Former New Zealand international Rowan Brassey combined with New South Wales’ stalwart Sam Laguzza to claim back to back titles in the coveted Australian Open Over-60 men’s pairs, becoming the first pairing to achieve such a feat in that discipline.
In a performance that provided plenty of comparison from the Brassey of yesteryear, the Maitland City marquee player demonstrated class is permanent as he guided Laguzza expertly, racing out to an unassailable lead with two ends left to play and making little error in defending their title opposite Peter Armstrong and Garry Williams, 20-8.
Speaking after the win, Brassey said he was “completely thrilled”.
“It’s always nice to go back to back and always nice to do it with somebody that you really appreciate.”
Meanwhile, the scintillating finals’ run from former Hornby Domain player Gus Templeton came to an abrupt end in the men’s singles final on Friday afternoon – with Australian Jackaroo Aron Sherriff putting on a clinical display to claim his second title in as many days.
Sherriff, who on Thursday claimed the men’s pairs with fellow Australian squad member Ray Pearse, was in commanding form as he romped to the required 21 shots in quick fashion, leaving Templeton with a consolation six shots.
Despite the loss, Templeton, who now plays out of the Musgrave Hill club on the Gold Coast, can be thrilled with his efforts, sweeping aside some of the game’s big name stars, before falling to arguably one of the world’s greatest singles exponents.
In winning the singles, Sherriff became the first person to win three Australian Open singles crowns, earning Player of the Tournament and pocketing a total of $17,500 for his efforts across the fortnight event.
Other results saw Australia’s Natasha Scott defeat Tiffany Brodie to take out the women’s singles, while Genevieve Delves and Dawn Hayman completed an epic comeback against Cabramatta’s Jessica Hogan and Carmen Anderson to claim the women’s pairs.
Rounding out the results, Lynsey Clarke, Anne Johns, Kelsey Cottrell and Rebecca Van Asch secured the women’s fours, while Bradley Lawson, Scott De Jongh, Jamie Anderson and Kurt Brown took out top spot in the men’s fours.