June 19, 2019 – Ottawa (ON)
Day 2 is in the books for the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships being held on Gold Coast, Australia. Team Canada had another good day, lining them up well for playoff contention.
The Canadian crew of Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Jordan Kos (Regina, SK) Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB), and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS) are still undefeated at the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships. Round 4 saw the ladies steamroll to a 20-5 victory over Singapore. In round 5, the Canadian crew defeated India 21-9, before closing out the day with a 29-4 victory over Macau in round 6. The women are 5-0 and sit in first place in their pool. With 3 rounds to go, the Canadian crew will face New Zealand, USA, and the Philippines. Canada just needs to pick up one win out of those games to guarantee a spot in the playoffs. New Zealand is also 5-0, while Philippines are 5-1, so it will be a good challenge for the Canadians.
Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) won round 4 against China 21-16. She followed that up with a big game against Australia’s Kelsey Cottrell, winning 21-15. McKerihen finished the day with a 21-11 victory over Macau, giving her a record of 5-1. McKerihen sits in 2nd place in her pool, behind Malaysia who is 6-0. With 3 rounds left in sectional play, McKerihen’s final opponents are Thailand, Malaysia, and Philippines. If McKerihen can win 2 of those 3 games, she guarantees herself a spot in the playoffs.
Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB) and Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) had a tough second day. Round 4 saw the duo fall to Philippines 18-15. The pair turned it around in round 5 and picked up a win against Hong Kong by a score of 18-15 as well. The Canadians finished the day against a tough pair from New Zealand, Shannon McIlroy and Gary Lawson. Despite their best efforts, New Zealand took the win, 15-11. Law and Bester now sit in 5th place in their pool with a record of 3-2. The last 3 rounds will see Canada take on Fiji, Norfolk Island, and Samoa. With their current record of 3-2, the Canadian duo should do their best to win all 3 games to give themselves the best shot at advancing. With Norfolk Island in 2nd place at 4-1, Philippines in 3rd place at 4-1, and Hong Kong in 4th place at 3-3, a lot could happen in those final 3 rounds.
Pat Bird (Calgary, AB), Greg Wilson (Cochrane, AB), and Cam Lefresne (Enfield, NS) started off day 2 with a win over Macau, 21-12. In round 5, it was an all offense type of game, with Canada taking the win, 25-20. The trio finished out the day with a nail-biter loss to Hong Kong 18-16. The Canadians now sit in 3rd place in their pool with a record of 4-2. Canada will finish off sectional play against New Zealand, Fiji, and will have a bye. It may be possible to advance to the playoffs by winning just one of those two games, but that would be leaving a lot to chance. To be safe, the Canadians should double down and win both if they can.
Live streaming will be available on June 22 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
Bowls Canada Boulingrin (BCB) is the governing body responsible for lawn bowls in Canada. The BCB mission is to advance the sport of bowls in Canada. For more details on Bowls Canada Boulingrin and the sport of lawn bowls, visit www.bowlscanada.com.
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