Former Hornby Domain bowler Gus Templeton has cut a path through his opposition to secure a semi-finals berth at the coveted 2019 Australian Open men’s singles.
It was previously reported that only former New Zealand representatives Shaun Scott and Nicole Toomey had made it through to the last 32 as Kiwi hopefuls, however Templeton, who now plays out of the Musgrave Hill Club, has shown impressive form and remains two wins away from a career winning highlight.
In the round of 32, both Scott and Toomey bowed out of the competition following losses to promising Australian prospect Dylan Skinner and Malaysian international Nor Ismail, 21-14 and 21-4 respectively, while Templeton advanced with a solitary point win opposite Malaysian representative Zulhimie Redzuan.
Templeton then went on to beat Essendon’s Jay Bye-Norris, before putting a stop to Skinner himself in a thrilling quarter-final fixture, 21-18.
The former Cantabrian will now go up against Cabramatta’s Carl Healey, while the other semi-final will see a battle of the Jackaroos as Helensvale’s Aron Sherriff takes on the vastly talented Aaron Teys, playing out of the Warilla Club.
In other results, New Zealand representative Katelyn Inch, along with her star studded team of Kay Moran, Karen Murphy and Julie Keegan have progressed through to a semi-final placing in the women’s fours, with Inch now the only Kiwi left standing in that discipline.
Earlier casualties saw Jo Edwards four of Wendy Jensen, Bronwyn Stevens and Lisa Prideaux fall to the hands of Queensland’s Sue McManus in the last 32, while Karen Hema’s side featuring Leigh Griffin had their hopes dashed in the last 16, with Inch’s side running out narrow victors, 15-13.
Meanwhile, New Zealand development players Keanu Darby and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley have combined impressively to remain the final Kiwi chances in the men’s pairs, with the last 16 getting underway this morning (Tuesday) at Broadbeach.
Other pairings including recalled Blackjack Gary Lawson and former Australian representative Mark Casey, along with Ali Forsyth and Seamus Curtin exited in the second round of post-section – Lawson losing to reigning Commonwealth singles champion Aaron Wilson and lead Scott Thulborn, 17-8, while Forsyth fell to Victoria’s Matthew Lucas, 15-10.
Darby and Bagrie-Howley will now go up against Ian and Gary Law of Burleigh Heads, hoping to push through to the business end of the competition as the rounds progress.
Knockout action in the women’s pairs will also commence today, while the men’s fours quarter-final showdowns – featuring several Kiwi hopefuls, are scheduled for Wednesday morning from 9am (AEST).