2019 UK Tour: Jackaroos dominate opening day of Second Test against Wales

by Domenic Favata

The BCiB Australian Jackaroos have responded well to their new surrounds in the north of Wales, dominating the host nation on the first day of the Second Test in Berriew.

Set in the picturesque countryside, the Australians enjoyed a hugely successful day in which the format and schedule was party tweaked as a result of player illnesses from both sides.

In the first three sessions, the open men and women claimed ten wins from 12 matches, while the Bowlers with a Disability (AWD) squad members won both of their two official matches played.

The Vision-Impaired (VI) duo of Jake Fehlberg and Lynne Seymour also enjoyed a solid day on the greens winning two of their three matches, albeit in unofficial matches against club players invited by Bowls Wales to compete.

With a handful of players forced to miss the last session for medical reasons and the AWD bowlers enjoying a rest, in order to ensure both nation’s available players were catered for, four Mixed Pairs matches were played, while Australian Assistant Coach Gary Willis and Tactician Andy Thomson combined to fill the void of players unavailable in a friendly against the Welsh opposition.

It also was in this session in which Jackaroo Ray Pearse notched up his 100th cap for Australia. Congratulations Ray!


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To conclude the Welsh Test Series, Australia will play two final sessions on Friday before heading back to England and Royal Leamington Spa, where they will take on the Old Enemy in the final leg of the 14-day UK Tour.

Bowls Australia would also like to extend its appreciation to Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) for supporting and funding the BCiB Australian Jackaroos’ tour of the UK, in preparation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Australia v Wales
Berriew Bowling Club, Wales
Thursday, July 18
Test 2 – Day 1

Open –

Session 1

Women’s Pairs: Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Scott def. Sara Nicholls, Emma Gittins 23-16
Women’s Triples: Karen Murphy, Samantha Shannahan, Chloe Stewart def. Bryony Wilson, Bethan Russ, Caroline Taylor 20-9

Men’s Pairs: Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock def. Mark Jones, Luke Harwood 21-11
Men’s Triples: Ben Twist, Ray Pearse, Aaron Wilson def. Nigel Fleming, Sam Roff, Andrew Fleming 19-10

Session 2

Women’s Pairs: Samantha Shannahan, Natasha Scott def by. Sara Nicholls, Caroline Taylor 7-23
Women’s Triples: Karen Murphy, Chloe Stewart, Kelsey Cottrell def. Bryony Wilson, Bethan Russ, Emma Gittins 32-6

Men’s Pairs: Ray Pearse, Corey Wedlock def. Lee Daniels, Kevin James 20-14
Men’s Triples: Ben Twist, Aaron Teys, Aaron Wilson def. Nigel Fleming, Mark Weaver, Andrew Fleming 19-11

Session 3

Women’s Singles: Kelsey Cottrell def by. Sara Nicholls 16-21
Women’s Fours: Karen Murphy, Samantha Shannahan, Chloe Stewart, Natasha Scott def. Bethan Russ, Bryony Wilson, Emma Gittons, Caroline Taylor 17-6

Men’s Singles: Ben Twist def. Kevin Jones 21-9
Men’s Fours: Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock, Ray Pearse, Aaron Wilson def. Lee Daniels, Mark Jones, Luke Howard, Andrew Fleming 17-15

Session 4

Mixed Pairs:

Samantha Shannahan, Corey Wedlock def. Bryony Wilson, Kevin James 24-5
Josh Barry, Aaron Teys def by. Emma Gittins, Sam Roff 17-20
Karen Murphy, Ben Twist def. Lee Daniels, Caroline Taylor 21-14
Ray Pearse, Natasha Scott def. Sara Nicholls, Mark Weaver 21-9
Gary Willis, Andy Thomson def. Bethan Russ, Luke Howard 25-10

Australia currently lead the second test 26-6 (+116 shots)

Para-Sport –

Session 1

Vision-Impaired Mixed Pairs: Jake Fehlberg, Lynne Seymour def. Wales 14-13*
Bowlers with a Disability Fours: Tony Bonnell, Chris Flavel, Barry Brennan def. Wales 16-14*

Session 2

Vision-Impaired Mixed Pairs: Rest*
Bowlers with a Disability Triples: Josh Barry, Tony Bonnell, Chris Flavel def. Erica Price, Matthew Williams, Norman Doel 21-5

Session 3

Vision-Impaired Mixed Pairs: Lynne Seymour, Jake Fehlberg def. Wales 14-9*
Bowlers with a Disability Triples: Tony Bonnell, Barry Brennan, Josh Barry def. Ian Coles, Erica Price, Norman Doel 19-9

Session 4

Vision-Impaired Mixed Pairs: Lynne Seymour, Jake Fehlberg def by. Wales 11-16*

Australia (AWD Triples) currently lead second test 4-0 (+26 shots)
* indicates non-official matches (v Welsh Club Bowlers)

(Win = 2 points, Loss = 0 points, Draw = 1 point)