Women’s pair march through to Multi Nations final

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A third New Zealand combination will feature in a gold medal match on the final day of the Multi Nations tournament on the Gold Coast.

Jo Edwards (skip) and Tayla Bruce have outclassed Wales 17-9 in their women’s pairs semi-final after sweeping all comers in round-robin play.

They will now play Australia Green’s Ellen Ryan and Karen Murphy in tomorrow’s (Sunday, November 24) decider, after the New Zealand men’s pair and men’s triple play their finals.

“We beat them in our previous game in round seven, on a different green,…and felt quite comfortable with them,” women’s pairs coach Gayle Melrose said.

“We don’t fear them. We’re fine. We’ll go into it tomorrow with all of our game plan etc in place and just go do the process.”

Edwards will first play Australia Yellow’s Kristina Krstic for bronze in the women’s singles, having seemingly shaken off the quad injury that plagued her in her semi-final defeat.

“She’s had some cupping on it and she seems really good at the moment,” Melrose said.

Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith and Selina Goddard will also play for third place in the women’s triples, after being outgunned 19-8 by Australia Green in their semi-final.

It was their second defeat of the day to Lynsey Clarke, Chloe Stewart and Natasha Scott, having also gone down 23-12 in the final round.

Andrew Kelly and the men’s four will playoff for the minor placings, after falling short of the semi-finals.

Kelly cruelly missed out on the top four of the men’s singles by just one shot.

He beat Australia Green’s Jesse Noronha 21-14 in the final round to finish level on points with Ireland’s Gary Kelly and Canada’s Ryan Bester in third place.

But Gary Kelly secured third with a plus 30 shot differential, with Bester fourth on plus 10, just ahead of Andrew Kelly, who’ll now play Malta for fifth place.

Gary Lawson (skip), Ali Forsyth, Jamie Hill and Chris Le Lievre have finished a disappointing sixth out of eight teams in the men’s fours after being outclassed 18-8 by Australia Green in the final round.

Lawson’s four won just two of its seven round-robin games and will play Ireland in the fifth place playoff.

They all have finals to look forward to, with Lawson and Hill to play Canada in the men’s pairs gold medal match, while Forsyth and Le Lievre will join Kelly in the men’s triples final against Australia Green.

The men’s pairs and triples title deciders will be played at 3pm (NZT), with the women’s pairs final to follow three hours later.

Day six results:

Men’s singles – Andrew Kelly beat Jesse Noronha (Australia Green) 21-14 in the final round.

Women’s pairs – Jo Edwards (skip) & Tayla Bruce beat Australia Green 20-17 in the final round & beat Wales 17-9 in the semi-finals.

Women’s triples – Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith & Selina Goddard lost 12-23 to Australia Green in the final round & lost 8-19 to Australia Green in the semi-finals.

Men’s fours – Gary Lawson (skip), Ali Forsyth, Jamie Hill & Chris Le Lievre lost 8-18 to Australia Green in the final round.