Penultimate Day comes to a close
That’s a wrap for the penultimate day of the Bowls Tasmania Gala Week.
New Norfolk’s Lauren Banks made the junior girls double taking our the 2018 Tasmanian Junior Girls singles title the day after claiming the State Junior Girls pairs title with partner Jorja Maughan. The two girls have had a terrific week that also included a quarter finals berth in the women’s open fours. Banks progressed through the girls singles undefeated after defeating Maughan in the final match of the round robin format, with Maughan finishing as runner up in the event.
The Boys singles event has now progressed to the semi final stage where Isaac Maughan will take on Kyron Daly and Josh Walker-Davis will battle it out with pairs teammate Patrick Oldham. The winner of these matches will play the final in the afternoon at North Launceston Bowls Club in conjunction with all other singles finals.
Australian Champion of Champions winner Lee Schraner is one step closer to securing his maiden Tasmanian Open Singles title after progressing through to the men’s open final against Invermay’s Gene Ayton. Schraner showed his good form today before defeating former Australian junior representative Michael Sims in the quarter final before accounting for fellow Tasmanian squad member Phillip Mundy 25-5. While Ayton also had a tough run in, defeating recent Tasmanian representative player of the series Robert McMullen in the quarter final, and then South Burnie’s Cameron Griffiths in the semi final 25-16.
2016 women’s singles champion Alison Venn has setup a busy day for herself on grand final day tomorrow, attempting to defend her pairs title in the mornings final with Dee Harman, before taking on fellow state squad member Lyn Triffitt in the women’s singles final. Venn defeated Howrah’s Denise Tanner in the semi final, while Triffitt managed to overcome an inform Barbara Smith on her home greens at North Launceston. Triffitt is no stranger to singles finals also being a previous winner of this event.
East Launceston’s Alan Ryman was our first player through in the men’s bowlers with a disability final defeating Invermay visually impaired bowler Shane Van Riel in the semi final. Ryman will take on Kings Meadow’s Charlie Thomas who also progressed to the final for the first time after he defeated James Amos from Rosny Park who had eliminated defending champion Rick Ormerod earlier int he day.
In the Women’s bowlers with a disability there were three winners after the sectional play was completed. Rosealie Simkus from Turners Beach won the Vision Impairment title, Colleen Fellows from Westbury won the Intellectual Impairment title whilst Gena Short from Sheffield was victorious in the Physical Impairment event. Fellows will now team up with Charlie Thomas in the Pairs Final tomorrow playing against Alan Ryman & Rick Ormerod.
The Tasmanian Bowlers with Bowling Arm Championships are being held for the first time this year and Latrobe’s Kevan Gaffney has made for a busy last day of the event for himself. Gaffney will combine with Keith Beavis tomorrow morning when they play Heather Jones and Owen Preston in the pairs final, before then playing an undefeated Noel Carlon in the first semi final of the singles. Keven Hayes will play Joe Reissig in the other semi final before both winner play off in the final later in the afternoon.
All finals will take place at the North Launceston Bowls Club tomorrow.