Former Moama bowler Claire Turley (nee Duke) won the Australian Open women's triples crown on Friday.GEORDIE COWAN February 28, 2013 4:04am
Australian Open triples winners (from left) Sam Shannahan, Claire Turley and Lisa Phillips.Photo Glenda Duke
Former Moama bowler Claire Turley has returned to her winning ways with a victory in the Australian Open women’s triples grand final on Friday.
Better known under her maiden name of Duke — the name change came about after she married Wayne Turley last month — Turley teamed up with Sam Shannahan and Lisa Phillips to take the title at Darebin International Sports Centre.
Turley and her teammates clinched the title only after they found their way through a minefield of contenders in the past two weeks, having only secured their spot in the main draw through the ‘last chance qualifying’.
Steamrolling to a 7-4 first set, the trio looked dangerous early against Nicole Shortis, Jane McMenaman and Kirsty Poile, and continued to press their case for glory into the second set, but only just managed to avoid a tie-break scenario when Phillips knocked her teammate’s bowl onto the jack to split the set 8-8.
Despite now living in Sydney, Turley still has close ties to the area with her bowls coach Geoff Cameron living in Moama.
Since the win, Turley has also been named in the initial Jackaroos Australian squad for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, next year.
The eight-player squad will be trimmed to five before the games and will see the players compete in lead-in test events in Scotland.
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