The Australian women’s triples combination of Kelsey Cottrell, Claire Duke and Julie Keegan claimed silver today.
Having progressed through the preliminary rounds without dropping a match, the Australians were pushed to breaking point in their quarter-final by Hong Kong-China, prevailing by a solitary shot, before backing up with a more convincing win against India this afternoon.
Despite their impressive form, the world championship silver medallists will need to produce their best to walk away with the spoils tomorrow when they run in to Malaysia’s Nor Shafeeqah Yahya, Nor Fidrah Noh and Azlina Arshad, who were just as impressive against the Philippines.
In the women’s pairs, the fairytale run of two-time defending champions Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy ground to a halt, with the pair having to settle for bronze after dropping their semi-final to dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist Siti Zalina Ahmad and her Malaysian teammate, Nor Hashimah Isamil.
The Malaysian pair will meet Norfolk Island’s Debbie Wilford and Carmen Anderson in the final, while in the men’s fours, the Mark-Jacobsen skipped combination of Robbie Thompson, Mark Berghofer and Wayne Turley also claimed bronze when the Philippines posted a 21-10 win.
Representing Australia for the first time since claiming consecutive gold medals at the 1999 and 2001 Asia Pacific Championships, Jacobsen was unable to guide his new look side to further glory, which included defending champion Wayne Turley, as their stop-start campaign finally stalled.
The gold medal rounds of the 18-nation Asia Pacific Championships will be staged at the Bukit Kiara Lawn Bowls Centre in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, before switching to the second phase of the competition, which will run through to August 16.
Competing nations: Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Fiji, Hong Kong-China, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and United States.
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