Canadian Women Advance to Quarter-Finals

April 6, 2018 | 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Canadian Lawn Bowlers continue strong start at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Women’s Fours of Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Pricilla Westlake (Delta, BC), Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB) and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS) have secured their spot in the quarter-final round of Women’s Fours competition.  The foursome played their last game of the round robin against Niue. Sitting in third place in their pool, this was a must-win game for Canada. With Scotland (2-0) and Wales (1-1) facing off in the other round robin match, Canada needed to win by a large margin to guarantee they would win the point differential tie breaker to advance to the quarter-finals and they certainly delivered with a 20-9 victory.   The quarter-finals will be played on April 7th at 2:01 am EDT.

Earlier in the day, Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) also secured her spot in the quarter-finals of Women’s Singles.  Maintaining her dominant play with a 21-7 victory over Cook Island’s Nooroa Mataio. McKerihen kept her undefeated streak going, by defeating Kenya’s Eunice Mbugua 21-10. With the victory over Kenya, McKerihen improved her record to 4-0, guaranteeing herself a spot in the quarterfinals. McKerihen still has one more game to play against Norfolk Island’s Carmen Anderson. Although this game won’t affect the advancement to the quarter-finals, it will determine which athlete will finish first in the pool.  “I think I have to go in as a preparation game because I’m going to be having two games tomorrow. I want to have the chance to build some confidence, play consistently to bring the momentum into tomorrow afternoon’s game”, said McKerihen.  The Women’s Singles quarter-finals will be played on April 7th at 7:01 pm EDT.
In Men’s Triples action, Cameron Lefresne (Enfield, NS), Greg Wilson (Calgary, AB) and Chris Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON) picked up their first win of the Games by defeating Singapore 13-12. Canada continued their excellent play in the next round against title contender New Zealand. Despite dropping a few big ends, the game came down to the wire with New Zealand up 14-13 going into the final end. Canada couldn’t quite pull through and lost 16-13. The Canadian trio face Niue April 6th at 7:01 pm EDT.

The Men’s Pairs duo of Ryan Bester (Hanover, ON) and Ryan Stadnyk (Niagara Falls, ON) faced a difficult Malta duo to wrap up play on Day 2.  Malta got on the board early with a big four in the opening end and never looked back.  The Canadians battled through to the very end, but ultimately were unable to overcome Malta’s momentum.  Final score 26-12 for Malta.  The “#TwoRyans” face a must win situation when they meet Australia in the final game of their section at 10:30 pm EDT April 6th.

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For more information, please contact:
Anna Mees, Executive Director, Bowls Canada Boulingrin 

About the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event that takes place every four years amongst the Commonwealth countries. The 2018 event will take place along the Gold Coast of Australia, with the bowls portion of the event being hosted at the Broadbeach Bowls Club from April 4 – April 13, 2018. 

About Bowls Canada Boulingrin
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