi-final, 16-4.
Elsewhere, the promising New Zealand development combination of Keanu Darby and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley defeated Queensland duo Ian and Gary Law in a solitary point win to secure a spot in the last eight of the men’s pairs, however Queensland’s Matthew Lucas and lead Wayne Hutson proved too good in the quarter-final, advancing 18-16 and dashing a career winning highlight for the talented youngsters.
Lucas and Hutson also put a stop to a title run from former Wellington teen Seamus Curtin, who combined with Zane Mikin-Laurie, Peter Hall and Nic Gosley, to secure a quarter-finals berth in the men’s fours.
However, Lucas, who has shown consistent form throughout the week, ran out victors, 19-16.
In other results, New Zealand high performance squad representative Lisa Prideaux combined with Helensvale’s Georgia White and Central Otago/Southland composite Christine Buchanan and Lynda Milne both missed on a semi-finals placing in the women’s pairs, dropping their quarter-final fixtures and ending a strong title chase among some top combinations.
Templeton will be in action on Thursday morning at Broadbeach (June 13, 9am AEST).