June 19, 2019 – Ottawa (On)
The Women’s Pairs and Triples events, taking place during the second half of the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships, are scheduled to begin on June 24th local time. Having completed Singles and Fours play already, the Canadians will be well-warmed up for the next stage of competition on the sunny Gold Coast of Australia.
With a two hour and fifteen-minute time limit, games will take place at 8:45am, 12:00pm, and 2:45pm local time each day from June 24 to June 26 for the round robin games, followed by playoffs and finals on June 27 and 28.
Kelly McKerihen (Toronto, ON) and Joanna Cooper (Calgary, AB) will team up for the women’s pairs portion of the competition. This is a new pairing for Canada. The duo had their first chance to play together during the 2019 Australian Open where they went 3-0 in sectional play to advance to the knock out rounds.
The big three in their Asia Pacific Championships group are Malaysia, Philippines, and New Zealand. These are also the last three games of the round robin, so each game will be critical by the time McKerihen and Cooper get to them. Malaysia’s skip, Siti Zalina Ahmad, won gold in women’s pairs at the Commonwealth Games, and was also in McKerihen’s section for the singles in the first half of this event. This should be the game to watch, and could be the decider for who finishes first and who finishes second in the pool.
In the women’s triples, Leanne Chinery (Victoria, BC), Jordan Kos (Regina, SK), and Jackie Foster (Bridgetown, NS) will join forces. Canada is hoping that the move of Chinery from leading Pairs to skipping the Triples will prove profitable. Leading the Triples is a familiar spot for Foster having played this position at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. While still new to the international scene, newcomer Kos is known for her steady play and clutch shots in the vice position.
Australia’s Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott and Carla Krizanic will be the team to beat in their pool, but Malaysia will prove difficult as well. At the last two major international events (Commonwealth Games and World Championships), Malaysia’s women’s triples squad has finished 5th and 3rd respectively. If Canada can keep it close against both Australia and Malaysia, they should be able to finish in the top three in their group and advance to the playoffs.
Live streaming 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
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