Defending women's pairs gold medalists Jo Edwards and Val
Smith booked an appointment with destiny at the world bowls
championships in Adelaide yesterday afternoon.
The prevailed in a gripping semifinal against the tenacious
Philippines combination of Maila Witheridge and Ainie Knight
to earn a spot in tomorrow's final against Australia's
Rebecca Quail and Kelsey Cottrell over 18-ends at Lockleys
The Black Jacks won their semifinal 13-12 in a four-hour
marathon and will continue their quest for back-to-back world
outdoor gold medals tomorrow.
Edwards and Smith always appeared in control of the match,
but whenever they established what appeared to be a
match-winning lead, the courageous Filipinos would dig deep
to find something special to keep themselves in the game.
But in the wash-up, the best friends emerged victorious when
the big points needed to be made.
And should they achieve successive gold medals, the question
remains, will they commit to another four-year stint in a bid
to match the legendary Irish combination of Margaret Johnston
and Phillis Nolan, who won three consecutive women's pairs
titles in 1988, 1992 and 1996.
Women's pairs: New Zealand beat Philippines 13-12, Australia
beat Scotland 24-1.
Men's pairs: Scotland beat England 13-12, Australia beat