Canada Off to Rocky Start in New Zealand

Posted date: November 25, 2013

The 2013 Champion of Champion event is underway in Christchurch New Zealand where Canada is being represented by 2012 Canadian Singles Championships Jeff Harding and Shirley Fitzpatrick-Wong.

Harding, who is having a homecoming of sorts was born in Rawene New Zealand, but now lives in Ontario and bowls out of the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club.  Fitzpatrick-Wong, who is no stranger to International play for Canada, has appeared in numerous events most recent being the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The Champion of Champions event features the best bowlers from across the globe battling in a singles format to be crowned World Champion.  Other participants include Jacky Wong, Shaun Scott, Dylan Fisher on the Men’s side and Jessica Sims, Lorna Smith and Michelle Arculli on the Women’s side.

Harding opened the competition against Norfolk Islands, who was represented by Brent Pauling.   In a first set that went back and forth, Pauling pulled away and won set one by a score of 11-7.  Second set didn’t change much with Pauling pulling away again and scoring a straight sets victory (11-7, 9-3).

Harding’s second match came against Alastair White of Scotland.  The first set again was a back and forth battle, with White narrowly coming away with a 2 point win.  The second set was equally as close, however Harding fell just short and dropped his record to 0-2 with another straight sets defeat (4-6,5-10).

Next up for Harding (0-2) are games against South Africa (1-0), Turkey (0-1) and Zimbabwe (1-1).

On the Women’s side, Fitzpatrick-Wong was in just as tough.  She opened her competition against Singapore, represented by Mary Lim.  This game was back and forth and came down to the last shot in both sets.  Lim came away with a close first set win (6-5) with the pair tying the second set 6-6 giving Lim the victory.

In her second match, Fitzpatrick-Wong was up against Esme Steyn and South Africa.  This match again was a close one and was decided in a third set. Fitzpatrick-Wong won the first set 11-9.  In set two, Steyn carried most of the play and tied it up with an 11-5 score.  In the deciding set, Steyn pulled away and scored a 3-1 win.

Next up for Fitzpatrick-Wong (0-2) are games against Wales (1-1) and Zimbabwe (0-2).

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