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Australia’s lawn bowls golden girls end drought

Lawn bowls
9 Apr 2018 by Damien Haffenden

Australia has won gold in the women's fours with a 18-16 victory against South Africa at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

The Australian team of Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha Scott defeated South Africa's Esme Kruger, Nicolene Neal, Johanna Snyman, and Elma Davis.

It’s been 12 long years since the Australian lawn bowls team tasted gold at the Commonwealth Games. Australian coach and 2006 Gold medalist Kelvin Kerkow said the home ground was definitely an advantage for the Jackaroos.

”Broadbeach [is] where the players have been participating, practicing and trialing in all conditions,” he said.

Kelsey Cotterell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca van Asch and Natasha Scott of Australia celebrate victory during women's Fours gold medal match Broadbeach Bowls Club. Image: Getty.
Kelsey Cotterell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca van Asch and Natasha Scott of Australia celebrate victory. Photo: Getty.

In the men’s pairs, Welsh underdogs Marc Wyatt and Daniel Salmon came from 5-1 behind after five ends to win the men's pairs gold medal match 12-10 against defending Commonwealth Games Scotland champions Alexander Marshall and Paul Foster.

On winning the gold medal, Marc Wyatt said, "It wasn't a surprise. When playing in a Commonwealth Games match, you have to back yourself. We have played some good sides and played well. Again today, we played a good side and did what we had to do and came away with a gold medal.

"You always have to back yourself."