Last weeks national Championships saw the Northern Territory well and truly represented with the Men taking out silver and several others just missing out on bronze medals against the best from across Australia. Last weeks national Championships saw the Northern Territory well and truly represented with the Men taking out silver and several others just missing out on bronze medals against the best from across Australia.
Our men’s Triples trio of Ralph Fair, Graeme Kitto, and Stan Smolski, took out the silver medal going down to Queensland in the final. A magnificent effort from the top enders who took the game up to the Queenslanders right until the end.
Broadbeach’s Sean Ingham, Kevin Anderson and Ryan Bester added a third title to the Queensland contingent’s ledger, at the halfway point of the competition’s eight disciplines.
The Gold Coast-based trio, who represent Australia’s development team, Scotland and Canada respectively, secured a 5 shot victory over the Northern Territory team 19-14, to claim the Australian Championships’ men’s triples title at Club Sapphire in Merimbula.
While relegated to a silver medal, it was an exceptional achievement from the Top Enders, who boast just seven clubs and a few hundred members across the whole Territory.
In the Women’s event Raymond Terrace’s Lynne Thompson, Genevieve Delves and Natasha Scott went one step further than their first attempt to claim a national title, walking away with a golden medallion around their necks on this occasion.
Top End’s Lauren Kingsley, Carolyn Smolski and Colleen Orr lost 18-13 to Queensland’s Anne-Marie Peart, Jessica Srisamruaybai and Mellisa Larcombe in the women’s triples to miss out on a bronze medal.
In the Men’s Pairs bronze match, the Northern Territory’s Graeme Kitto and Trystan Smallcombe narrowly missed out on a bronze medal, going down to Victorian pair John McCarron and Ben Hubber 19-15.
The Men’s fours just missed on winning their section against Queensland who held a 2 shot advantage at the end of the section matches to progress into the final. Queensland went on to win the final against NSW, whilst the NT foursome lost the bronze medal match against WA.
The Men’s singles saw Trystan Smallacombe fight it out with Aron Sherriff in a colossal battle for the rights to progress into the Gold Medal match. Smalacombe at one stage held a strong lead but Sherriff was able to claw back to eventually take the match 25/24.
Smallacombe then faced Nathan Rice in the bronze medal match. Whilst going down 25/15, Smallacombe went down fighting in a top display of quality bowling.