Glasson adds to indoor streak
WORLD singles champion Steve Glasson won a record ninth national indoor bowls title yesterday while Maria Rigby claimed her first national singles crown with a stunning victory in the Australian Indoor Championships final at Tweed Heads.
The reign of the Sydney-based Glasson as the king of the indoor now stretches to five consecutive years after he withstood a late charge from 23-year-old Gold Coast challenger and No.1 seed Mark Casey in the final to win 12-4 1-10 2-0.
Second-seeded Rigby, from Sydney, overcame Ipswich wildcard entrant Brenda Thompson 9-8 13-3 in their final at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club.
Casey displayed a gritty determination in the second set to force a tie-breaker against Glasson.
With all the momentum and a large proportion of the crowd behind him, Casey was just two ends away from securing his first national singles title and completing one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the event.
However, Glasson again demonstrated why he has been at the top of the sport for so long by calmly taking the best-of-three-ends shoot-out 2-0.
"I know my run of wins will come to an end so I am going to enjoy this one," Glasson said.
Glasson secured his finals berth earlier in the day with a thrilling 7-6 6-9 2-1 victory over Nathan Rice in the semifinal.
Rigby continued her push as one of the leading contenders for the coveted singles role at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with victory in the women's final. The title caps off a successful month for Rigby who won the Golden Nugget Prestige Invitation Singles at Tweed Heads two weeks ago.