Australia has enjoyed a prosperous afternoon on the second day of the 2011 Asia Pacific Championships in Adelaide with four victories from as many starts across all disciplines.
In the only Australian match played this morning, the women's triples continued their stellar performance on the international stage with a dominant display against Samoa, recording a 20-9 victory to sit comfortably on top of their section's ladder.
In the women’s pairs, Natasha Van Eldik and duel Asia Pacific Championships pairs gold medallist Karen Murphy backed up yesterday’s gutsy win against New Zealand with a 34-13 victory over the United States of America this afternoon to release some of the pressure.
Facing off against Carrie Fossati and Anne Nunes, Van Eldik and Murphy put on show for the crowds at Holdfast Bay, scoring 25 from eight consecutive ends, including a 6 and 7.
The Malaysian women’s triples had a narrow escape from defeat by Singapore in the morning session at Lockleys after being down 11-14 after 13 ends, a lucky break in the 14th saw them bounce into the lead with the narrowest of margins.
Ramble Rice-Oxleley, Secretary General Bowls Malaysia was pleased with the result but conceded his team was lucky to come away with the win.
“We were lucky, in the second to last end, Singapore skip Mary Lim who had played brilliantly all match, knocked out her third putting us four up,” Rice-Oxleley said.
“Our skip Azlina then put another 1 which put us up by 5 for the end taking us to a 16-14 lead. Singapore then scored 1 for the final end resulting in a very close victory for us 16-15” he said.
The New Zealand women’s pairs bounced back today from their defeat by Australia to have a convincing win over the USA 32/5 in a game that included two 5’s in ends 8 and 9.
Asia Pacific Championships Results:
Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy (AUS) bt Carrie Fossati and Anne Nunes (USA) 34-13
Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage (AUS) bt Jane Smith, Dolly Maessen and Lena Adam (SAM) 20-9
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day