Former teammate ruins Duprez?s farewell

AUSTRALIAN representative Mark Casey ruined former teammate Brett Duprez's last hurrah yesterday with a scintillating peformance in the final of the Kingscliff Classic Pairs lawn bowls tournament.

Gold Coaster Casey was the standout player as he and partner Shane Globits thrashed Duprez and Wayne Turley 21-5 in a one-sided final.

Earlier this week Duprez, 30, who has played more than 150 games for Australia in the past 11 years, called it a day at the top level so he could spend more time with his young family.

He was hoping to go out on a high.

"It wasn't disappointing (though)," Duprez said after yesterday's final.

"You don't mind being beaten if you know you have played well.

"They were far too good yesterday, every time we touched the jack it went the wrong way."

Casey added to his claims for a Commonwealth Games berth yesterday.

He dominated the decider, scoring 11 shots unanswered shots over six ends to essentially end the final as a contest.

In the women's final, New Zealand pair Jo Edwards and Marlene Castle powered home to beat Australian star Karen Murphy and partner Julie Keegan 22-16.

In the playoff for third Maria Rigby and Arleen Jeffery combined to beat Beth Quinlan and Sharyn Renshaw 21-10. In the men's playoff, Jamie Hill and Chris Le Lievre beat fellow New Zealanders Richard Girvan and Kelvin Scott 16-15.

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