Mitchell sounds final warning
ROCK 'n' bowl was the order of the day at the Australian Indoor Bowls Championships at Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
While the music rocked at the change of ends, it was the players who bowled the crowd over with scintillating semi-final displays across the board.
In the women's division, Karen Murphy dazzled the crowd with a commanding performance to down Katrina Wright 10-0 13-1 before young Lisa Mitchell demonstrated a deft touch to defeat Debbie Shoemaker 7-2 7-7.
Murphy's clinical performance puts her in good stead to claim a third successive title but if Mitchell can emulate the maturity shown yesterday she could well claim the honours in today's 11am grand final.
Only one men's semi-final was contested yesterday but it caused the biggest stir of the event so far with reigning champion Leif Selby toppled by in-form Todd Simmons.
Australian No.1 Selby battled hard to force a 7-7 tie in the opening set but couldn't prevent an upset as Simmons kept a cool head and continued finding the better bowls to take the second set 10-7.
Simmons will face either Anthony Kiepe or Brett Wilkie in today's grand final.
They will play off from 9am today with the final to follow at 11am.