Meyer continues march
NEW Zealand international Russell Meyer's charge to his biggest ever lawn bowls singles title continued to gather pace on day three of the Golden Nugget Invitation Prestige Singles tournament at Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
Despite unpredictable windy conditions, Meyer brushed aside challenges from Bruce Anderson and Kelvin Kerkow to wrap up a berth in today's final against Gold Coaster Nathan Rice.
In the morning session Meyer easily accounted for Anderson 25-14 before demolishing Kerkow 25-13 to give him an undefeated three-day scoreline of 10+47 to head Section B.
After overcoming a first-round loss to long-time Australian champion Steve Glasson, Rice bounced back to win his four remaining matches to head Section A with a combined score of 8+34.
The latest addition to Australia's Test team ranks, Rice was cool under pressure to score a 25-7 win against West Australian Anthony Provest before a 25-21 win over Ricky Lindbeck from the ACT.
Today's final between Meyer and Rice promises to be an intriguing encounter as both players aim for their biggest-ever singles title - plus the $6000 winner's cheque that goes with it.
After going through the rounds undefeated, Meyer said he would go into the final full of confidence.
"The final is another game and five lead-up wins don't mean anything but I have been playing well and must be in with a good chance," he said.
On the women's side of the draw NSW representative Maria Rigby completed the sectional rounds undefeated to win Section A.
She will meet VClaire Duke in today's final after Duke and five-time Golden Nugget champion Karen Murphy tied on 6+22 at the completion of the five sectional rounds. Duke was given the nod to advance after a countback calculated points for divided by points against put her ahead by just .01 per cent.
In the today's semifinals Ipswich bowler Ray McKay (6+3) will clash with Australian Test player Mark Casey (6+10), while in the women's semifinal Karen Murphy (6+22) will play Riina Bradbrook (6+5). Semifinal action gets underway at 9.30am, with the two finals at 1.30pm.