RUSSELL Meyer in action as rival Nathan Rice watches on during the final of the Golden Nugget singles tournament at Tweed Heads
RUSSELL Meyer in action as rival Nathan Rice watches on during the final of the Golden Nugget singles tournament at Tweed Heads

Meyer hangs on to win thriller



NEW Zealand international Russell Meyer and recent NSW Masters champion Maria Rigby claimed Golden Nugget Invitation Prestige Singles titles in vastly contrasting circumstances at Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.

While both players capped an outstanding week on the green to claim their biggest pay cheques - both finals were played in stark contrast to one another.

Rigby totally dominated Victorian Claire Duke to score a relatively easy 25-12 win but Meyer had to fight all the way to score a heart-stopping 25-21 win over Gold Coaster Nathan Rice.

After comfortably leading 18-8 midway through the final, Meyer appeared to be on course to score a comfortable victory but Rice refused to give in, fighting back to level the match at 21-all.

However, Meyer then collected four shots to wrap up the title.

"Nathan struggled a little bit early but I knew he was going to improve and I just had to find a way to put him away," the Sydney-based Kiwi said.

"He made a few great conversions on the last bowl during the middle stages of the match and I missed a few opportunities to put him away ... I think I was lucky to win it in the end."

Meyer was the form male player of the tournament, negotiating the three days of sectional play and the final without loss.

Rigby also went through the tournament undefeated and showed the form that she hopes will put her name in front on Commonwealth Games selectors.

"Hopefully my foot is in the door now but there is still the Australian Open coming up and anything can happen," she said.

In the play-offs for third and fourth positions Mark Casey defeated Ray McKay 25-11 and Karen Murphy defeated Riina Bradbrook 25-10.



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