Men’s triple cap Multi Nations with trans-Tasman win

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Chris Le Lievre, Ali Forsyth & Andrew Kelly (from left to right) with their gold medals after beating Australia Green 16-12 in the final of the men’s triples.

The Blackjacks are taking home one gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the Multi Nations tournament on the Gold Coast.

The new-look New Zealand men’s triple of Ali Forsyth (skip), Andrew Kelly and Chris Le Lievre provided the highlight, capping an unbeaten run with an enthralling 16-12 win over Australia Green’s combination of Aaron Teys (skip), Corey Wedlock and Barrie Lester in their final at the Broadbeach Bowls Club.

“Really satisfying to put a decent performance in there and cherry on top it’s Australia,” Forsyth said.

“The bounce back for Chris and I after a disappointing couple of days in the fours was pretty pleasing and…to stay unbeaten is a great result.”

Le Lievre was consistent off the front in his first week as a Blackjack, while Kelly shone in the middle of the New Zealand triple.

“I think we all complement one another. If Chris isn’t there, I’m there, if I’m not there, Ali comes up for us so I think we work really well altogether,” Kelly said.

“When we do click we are a pretty hard machine to stop.”

Jo Edwards (skip) and Tayla Bruce came agonisingly close to securing the Blackjacks a second gold in the women’s pairs.

Australia Green needed an extra end to beat New Zealand in the final, after the scores had finished level at 12-all after regulation.

In the end the script was written for opposition skip Karen Murphy, who won the match with a drive in what was the final trans-Tasman meeting of her decorated career.

Gary Lawson (skip) and Jamie Hill also had to settle for silver in the men’s pairs, going down 17-12 to Canada in the final.

Lawson and Hill then finished sixth in the men’s fours with Le Lievre and injury replacement Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, going down 20-6 to Ireland in the classification match.

The New Zealand women’s triple and four both claimed bronze medals to finish their week’s on a high.

Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith, Selina Goddard and Tayla Bruce first combined to beat Wales 14-4 for third place in the women’s fours.

Inch (skip), Smith and Goddard then returned to the green to beat South Africa 16-11 in the women’s four’s bronze medal match.

Edwards earlier lost 21-14 to Kristina Krstic (Australia Yellow) in the women’s singles bronze medal match, while finished sixth in the men’s singles after losing 21-20 to Brendan Aquilana (Malta) in his men’s singles playoff.

The Blackjacks will be back in action in all eight disciplines tomorrow (Monday, November 25) in the first Trans Tasman test at Club Helensvale.

Day seven results:

Women’s singles – Jo Edwards lost 14-21 to Kristina Krstic (Australia Yellow) in the bronze medal match.

Men’s singles – Andrew Kelly lost 20-21 to Brendan Aquilana (Malta) in the fifth/sixth playoff.

Women’s pairs – Jo Edwards (skip) & Tayla Bruce lost 12-13 (after extra end) to Australia Green in the gold medal match.

Men’s pairs – Gary Lawson (skip) & Jamie Hill lost 12-17 to Canada in the gold medal match.

Women’s triples –Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith & Selina Goddard beat South Africa 16-11 in the bronze medal match.

Men’s triples – Ali Forsyth (skip), Andrew Kelly & Chris Le Lievre beat Australia Green 16-12 in the gold medal match.

Women’s fours – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith, Selina Goddard & Tayla Bruce beat Wales 14-4 in the bronze medal match.

Men’s fours – Gary Lawson (skip), Ali Forsyth, Jamie Hill & Chris Le Lievre lost 6-20 to Ireland in the fifth/sixth playoff.