Van Asch off to dream debut – Day 1 Review & Day 2 Preview

by admin on April 5, 2018

The Australian Women’s Fours were dominant in their opening match of the Commonwealth Games, defeating the side from Papua New Guinea 41-1. With Tasmanian Rebecca Van Asch playing in the three spot, the team flew out of the gate early and never gave their opposition a chance to get into the game. The Australian team as a whole got off to a great start with 5 wins from their 6 games. The Men’s Triples were the only team to lose, falling to Jersey 18-21. This team can still qualify for the quarter finals by winning their remaining section games against Botswana, Fiji & Brunei. If they do finish 2nd in their section, it will make the quarter final game harder, but if they want to win a Gold medal, then they will need to beat the better teams in the knock-out phase anyway. Here were the Australian results;
Women’s Singles won 21-4 vs Tonga
Men’s Triples lost 18-21 to Jersey
Para-sport Pairs won 26-3 vs South Africa
Men’s Pairs won 22-11 vs Malta
Women’s Fours won 41-1 vs Papua New Guinea
Para-sport Triples won 18-6 vs Scotland
To see the full results then click on the following link – RESULTS FROM DAY 1
Bowls Australia has been providing articles on each session of play;
Session 1 – Session 3 – Session 4 (There were no Australian matches during Session 2)
Van Asch will now have two games on day 2, neither of which will be on the TV rinks. Live scores are being provided via the Commonwealth Games app and if you follow the Bowls in Tasmania Updates Facebook page, people will be posting the score and or result there. Both games will be in the late sessions of play with a 4pm match against the Cook Islands followed by a 7pm encounter against Namibia. The Cook Islands lost both of their games today, 8-22 vs Malaysia & 11-15 vs Papua New Guinea. Namibia only played the one game but also lost to Malaysia, 13-17. It is looking like the Australia vs Malaysia match will decide the winner of the section but the Australian team can’t allow for any slip ups before that game.
Below is a list of the matches that will be streamed live on the Commonwealth Games app and website and may get some coverage on free to air. Karen Murphy’s opening match was played live on 7Two and hopefully we will continue to see more games being shown during the remainder of the schedule.
Live Streamed Matches
Men’s Triples Scotland vs Malaysia & Women’s Singles Jo Edwards (NZ) vs Katherine Rendall (ENG)
Men’s Triples Australia vs Fiji & Women’s Singles Karen Murphy (AUS) vs Colleen Piketh (SA)
Men’s Pairs Australia vs Brunei & Women’s Fours Scotland vs Wales
Men’s Pairs New Zealand vs Fiji & Northern Ireland vs South Africa
The Jackaroos have a busy day tomorrow, with the following games being played away from the TV rinks;
Men’s Triples vs Botswana
Women’s Singles vs Zambia
Para-sport Pairs vs England
Women’s Fours vs Cook Islands
Para-sport Triples vs South Africa
Women’s Fours vs Namibia
Men’s Pairs vs Guernsey
Good luck to all of the bowlers and fingers crossed we don’t get any more rain delays!
By David Genford