2023 Australian Indoor Singles Qualifiers

by Bowls ACT on June 26, 2023

Chloe Morrison (Vikings) and Adam Wallace (Queanbeyan) progress to the National Finals

Cool and windy winter conditions met the players competing for the chance to progress to the 2023 Australian Indoor Singles Finals as a high quality field took to the greens at Canberra Bowling Club over the weekend.

The Womens section was only small but was highly competitive and had some great matches. Rising junior bowler Telara Edwards fell to Chloe Morrison in the first round, but will have learned plenty from the experience. While Cherie Climas and Gina Dowley played out a fascinating contest with Climas getting the win in the three end tie-break.

The semi-finals saw two cracking contests with Chloe Morrison having to use her full bag of tricks to defeat Nicole Mengel while Cherie Climas was able to overcome Lyn Grigg in a tie-break to advance to the final.

The first set of the final went close, Chloe prevailing 9/8 before powering away in the second to claim her spot at the 2023 Australian Indoor Finals, winning in straight sets 9/8 & 8/3.

The mens competition nearly doubled in size from 2022 with a good mixture of players & clubs taking to the greens for their chance at a National Final. The first round saw some super tight games with Nick Hind taking it down to the last bowl against eventual winner Adam Wallace and Liam Walsh having to go even further with an extra end in the tie-break to get the win over Scott Dagwell.

The second round continued the theme with some excellent games, Logan O’Shaughnessy falling to clubmate Darren Peak in a nail-biting tiebreaker, while both Paul & Harvey McAlister had tie-breaks come down to the last bowl, but neither got the result, going down to Jamie Smith & Jamie Freeman respectively.

The third and final round of the day had four quality match-ups and again tie-breakers required to sort out the winners. Darren Peak & Gordon Elliot needing the extra ends to progress while James Smith & Adam Wallace progressed through in straight sets.

Day two and the semi finals saw Gordon Elliott make his way to the final 1.5 sets to 0.5 over Darren Peak & Adam Wallace going the full distance against James Smith but prevailing in the tiebreak 4/2.

The final shows the importance of winning sets and holding composure, Adam Wallace dropped the first set 10/1 before fighting back to claim the second set 10/8 to send the game to a tie-break. Three ends and three shot were all that was scored but in the end it was two shots to Adam Wallace, defeating clubmate Gordon Elliot to book his spot at the 2023 Australian Indoor Finals.