June 18, 2019 – Ottawa (ON)
Day 1 is in the books for the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships being held on Gold Coast, Australia. Team Canada had a successful first day, going undefeated the first two rounds.
Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) won her first game against Niue quite handily, with a final score of 21-4. McKerihen followed that up with a 21-17 win over Fiji, before losing a nail-biter 21-20 to Papua New Guinea. This puts McKerihen in 3rd place in her section with a record of 2-1.
The Canadian crew of Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Jordan Kos (Regina, SK) Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB), and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS) started off with a bang, beating Norfolk Island 21-13. The ladies had a bye in the second round, and finished the day with a 21-3 victory over Niue. With a 2-0 record, the Canadians sit in 3rd place in their pool, behind New Zealand and the Philippines who both went 3-0.
In Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB) and Ryan Bester’s (Hanover, ON) first international game together, the duo defeated Japan 22-15. In the second round, the Canadian pair kept rolling, defeating China 22-10. The duo finished the day with a bye, to give them a record of 2-0 to start the event. The Canadians find themselves in 3rd place in their section.
Greg Wilson (Cochrane, AB), Cam Lefresne (Enfield, NS), and Pat Bird (Calgary, AB), got off to a hot start in the men’s triples. For Wilson and Lefresne, they got some sweet revenge against Norfolk Island with a 19-7 victory. Norfolk Island beat Wilson and Lefresne in the bronze medal match of the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, making yesterday’s victory that much sweeter. In the second round, the Canadian trio snuck away a 15-14 victory over Malaysia before coming up short against India in the final game of the day, losing 19-8. With a 2-1 record, the Canadians find themselves sitting in 3rd place in their group.
Live streaming can be found on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BowlsAustralia
For standings and results: https://www.bowls.com.au/events-page/international-events/2019-asia-pacific-championships/
2019 Asia Pacific Championships Team Canada Roster
Men’s Singles: Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON)
Men’s Pairs: Ryan Bester, Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB)
Men’s Triples: Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Cochrane, AB), Pat Bird (Calgary, AB)
Men’s Fours: Cameron Lefresne, Greg Wilson, Pat Bird, Rob Law
Women’s Singles: Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON)
Women’s Pairs: Kelly McKerihen, Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB)
Women’s Triples: Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Jordan Kos (Regina, SK), Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS)
Women’s Fours, Leanne Chinery, Jordan Kos, Joanna Cooper, Jackie Foster
About 2019 Asia Pacific Championships
The 2019 Asia Pacific Championships will take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland from June 18 to 28 and feature teams from 18 countries. The event will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale and Musgrave Hill Bowls Club. The Asia Pacific Championships is a qualifying event for the World Bowls Championships 2020 which will also be held at the same venues in May and June next year.
About Bowls Canada
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