Early blow in Nugget
GOLD COAST bowler Shane Globits' quest for back-to-back Golden Nugget Invitation Singles lawn bowls titles suffered a major blow at the hands of veteran campaigner Bruce Anderson at Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
In front of a near-capacity first day Golden Nugget crowd, Anderson scored a 25-23 come-from-behind win after nearly three hours of nail-biting play.
After opening out to an 18-10 lead midway through the match, Globits appeared to have Anderson's measure, but the reigning Australian Open champion fought back to level at 18-all.
The remainder of the match saw the lead see-saw as both players grabbed the lead only to see it snatched back. In the end it was Anderson who held his nerve.
Two-time Golden Nugget champion Kelvin Kerkow also suffered an upset 25-15 loss to Ray McKay, of Ipswich, long-time Australian number one Steve Glasson scored a hard fought 25-21 win over emerging talent Nathan Rice and Australian Test squad member Mark Casey was defeated 25-21 by Queensland's Alex Murtagh.
nReigning women's champion Ceriann Davies also went down in a first-round loss at the hands of talented Victorian Claire Duke.
After jumping out to an early 8-1 lead, Duke was untroubled as she coasted to a comfortable 25-12 win on the back of some pin-point perfect bowls.
Without doubt one of the most entertaining matches of the day was the clash between 15-year-old Australian development squad member Kelsey Cotterell, from the Sunshine Coast, and NSW representative Maria Rigby.
A controversial recent exclusion from the Queensland team, Cotterell, despite her tender years, played outstanding bowls to lead throughout the match, however stumbled over the final few ends to go down by the narrowest of margins 25-24.
Time and time again Cotterell delivered a perfect line and length, only to see Rigby claw her way back into the match with great saving shots.