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AUSTRALIA has left the
eight nations test event
in Delhi without a gold
medal after a disappoint-
ing end to a final day which had
promised so much.
What loomed as a fairytale fin-
ish to the tournament, with four
gold medals on offer, Australia
finished in a sea of silver as all
four fell at the final hurdle.
Australia's best chance at gold,
the men's pairing of Brett Wilkie
and Aron Sherriff, suffered their
first defeat of the week in a major
anti-climax to what had been a
"It was a very close affair, but
we just couldn't get over the line,"
Australian Coach Rex Johnston said
of the 5-9, 8-9 loss to arch rival
Kelsey Cottrell faltered in her
final against Siti Zalina Ahmad.
The Malaysian turned the tables
on the young Aussie, who had her
By NARELLE HENDERSON*
AFTER forming a number
of successful partnerships
with State-based bowls
the national depression initiative
is teaming up with the national
body, Bowls Australia, to raise
awareness of depression and
anxiety across the country in
The official launch of this
national partnership took place
on Friday 9 April at the Australian
Sides Championships in Adelaide.
The partnership between beyon-
dblue and the Australian bowls
community first began in 2008,
after a depression awareness-raising
initiative was organised by the
Wangaratta BC in country Victoria.
Since then, beyondblue has
formed State-based partnerships
with bowls associations in Victoria,
New South Wales and Western
Australia to help raise awareness
of depression and anxiety disorders
among members, their friends
beyondblue CEO, Leonie Young,
is delighted with the announce-
ment of the official three-year
"beyondblue is pleased to be
working with Bowls Australia
to get important mental health
information to everyone involved
in bowling communities Australia
wide," she said.
"Depression and anxiety disorders
are common, but with the right
treatment - most people recover."
Bowls Australia CEO, Neil Dal-
rymple, is also pleased with the
"With 2,024 bowls clubs nation-
wide, the sport of bowls is an
excellent medium for promoting
awareness of depression. We look
forward to a long and rewarding
relationship with beyondblue,"
The ongoing commitment by
bowls associations to create aware-
ness about depression, anxiety
and related disorders among their
members and communities is an
integral part of breaking down
the stigma associated with mental
Players and officials from all
State and Territory bowls asso-
ciations showed their support by
attending the national launch.
Ms Young added: "The appeal
of lawn bowls to people of all
ages and its accessibility to both
city and country residents, means
that everyone can get involved.
"We look forward to partnering
with the strong community net-
works of bowls clubs throughout
the country to help raise awareness
of depression and anxiety and
promote the help that's available."
Bowling away the blues
with a new partnership
measure in the qualifying rounds,
defeating Cottrell 9-4, 10-1.
"Kelsey was simply outplayed,"
"Lina played well and Kelsey
lost to a better player as the
"Kelsey did put in a great
effort during the event and was
a stand out."
The new women's pairing of
Lynsey Armitage and Natasha
Van Eldik completed their maiden
international tournament together
with a silver medal.
Defeated in the final by South
Africa, 6-8, 6-7, Johnston was full of
praise for the surprise packet pair.
"It was a very tight game
which could have gone either
way," he said.
"It was pleasing to see the girls
in their new combination and
they gave a great effort during
the entire competition, including
in the final."
There were medals to be had in
the triples events, too, as both the
women's and men's combinations
finished with silver and bronze
The women's trio of Sharyn
Renshaw, Claire Duke and Beth
Quinlan dropped the gold medal
match to England, while Mark
Berghofer, Wayne Turley and Mark
Casey claimed victory in the play-
off for third with a 12-4, 12-6 win
over Northern Ireland.
Women's singles -- AUS lost to MAS 4-9,
1-10. Final standings: gold - Malaysia,
silver - Australia, bronze - NZ.
Men's triples -- AUS def IRE 12-4, 12-6.
Final standings: gold - England, silver -
NZ, bronze - Australia.
Women's triples -- AUS lost to ENG 13-5,
7-8, 3-4. Final standings : gold - England,
silver - Australia, bronze - Malaysia.
Men's pairs -- AUS lost to NZ 5-9, 8-9.
Final standings : gold - NZ, silver: Australia,
Women's pairs - AUS lost to RSA 6-8,
6-7. Final standings : gold - South Africa,
silver - Australia, bronze - Scotland.
Australia - four silver, one bronze, one
* Narelle Henderson is the Events
and Projects Co-ordinator of
Australia misses gold on final
day of eight nation test event
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