Asia Pacific Championships – Sectional Play Complete
June 26, 2019 – Gold Coast (AUS)
Sectional play of the second half of the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships being held on Gold Coast, Australia is complete. Canada has qualified for playoffs in three of the four disciplines.
Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) won his first round of the day against Papua New Guinea 21-20. Bester followed that up with a 21-19 victory over Malaysia, before finishing off the sectional play with a 21-8 victory over Norfolk Island. With an 8-1 record, Bester finished 2nd in his pool and will face Thailand in the quarterfinals. Thailand finished with a record of 6-2 in their section, with their only losses coming to the USA and New Zealand. The winner of this quarterfinal matchup will face Australia’s Ray Pearse in the semifinals, so expect Bester to be hungry to power through this match to face Pearse again.
The Canadian crew of Cam Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Cochrane, AB), Pat Bird (Calgary, AB), and Rob Law (Winnipeg, MB) started off day 3 with a tough loss to New Zealand, 20-10. The Canadians had a bye the following round before finishing off the sectional play with a 16-15 victory over Malaysia. With a record of 5-2-1, the Canadians finished 3rd in their group and will face Hong Kong in the quarterfinals. Hong Kong finished 3rd in their group with an identical record to Canada, so this should be a good matchup for both teams.
In the women’s pairs, Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) and Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB) won their first game of the day, 20-16 over the Philippines. The Canadian duo couldn’t quite figure out Malaysia in the next round, losing 22-15. The women finished off the sectional play losing a nail-biter, 17-14 against New Zealand. With a final record of 4-4, the Canadian pair finished 6th in their group and do not advance to playoffs.
Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Jordan Kos (Regina, SK), and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS) started off day 3 of the second half with a bye. The rest kept the women fresh as they came out guns blazing in round 8, with a 21-9 victory over Fiji. The women struggled to get going against Malaysia, and lost their final sectional game to Malaysia, 25-9. With a final record of 6-2, Canada finished 2nd in the group and will face New Zealand in the quarterfinals. The Kiwis finished with a record of 7-1-1, with their loss coming to India and their tie against the USA. This should be a very tough game for the Canadians, so they’ll need to bring their A game if they are to advance to the semifinals.
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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.
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