Simpson and Brown Claim Open Singles Titles

by Rick Fontyn

Kings Meadows’ Rae Simpson has claimed her second State Women’s Singles title after defeating young Buckingam bowler, Jorja Maughan in the Women’s Final this evening at the North Launceston Bowls Club.

Maughan, who had a terrific win in her Semi-Final over Kim Saunders from Invermay, took the challenge up to Simpson, but the Kings Meadows bowler showed all her class in triumphing for the second time.

Meanwhile, two of our rising young stars put on a show in the Men’s Singles Final, with Penguin’s Jacob Brown racing to a 10-0 lead before Josh Walker-Davis from the Trevallyn Bowls Club roared back into contention, at one stage winning nine of ten ends to take the lead 21-19.

However, Brown regathered his composure and won a thriller 25-22 to win his very first State Singles Title.

In B-Grade, Heather Thompson from East Launceston made it back-to-back titles after defeating Trevallyn’s Fiona Cort, whilst in the Men’s it was Brad Johns from Taroona who won a thriller over Cressy’s Anthony “Jimmy” Bannon

In the Physically Impaired section, Chris Newman took out the Men’s section from South Burnie, defeating Swansea’s James Amos, whilst Marijake Raine from Huonville won the Round Robin Women’s section.

Beltana’s Jason Dent won his second consecutive Men’s Intellectually Impaired title after defeating Wayne Wright from Cosgrove Park Bowls Club.

Tomorrow sees the Women’s Open Pairs Final get underway at 9:30am at the North Launceston Bowls Club, which features World Champion, Invermay’s Bec Van Asch & her  playing partner Alison Venn from Penguin up against Lauren Banks from New Norfolk and Jorja Maughan from Buckingham.

The Men’s Open Pairs Final will feature Trevallyn’s Scott Summers & Michael Sims, who will be up against Burnie pair Taelyn Male & Mark Nitz; the match also commencing at 9:30am.

Bowls Tasmania will be live-streaming the Women’s Pairs Final from 9:30am.