South Tweed Sports champion Kelsey Cottrell is elliminated from the Australian Indoor titles.
South Tweed Sports champion Kelsey Cottrell is elliminated from the Australian Indoor titles. Tweed Daily News

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.



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