2019 Australian Championships: QLD & NSW dominate opening day

by Domenic Favata

New South Wales and Queensland have dominated the opening day of the 2019 Australian Championships, winning the gold medal in the Men’s and Women’s Triples disciplines respectively.

Fresh off a busy international circuit, BCiB Australian Jackaroos Ben Twist and Chloe Stewart led their trios to ultimate glory on Day 1, the first of five days of competition at Merimbula’s Club Sapphire.

Twist pipped Eric Johannes’ Queensland team by just two shots in the final, while Stewart helped her team to a three-shot victory over Victorian, meaning Queensland would take a gold and silver medal in a successful opening day.

Tuesday will see the start of the Pairs action, before Fours (Wednesday), Singles (Thursday) and Mixed Pairs (Friday) will round out each remaining day of the event.

See below for results from Day 1 (Triples) of the 2019 Australian Championships from Club Sapphire, Merimbula:

Men’s Triples:

Gold Medal Match – Josh Berry, Chris Herden, Ben Twist (St. Johns Park, NSW) def. David Cahill Sr (Mt Isa), Scott DeJongh (Tweed Heads), Eric Johannes (Mt Isa, QLD) 15-13

Bronze Medal Match – Aaron Bremner (West Lakes), Sam Dietrich (Henley), Kane Coulls (West Lakes, SA) def. Shane Loftus (Sorrento), Kyle McIlroy (Doubleview), Daniel Brown (Kardinya, WA) 18-17

Women’s Triples:

Gold Medal Match – Val Hardy, Judy Beesley, Jo Martin (Paynesville, VIC) def by. Kira Bourke, Claire Turley, Chloe Stewart (Tweed Heads, QLD) 16-19

Bronze Medal Match – Kate Matthews, Genevieve Delves, Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW) def by.
Jenny Suttie (Rosny Park), Kim Saunders (Invermay), Candice Hodgetts (Invermay, TAS) 8-17

Bowls Australia (BA) will be live-streaming the Singles & Mixed Pairs action from December 5-6.

2019 Australian Championships
December 2-6
(Monday – Triples, Tuesday – Pairs, Wednesday – Fours, Thursday – Singles, Friday – Mixed Pairs)
Club Sapphire, Merimbula