Victorian Open bowls | triples begins

By Alex Mitchell

Triples action roared into life yesterday as the Victorian Open bowls festival continued.

Barooga's Brett Wright teamed with Shepparton Golf's Brad Orr and David Daws to progress to the knockout phase of the Open, with a 20-5 win against the Zane Mikin-Laurie skipped Moama team enough to get them through.

Mathoura's David Murray, Paul Clear and Michael Humphries also won through, with a draw in their third group match enough to get them through by a single point.

Kyabram's Josh Cartwright and Billy Hatzie teamed with former Kyabram coach and current Tongala player David Cartwright to cruise through to the second round, winning all their three games to move through.

Hill Top's Ray Sellwood, Jeff McNaughton and Justin Spedding also swept their way through, winning each of their games comfortably.

Mark Diamond, John Foley and Graeme Myers also went undefeated in the group stage, winning two games and drawing another to reach the second round.

Tallygaroopna's Terry Lee White and Shane Carter and East Shepparton's Shane McIntosh won through, a one-shot advantage in shot differential getting them through with a 2-1 record.

Katamatite's Curt Hanley teamed with Alex Skilton and Brad Foote to go 3-0 and move through to the second round, as did the team of Geoff Franze, Daniel Nichols and Paul Nichols.

Pre-tournament favourites Lee Schraner, Brad Marron and Jay Bye-Norris won all their three matches to move through, topping a group that included Tongala's team of Steven Usher, Brad and Barry Tinning.

But reigning champions Russell Locke, Mitch Sidebottom and Matt Robertson were also in fine form, going 3-0 to head through as well.

● In women's triples, Mooroopna's Stacey Collier continued an outstanding Open by winning through to the knockout stages.

Collier, who is in the last 16 of the women's singles, won all three of her preliminary matches with Mary Tragardh and Maryanne Spizer to book a spot in the do-or-die draw.

Moama's team of Terri Thompson, Lyn Rogan and Bev Trengove looked the goods, winning all three of its matches to reach the knockout phase.

Fay Winther, Kerri Leask and Jody Nevill also flexed a degree of muscle, winning all three games to head through.

Former Seymour gun Alison Hall also moved through to knockout play, teaming with Trish Cullinane and Samantha Robinson to win all three pool matches.

Shepparton Golf's Rita Ivak also progressed, winning through with Marika Forras and Sandy Elliott.