Richard Girvan at the 2005 New Zealand Bowls Champs in Auckland.
The New Zealand Lawn Bowls team has added the Tri Nations Cup to the Trans-Tasman Trophy, announcing themselves as the number one contenders for the Commonwealth Games.
The New Zealand team were in outstanding form at the Tri Nations Cup, a triangular test series involving Malaysia and Australia.
The Kiwis won nine of the 12 men’s and women’s Test matches they contested against Australia and Malaysia.
The New Zealand men’s team proved they will be hard to beat at the Commonwealth Games as they dropped just one Test — against Australia — across the three-day series.
With four wins out of six Tests the Kiwi women also confirmed they will be a real Games threat, while the Malaysian women’s team also impressed with four Test wins.
Australia recorded disappointing results winning only five Tests with the men’s team taking out three matches and the women’s team scoring just two wins.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the overall results,” said national coach Cameron Curtis. “The results from the Tri Nations Cup are a brutal assessment. Overall we need to work on our consistency — the team needs to perform on a more regular basis.”
Despite the disappointing overall results the Australian men’s triples combination of Bill Cornehls, Wayne Turley and Mark Casey showed they will be a strong Games medal chance. The trio won five of their six games.
Australia’s Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy were also on fire until they went down to New Zealand and Malaysia in the final rounds.
The Australian men’s team finished the event on a high note with wins over Malaysia and New Zealand, with gold Coast-based Shane Globits annihilating World bowls singles bronze medallist Russell Meyer in straight sets 12-5, 11-2.
"Shane hadn't played very well in the earlier matches, but he really turned on it this morning, and while I played some of my best bowls of the series he was too good," Meyer said.
Barrie Lester and Nathan Rice then wrapped-up the Test when they claimed their first win in the event 13-2, 6-6.
But the previously undefeated combination of Cornehls, Turley and Casey couldn’t continue their winning streak, losing to the Kiwi combination in straight sets.
Richard Girvan, Justin Goodwin and Gary Lawson sealed the victory with a count of four on the last end of the second set, taking the triples rubber 12-6, 10-10.
In the women’s event, Australia lost both their remaining Test matches against New Zealand and Malaysia.
The women’s triples combination of Noi Tucker, Roma Dunn and Ceri Ann Davies recorded back-to-back victories steamrolling New Zealand 10-9, 13-6 then notching up a 7-12, 10-8, 2-1 win over Malaysia.
Armitage and Murphy dropped both pairs games in straight sets.
Australian singles representative Maria Rigby struggled in the morning session going down to Jo Edwards of New Zealand 7-6, 9-7, and was narrowly defeated by Malaysia’s Siti Zalina Ahmad 7-7, 7-7, 2-1 in her last game.
The Test matches between Australia and New Zealand in this series also decided the annual Trans Tasman Trophy which New Zealand won for the first time in four years with a 5-1 Test scoreline.
Karen Murphy's stellar performance at the Tri Nations Cup.
DAY TWO--Despite the loss of the Trans Tasman Trophy to New Zealand, the Australian women’s Lawn Bowls team has enjoyed a return to form, defeating Malaysia 3-0 in its third Test match at the Tri Nations Cup.
After losses to New Zealand and Malaysia, Australia recorded a clean sweep by winning each of the singles, pairs and triples at the State Lawn Bowls Centre in Melbourne.
Australian indoor singles champion Maria Rigby started proceedings with a close fought win over Malaysia’s Siti Zalina Ahmad.
The undefeated pairs combination of Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy continued their stunning form by knocking off the Malaysians in straight sets 11-8, 7-7.
Noi Tucker, Roma Dunn and Ceri Ann Davies then completed the perfect scoreline.
DAY ONE-- Australia’s men have made a shaky start to the Tri Nations Cup, losing the opening test of the lawn bowls tournament against New Zealand 2-1.
The men recorded a straight sets victory in the triples, but went down in the singles and doubles to give New Zealand the overall win.
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