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Shepparton Park's Mark Ryan through to Australian Open quarter-finals

Shepparton Park bowler Mark Ryan scored two narrow victories yesterday to win through to the final eight in the Australian Open men's singles.

HANNAH DRISCOLL February 19, 2014 4:50am

Mark Ryan won through to the final eight competitors of the men's singles at the Australian Open yesterday with two 21-19 wins.

Shepparton Park’s Mark Ryan has won through to the final eight players of the men’s singles at the Australian Open after two 21-19 wins yesterday.

Ryan met Craig Mills yesterday morning in the third round of the singles, with Mills fresh off a second-round 21-9 win against defending champion Aaron Wilson on Tuesday.

Ryan was 18-19 down with Mills holding two before he trailed the kitty for three with his last bowl, but Mills was able to force the match to another end when he drew third shot with his last bowl.

Mills again held two shots until Ryan drew shot with his second bowl.

‘‘He missed his two upshots he played, just trying to draw to sit on mine, and he missed just. It was lucky,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘It was just one of those games where one minute I thought I was going to lose, next minute I was holding the win, then I didn’t and had to play an extra end.

‘‘It was just good to get through that game, it was a quality game.’’

Ryan had a poor start to his round-four match against South Australian Wayne Ruediger, finding himself 0-6 down.

He said it took him about four ends to get into the match, then improved enough to take the lead before Ruediger drew level again.

‘‘Then we got back to 12-all and 14-all and we were pretty level from there on and then we ended up getting to 19-all so that was really close, and I got a two in the last end,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘I drew a toucher second bowl and he missed with his next two and I drew to add with my last one to win the game.’’

Ryan, who was disappointed to have been knocked out of the men’s pairs with Parkers’ teammate Brad Orr on Monday, said he was thrilled to reach this stage of the competition.

‘‘You just don’t know, do you, but you hope to get to this stage,’’ he said.

‘‘Obviously it takes a lot of time to get to this position. You don’t get these chances every day so I’m going to make the most of it now I’ve come this far.’’

Ryan will meet Australian under-25 player and NSW representative Matthew Baus this morning.

The women’s pairs competition also started yesterday, but the Goulburn Valley bowlers were unable to survive the opening round.

Shepparton Park’s Sandra Wallace and Margaret Smyth had the tough task of challenging Victorian Carla Odgers and Jackaroos teammate Rebecca van Asch in the first round and succumbed 9-16.

Mooroopna Golf’s Elsie Gale and Mooroopna’s Margaret Anderson’s hopes were also dashed with a first-round loss, 6-17.

Gale remained in action last night when the men’s and women’s fours competitions, featuring Shepparton Golf’s Mal Williams, Shepparton RSL’s Dennis McHarry, Mooroopna’s Stacey Collier and Gale, kicked off.

Ryan stepped into Williams’ and McHarry’s team to replace Bendigo’s Barry Ansett.

Ryan thanked all the supporters who had cheered him on the past three days.

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