Non-stop bowls action this weekend
IT’S the last weekend in May and non-stop bowling continues, especially for the Queensland indoor ladies who qualify for the Australian Championship this Saturday at Paradise Point and Tweed Heads.
A small but quality field of 35 ladies will play for six qualifying spots (three from each venue).
Star performer at the South Tweed Ladies event this week and current Tweed Heads singles champion, Jessica Srisamruaybai, 16, looks set to gain the first qualifying spot. Srisamruaybai was the star performer during the week at the $10,000 South Tweed Prestige Singles, winning her section with 3 wins + 11 shots up, including a 21/19 success against Australian squad member Chloe Stewart.
Srisamruaybai will start favourite to win, but comes up against Adele Pershouse (Bargara), Melissa Larcombe (Broadbeach) and Trish Dixon (Tweed Heads).
Four sections of four play at Tweed Heads and dual Australian Open Pairs champion Emma Brown plays Donna Clarke from Tweed Heads in Round One and should win and go on to claim this section and the second qualifying place.
Section Three – Lyn Cuthbertson, Lynsey Clarke and Wendy Wilson – play off in a tough section and then play a post sectional knockout round against the Section Four winner.
My three qualifying selections from Tweed Heads are Jessica Srisamruaybai, Emma Brown and Lynsey Clarke.
Six sections play off at Paradise Point, with winners of each section to play one knockout round to find three qualifiers. Tweed’s Kristy Thatcher should win her section of four ladies and play either new State Pairs winner Bolivia Millerick or former Australian Indoor winner Di Cunnington from Tweed Heads for the fourth qualifying spot.
Section Seven winner will play against the Section Eight winner and I predict Cassandra Millerick (new State Pairs winner) will play off against Bramble’s Bay Natasha Jones.
Ex-Victorian and now Broadbeach bowler Chloe Stewart should win Section 10 and play off against team-mate Jessie Cottell for the sixth qualifying spot.
My three qualifying selections from Paradise Point are Bolivia Millerick, Cassandra Millerick and Chloe Stewart.
Play starts on Saturday at both venues at 9am and the six Queensland qualifiers will play in the final field of 32 ladies in the Australian Indoor Championships in August this year.
The post-sectional draw for Wednesday included Stewart again (best loser) and also former Australian Open winner Julie Keegan and Samantha Noronha, from Merrylands.
In Round One, Keegan defeated Stewart by three and Noronha was 12 shots too good for Srisamruaybai. In Round Two, Keegan defeated Noronha by nine shots and Srisamruaybai accounted for Stewart by three shots. In Round Three, Keegan (+12) played Srisamruaybai (-9) and Noronha took on Stewart.
On a fast-paced green, Srisamruaybai shot to a 20/2 lead against Kegan, before moving into the semi-finals after beating her 21/5.
Srisamruaybai fell 25-5 in the semis against Carla Rizanic, who defeated Ester Regan 25-9 in the final to claim the championship.