Murphy chasing historic hat-trick
KAREN Murphy's bid for a third successive Australian Indoor Championship is alive and well after she crashed her way into today's semi-finals at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club's indoor green.
Chasing a slice of history, the 34-year-old, who is hoping to become the first female and just the second player to claim a hat-trick of wins at the indoor competition, will face Cabramatta clubmate Katrina Wright in a blockbuster encounter.
With the pair sharing a rich history, including victory to Wright in the semi-finals of last year's Australian Open, there will be no love lost between the duo as they chase a berth in the championship decider.
In the opposite semi-final, Australian under-25 representative Lisa Mitchell continued her giant-killing form yesterday when she accounted for the nation's top-ranked female bowler, Kelsey Cottrell, from South Tweed Sports, just a day after eliminating former world champion, Tweed Heads Bowls Club's Carmen Anderson.
The 21-year-old will now meet Merrylands' Debbie Schoemaker, who made it an all-NSW affair, when she accounted for Victoria's Angela Bonutto in the fourth quarter-final.
In the men's competition, world number two Leif Selby remains in contention for back-to-back titles after setting up a clash with former Australian representative Todd Simmons.
The 36-year-old, who earlier this month captured his second world title in the past 12 months, was extremely impressive during his 10-2, 11-2 victory over Western Australia's John Slavich and will have his confidence riding high after another impressive showing.
In the remaining semi-final, Helensvale teammates Anthony Kiepe and Brett Wilkie will square off after they accounted for Commonwealth Games gold medallists Mark Jacobsen and David Holt respectively.