Bhartu Defends Indoor Title
Ottawa, Ontario | October 28th, 2018
Hirendra Bhartu (Qualicum Beach LBC, British Columbia) and Josephine Lee (New Westminster LBC, British Columbia) are the Canadian Indoor Singles Champions for 2018.
On the men’s side, Bhartu finished the round robin with a 9-2 record to sit in sole possession of first place. Richard Yau (Granville Park LBC, BC) finished in second with a record of 8-3, narrowly beating Jon Braun (PIBC, BC) by having more sets won. John Bjornson (Norwood LBC, MB) would make it to the bronze medal match with a record of 7-4.
In the gold medal game, Yau got off to a quick start, taking the first set 9-8. The second set was all Bhartu, as the defending champion found his draw weight and forced a tie-break by winning the second set 10-6. In the tie-breaking set, Bhartu continued his dominant draw bowling to claim the Indoor title for the 3rd consecutive year. For Bhartu, he will be representing Canada at the World Cup for his sixth time.
In the bronze medal match, Braun and Bjornson battled fiercely in a close game. Although both sides rolled some excellent bowls, it would be Braun who would claim the bronze, winning the first set 8-7, and tying the second set 9-9.
On the women’s side, Rainbow Lung (PIBC, BC) finished in first place with a record of 8-1. Her only loss came to Josephine Lee in the round robin. Lee finished with a record of 7-2, just ahead of Emma Boyd (Tsawwassen LBC, BC) who also had the same record but fewer sets won. Linda Ng (PIBC, BC) would make it to the bronze medal match with a record of 5-4.
In the gold medal game, Lung got off to a hot start and took the first set handily with a score of 11-3. However, Lee retaliated in the second set, winning 7-6 to force a tie-breaker. In a thrilling final three end set, Lung had no answer for Lee’s dominant play.
In the bronze medal game, Boyd and Ng traded blows throughout the match. In the end, it would be Ng who would claim the bronze, winning 9-4 and 10-5.
By claiming gold, Bhartu and Lee have earned the right to compete in Warilla, New South Wales, Australia at the 2019 World Cup from March 5 to 13, 2019.
For final results, please visit: http://www.bowlscanada.com/en/championship/2018champ_indoor.html
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