The Black Jacks were stumped by the Australians at World
Bowls in Adelaide.
Australia dominated the championships and won five gold
medals. It pushed New Zealand back into the silver medals in
three of the four women's finals. It was also the Australian
men who put paid to New Zealand's gold medal chances when
they beat them in the semifinals of the singles and triples.
New Zealand won four gold medals in Christchurch four years
ago, but Australia made the most of home advantage this time.
It was still a creditable performance by the New Zealand team
to win five medals - three silver and two bronze - from the
It will have pleased High Performance Sport New Zealand and
made certain bowls retains its high performance funding for
the next four years.
World Bowls used to be dominated by England, Scotland and
Ireland when the event was first held in 1966 (men) and 1969
But the pendulum has swung and the strength of bowls is now
in the southern hemisphere. New Zealand dominated in 2008 and
Australia this year.
The star of the New Zealand team was Nelson bowler Val Smith,
who again displayed the temperament for the big time.
She was the only New Zealand bowler to get a medal at the
Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 when she won the silver
medal in the singles.
Smith won two gold medals in the singles and pairs in
Christchurch in 2008 and came home with two silver medals
this time. She lost her singles title to Australian Karen
Murphy in a close final.
Defending champions Smith and Jo Edwards were beaten 16-12 in
the pairs final by Australians Rebecca Quail and Kelsey
Edwards won the pairs in 2004 with Sharon Sims, and with
Smith in 2008.
The women's triples team of rookies Mandy Boyd and Lisa White
and the experienced Jan Khan lost the final to Australia's
Karen Murphy, Lynsey Armitage and Natasha van Eldik.
Australia heads the count after 12 World Bowls with 18 gold
medals and is followed by New Zealand 16, Scotland 13,
England and Ireland 12 and South Africa 10.
Peter Belliss has been the most successful New Zealand bowler
at World Bowls with gold medals in the singles (1984), pairs
(1988) and triples (2000).
Six bowlers have won two gold medals: Gary Lawson and Russell
Meyer (pairs and fours 2008), Rowan Brassey ( pairs 1988 and
fours 2000), Elsie Wilkie (singles 1973 and 1977), Jo Edwards
(pairs 2004, 2008), Val Smith (singles and pairs 2008).
• Val Smith (women's singles)
• Smith, Jo Edwards (women's pairs)
• Mandy Boyd, Lisa White, Jan Khan (women's triples)
• Shannon McIlroy (men's singles)
• Ali Forsyth, Matt Gallop, Tony Grantham (men's triples)