Mixed bag indoors for Tweed bowlers
IT was a day of mixed fortunes for Tweed Heads bowlers on the opening day of the Australian Indoor Championships at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club yesterday.
South Tweed Sports' star recruit Kelsey Cottrell, 18, won the “tussle of the teenagers” when she downed Victorian Carla Odgers, 19, in straight sets 11-6, 9-0, while home club heroine, Carmen Anderson was knocked out by the slimmest of margins 6-6, 7-8 by NSW bowler Lisa Mitchell.
Cottrell will now face Mitchell in the next round.
In other women's results, two-time defending champion Karen Murphy was well-placed to become the first female, and just the second player behind Steve Glasson, to capture a hat-trick of indoor titles.
The three-time Commonwealth Games representative, who reached the final of the World Cup earlier this month, made light work of Western Australia's Therese Hastings 11-1, 9-7 in a re-match of last year's final, before accounting for Moama's Sandra Connolly 10-6, 11-2.
Murphy will now meet Kurri Kurri's Carolyn Glen in today's first quarter-final, while other opening-day winners included Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lynsey Armitage and 2008 Australian Open champion Katrina Wright.
In the men's event, world No.2 Leif Selby was also on track for back-to-back titles after barnstorming his way through to the quarter-finals yesterday.
The reigning world champion was in no mood for messing around during the opening day of the competition as he accounted for two of the nation's most promising players to book a berth in the final eight.
Facing off against Somerton's Scott Taylor during the opening round, Selby, 36, split the first set six apiece before being pushed to the limit in the second, only to prevail, 8-5.
Despite the scare, Selby remains a hot favourite to defend his crown and reaffirmed that reasoning later in the day as he accounted for Shepparton's Mark Ryan during a brutal display 14-1,6-6.
In other games, father and son duo Dylan Fisher and Todd Simmons remain on track for a quarter-final showdown after producing some sparkling form at the nation's pre-eminent indoor tournament.
The championships continue today with the men's and women's finals to be staged on Thursday.