2024 Australian Open: Day 9 wrap

by Val Febbo on June 16, 2024

It was a moving day across the Gold Coast as many of the tournament favourites put their best foot forward as they strive to make history at the tournament.

Women’s Singles – R16 & QF

A superb semifinal lineup has been set on the Gold Coast as Dawn Hayman and Kelsey Cottrell ensured their place in the final four after scintillating days at Helensvale.

Two-time champion in Cottrell began her day with a gritty 21-18 victory over her fellow Right at Home Jackaroo in Jamie-Lee Worsnop, avenging her loss in the 2021 semifinals, before facing another Australian teammate in Brianna Smith for a place in the semis.

The Helensvale product would emerge victorious with a 20-12 victory to progress to her fourth successive Australian Open semifinal.

Hayman was ruthless in her run, conceding just ten shots in her two wins against Brenda Thompson and Olivia Cartwright.

The other semifinal will see Western Australia’s Laura Butler and South Australia’s Sharon Cavanagh face off for a place in Thursday’s decider.

Butler was imperious in her pair of matches, defeating former winner Lynsey Clarke 21-11 before taking down Jackaroo Chloe Stewart 21-12 in her quarterfinal to replicate her 2023 effort in reaching the final four.

Cavanagh will aim to stand in her way of moving one step further after enjoying a sensational day in Helensvale, toppling Queensland’s Debbie Logan 21-19 before a monumental 21-15 victory against Sarah Boddington.

The women’s singles semifinals will be played at Helensvale on Wednesday.


Men’s Singles – R64, R42, R16

The men’s singles quarterfinals are set with some mouthwatering lineups to dazzle fans across the Gold Coast.

Irish international Adam McKeown will take on Corey Wedlock in the top bracket after overcoming the likes of Isaac Maughan, Stephen Gliddon and Ray Pearse in his three contests.

Wedlock was as brilliant as usual, defeating Stephen Pell, Scott Chamberlain and his Australian teammate in Nathan Black en route to the quarters as he bids for his maiden singles title at the tournament.

Two-time defending champion and five-time singles winner Aron Sherriff was in ruthless form as he conceded just 29 shots in his three wins over Owen Clark, Riley Gerick and Jake Rynne.

The Queensland product will meet his fours conqueror Cody Packer in the quarters after he overcame some strong competition Phillip Gray, Thor Shannon and 2023 fours finalist Clinton Bailey in his trio of contests for the day.

Another titanic tussle will take place in the third bracket as Carl Healey meets his world championship winning teammate in Aaron Teys.

Healey enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, defeating a high quality trio of Chris Rosanes, two-time champion Aaron Wilson and young gun Jack McShane to advance to the final eight.

Teys survived a huge scare in his opening match, overcoming Moama’s Peter Campbell 21-19 before defeating Paul Lawrence and Gavin Hamlin to move through.

Emerging Jackaroo Cohen Litfin will take on Dean Drummond in the final matchup after the former took down the likes of Andrew Hill, Mathew Kurta and Seamus Curtin.

Drummond overcame Shane Hinsch, Tim Swanson and 2023 runner-up Jacob Nelson in his trio of matches.

The quarterfinals will take place on Wednesday at Club Helensvale.


Multi-Disability Singles – Sectional

The big names were on fire in the multi disability singles at Broadbeach, with the likes of Para Jackaroos in Tony Bonnell, James Reynolds, Josh Barry and Damien Delgado enjoying sensational days.

2022 multi disability pairs finalist Clive Williams progressed, as did the event’s 2022 silver medallist in Frank Krslovic. Michael Vassallo would also make his way through.

Among the next best qualifiers were 2022 champion David Minns and Emerging Para Jackaroos in Lucas Protopapas and Cooper Whitestyles.

In the women’s singles, defending champion Cheryl Lindfield came through unblemished, as did her national teammate and 2023 runner up Serena Bonnell.

The other section saw Louise Hoskins progress with the only next best qualifier in New Zealand’s Lynda Bennett joining them in the semis.

Bennett will meet Hoskins and Lindfield will take on Bonnell.



Vision-Impaired Singles – Sectional

The four sections of vision-impaired singles competition took to the Broadbeach greens on Sunday.

All four section winners advanced to the knockout rounds with unbeaten days.

Jackaroo Calvin Rodgers topped section one, a group including fellow Aussie teammate Helen Boardman

2023 champion Scott Kinnear advanced unbeaten, as did Fred McConnell and 2023 world champion Jake Fehlberg.


Mixed Pairs

The popular mixed pairs events took place at Robina and Club Musgrave, with South Australians Yvonne Bekeris and Stephen Jones and the Queensland duo of Glenys Read and Phil Jordan taking out the respective events.

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 YouTube channel.