New Zealand had to settle for a silver medal at the World
Bowls in Adelaide yesterday when Jo Edwards and Val Smith
were narrowly beaten in the women's pairs final at Lockleys
It was the Australian combination of Rebecca Quail and Kelsey
Cottrell which claimed the gold medal by four shots after a
tense 18-end affair in the baking South Australian sun.
The result was not formalised until the last bowl of the
match was delivered by Edwards - a weighted shot seeking to
craft a count of three for an extra end.
However, when her attempt slid past its target, the dream of
three consecutive pairs gold medals for Edwards and
back-to-back wins for Smith was over.
The Black Jacks also secured a bronze medal yesterday when
the trio of Ali Forsyth, Matt Gallop and Tony Grantham lost
out in another tense transtasman finish to Mark Casey, Brett
Wilkie and Wayne Ruediger in the men's triples semifinal.
After trailing throughout, Forsyth and his men fought back to
be one in arrears with one end to play, but were stymied when
the Australians claimed a single on the last.
The New Zealand women's trio of Mandy Boyd, Jan Khan and Lisa
White thrilled the huge crowd of Kiwi supporters yesterday
when they firstly defeated Hong Kong to gain a semifinal
berth, then came from behind to dispose of the crack Scottish
combination for a spot in the gold medal playoff against