2024 Australian Open: Day 4 recap

by Lachlan Williams on June 11, 2024

Women’s pairs sectional action wrapped up as men’s pairs play commenced on day four of play at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Women’s Pairs – sections 34 – 51

The remaining women’s pairs sections competed across the Gold Coast on Tuesday, vying for a spot in the round of 64.

Australian Open juggernauts Lynsey Clarke and Kelsey Cottrell booked their spot in the knockout rounds, setting up an interesting first elimination game against Emerging Jackaroos Sophie Kurzman and Kate Argent-Bowden.

Para Jackaroo Serena Bonnell and partner Serena Matthews advanced without blemish, as did the in-form pair of Jamie-Lee Worsnop and Dawn Hayman.

Reigning pairs world champions Aleena Ahmad Nawawi & Nur Ain Nabilah Tarmizi continued their great Gold Coast form, also progressing.

2023 pairs runners up Carmen Anderson and Ellen Falkner dropped a match but advanced on top.

13 next-best qualifiers advanced in the women’s pairs, with two wins and 19 shots up enough to qualify.


Men’s Pairs – sections 1-103

The men’s pairs kicked off around the Gold Coast and the big names ensured their safe passage through to the knockout rounds after some truly dominant days.

Two-time defending champions in Ben Twist and Aaron Wilson went three from three, as did Corey Wedlock and Gary Kelly.

2023 runner ups Aaron Teys and Aron Sherriff enjoyed a dominant day with a shot differential of plus 54 from their three matches.

Jackaroo Matt Lucas progressed with his partner, Chris Le Lievre, as did Nick Cahill and Carl Healey, while Cody Packer enjoyed a fruitful day with his teammate in Emerging Jackaroo Cohen Litfin.

Other notables to make it through were Pathways Jackaroo Cody Gerick and his brother Riley, who took home the under 18 boys singles title last year, while Ray Pearse and Ali Forsyth also emerged on top of their pool.

The Nelson brothers of Kane and Jacob also made it through.

The biggest upset of the day came as Jackaroo Nathan Black and his partner Glen Pitts were eliminated after two wins and a loss.

The 2024 Australian Open will run from the June 8-21, 2024 on the Gold Coast in Queensland with Rinkside Live coverage from 9am AEST daily on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page & YouTube channel.