Bassett Stuns Favourites

by Rick Fontyn

Invermay’s Dennis Bassett was the giant killer in today’s Open Men’s Singles action at the Bowls Tasmania State Championships.

Bassett defeated former Champions Josh Appleyard and Scott Summers on his way to the Quarter Finals, where he has set-up a showdown with state representative Josh Walker-Davis from Trevallyn.

It was also a big day for the three Brown brothers, Julian, Jarryd and Jacob, who all hail from Penguin. They have each advanced to the Quarter Finals.

In the Women’s Open Singles, young guns Mikayla Baker and Lauren Banks will go head-to-head in the Quarter Finals after defeating Carol Bannister and Tracey Little respectively.

In other results, Kings Meadows Rae Simpson will take-on former champion Alison Venn for a place in the Semi-Finals.

In B-Grade Women’s Singles action, we are now down to the Semi-Finals. East Launceston’s Heather Thompson had a strong 25-11 victory and will now face Claremont’s Maree Grimmond.

The other Semi-Finalists are Fiona Cort from Trevallyn, and Penguin’s Kelly Gilchrist, who both progressed with 25-18 wins over their respective opponents.

In the B-Grade Men’s, George Town’s Michael Shingles has progressed through to the Semi-Finals after an extraordinary match that went to 34 ends; Shingles defeated Bill Mottershead from Sandy Bay 25-24, after trailing the entire match. He will now face Australian Fours Champion Brad Johns for a place in the Final.

Cressy’s Anthony Bannon continued his strong form after taking out the Northern B-Grade Mixed Pairs, and takes on Ian Salt from Sandy Bay in the other Semi.

Singles players will now have a rest day tomorrow, before resuming on Thursday, with all matches at the North Launceston Bowls Club.

Wednesday will see the B-Grade Pairs and Open Women’s Pairs come to an end, with the Finals in the afternoon at North Launceston.

The Bowlers with a Disability were in action today at the Trevallyn Bowls Club., with some exciting singles finals set to take place on Thursday.

Intellectually Impaired singles defending champion Jason Dent managed the day unscathed where he will now take on Ravenswood’s Wayne Wright.  Wright also progressed through undefeated after sectional play.

Jamie Costello has now setup a semi-final showdown with Chris Newman in the Men’s Physically Impaired Singles.  While James Amos will come up against Jamie Whelan in the other semi-final. 

The Disability Singles finals will continue on Thursday at North Launceston Bowls Club and will be joined by the Women’s Physically Impaired Singles round robin.

The Disability Pairs will be played at North Launceston tomorrow.