Nathan Pedersen and Steven Dennis will be the only men in the 2016 Australian Open to contest two finals when they line up for the $15,000 pairs final and the $19,000 fours finals on the penultimate day of competition.
Dennis and Pedersen put on a spectacular show in their semi-final encounter with Ballina’s Michael Anderson and Kris Lehfeldt, making every shot feel near impossible for the pair to pick up, especially in the early stages of the match when Pedersen jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
End after end Pedersen showed why he was last year’s best performed player at the Australian Open with shots that continually brought the crowd to their feet.
Dennis and Pedersen went on to win the match 18-7 and will meet NSW representatives Chris Herden and Matt Miles in the pairs final at Broadbeach, featuring live on Fox Sports at 2.00pm tomorrow – following the women’s singles final at 11.00am.
Matt Miles (Warilla, NSW) and Chris Herden (St Johns Park, NSW) were having a tussle with Andrew Howie (Club Helensvale, QLD) and Mac McLean (Western Creek, ACT) trailing 7-11, they got the scores back to even before picking up all important multiply scores of 3 and 4 on consecutive ends to provide the buffer leading into the penultimate ends.
On 16 end, Mac McLean kept their hopes alive sitting a bowl out for a count of four, leaving them chasing three for a draw on the final end; Matt Miles front toucher remained the shot until McLean’s final bowl however he only managed one shot.
Miles and Herden will contest their first Australian Open final after a consistent performance across all disciplines.
Kylie Whitehead (Wodonga), Tayla Spence (Bundoora RSL), Kristina Krstic (Manning) and Samantha Shannahan (Merrylands) will face Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria), Amelia Bruggy (Bendigo), Georgia White (Paradise Point) and Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach) in the Final of the Women’s Fours.
Shannahan’s team faced defending fours champions Natasha Scott, Carla Krizanic, Natalie Noronha and Samantha Noronha, in what was a neck and neck battle.
As with all great games, the match was decided with the skip’s final two bowls, it was Sam Shannahan who struck first, leaving the outcome of the game in Natasha Scott’s hands.
Natasha Scott drove with her final bowl, but was unable to reduce the deficit to clinch the victory, propelling the Shannahan team to win the game.
Chloe Stewart’s quartet faced Malaysia’s Azlina Arshad, Nor Hashimah Ismail, Nur Fidrah Noh and Siti Zalina Ahmad, in what was predicted to be
Chloe Stewart’s team had a dream start, asserting their dominance with a five on the opening end of their semi-final campaign.
The coveted Australian Open women’s singles final will see an experienced campaigner taking on a relative newcomer in what people are calling a David verse Goliath battle.
Australian Jackaroo Natasha Scott will contest her first Australian Open singles final tomorrow at 11.00am against Broadbeach local Dee-Anne Robertson, a former Tropical North Queensland representative with nothing to lose.