Shepparton Park bowler Mark Ryan has been defeated in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.DAMEN FRANCIS February 20, 2014 4:35am
Shepparton Park bowler Mark Ryan has fallen one hurdle short of the Australian Open men’s singles final for the second time in his career.
Ryan lost yesterday’s semi-final 21-12 to Australian international Brett Wilkie, who last won the title in 2009 — the year Ryan first reached the final four.
Ryan, 30, booked his place in this year’s semi-finals with a 21-15 victory against Australian squad member Matthew Baus yesterday morning, winning 12 of the 20 ends played and leading by as many as eight shots after 17 ends.
The semi-finals were due to start at 1.30
Ryan gave up an early lead, but dragged a seven-shot deficit back to four.
However, an unsuccessful drive handed Wilkie four shots and an almost unassailable 20-9 lead.
To Ryan’s credit, he pegged back four shots over the next two ends, but Wilkie finally got the single shot he needed to advance to the $18
Wilkie will meet Bendigo’s Nathan Wilson, whose brother, Aaron, won the title last year.
There were mixed results for Goulburn Valley Bowlers in the fours events.
Kyabram trio Darren Boswood, Russell Locke and David Cartwright and Stanhope’s Merv Harvey were eliminated in the first round of the men’s fours, but at the time of writing, Shepparton RSL’s Dennis McHarry and Mal Williams of Shepparton Golf were still alive.
Playing with ex-Seymour bowler Luke Spargo and Bendigo’s Barry Anset, McHarry and Williams won their opening game on Tuesday night 19-13 and their second 16-13 yesterday morning. Their quarter-final was due to be played at 6.30
In the women’s fours, Mooroopna Golf’s Elsie Gale and Mooroopna’s Stacey Collier — playing with Kerri Leask of Benalla and Carol McEwen of Bendigo Golf — won their opening game 18-16, but were defeated 24-2 in round two.
The tournament concludes today.
Great time had at this year's Barmah Muster.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Friday’s annual primary inter-school cross country meet will see a broader variety of students taking part, as well as the introduction of a new finish line.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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