Glasson shows Test rival no mercy
SINGLES ace Steve Glasson produced an inspired performance to steer the Australian men's bowls team to a resounding 2-1 win over Ireland in the Test match at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
After Mark Casey and Kevin Walsh had combined to claim the opening pairs rubber Glasson sealed the Test victory with an awesome display in the singles.
The reigning world singles champion showed Ireland's Neil Booth no mercy, dropping just one end in the opening set for a 9-1 scoreline.
The Sydney-based bowler continued to apply the pressure in the second set, taking the points 10-2.
"He played one bowl better than me on every end," said Booth, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and current world fours champion.
"He was very hot. It would have been difficult to beat him today no matter how well I played."
Assistant Australian coach Cameron Curtis described Glasson's performance as the best ever witnessed at the Tweed Heads club where the former South Tweed club member has won so many events.
"It was an absolutely phenomenal display of bowls by Steve," Curtis said last night.
"He really was unbeatable."
Ireland recovered from the onslaught to win the dead triples rubber 7-3, 5-7, 2-0.
Casey and Walsh had set up Australia's win with a solid showing in the doubles, downing Paul Daly and Jim Baker 13-4, 8-7.
Yesterday's victory is the fourth time Australia has beaten Ireland since regular Test matches began in 1998 and the 4-3 record gives the Jackaroos superiority for the first time in that seven-year period.