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W ARILLA BC recently held
a very successful World
Cup and Junior World
The organisers Garry and Elanore
were held up in England, and
competitors from Europe had
to withdraw due to the airport
This meant that Garry and
Elanore had to make new draws,
as competitor after competitor
Under the guidance of General
Manager Neil Bayo and his staff,
the tournament commenced on
schedule on Thursday 21 April.
Garry and Elanore finally arrived
on the Friday night.
The event concluded on schedule
on 29 April.
Large crowds of spectators over
the week were treated to first class
bowls by the competitors.
Australia's Leif Selby reaffirmed
his billing as one of the sport's
genuine superstars after success-
fully defending his World Cup
crown at Warilla.
He had booked a berth in
the championship decider with a
10-7, 9-1 demolition of Canada's
Selby backed up to provide a
master class against national team-
mate Anthony Kiepe, who pushed
him every step of the way with
one-set-each, all-square in the tie
Leif was down on the head with
one bowl to play and he elected
to go for jack -- and did not miss.
The final score was 9-2, 6-7, 3-2.
Despite being close friends off
the green, that mattered for little
once the first bowl was delivered
in anger, as Selby claimed his 14th
win in succession at the tourna-
ment and became the first man
in history to go back-to-back.
Jo Edwards (New Zealand) also
created history by wining the
women's title for the second year
in a row.
For a successive year, Australian
superstar Karen Murphy entered
the World Cup final against New
Zealand's Jo Edwards with an
unblemished record to her name.
But try as she might, she was
unable to secure the ultimate prize.
While last year's match came
down to the final bowl of the
tie-break, this year was just as
painful, with Edwards fighting
her way back from a 2-8 deficit
midway through the second set,
to snatch a 7-4, 8-8 win.
Having reached the semi-finals
in 2008, Murphy's overall record
at the tournament is a stagger-
But that win/loss ratio served
as little consolation for the world
number five, who has dreamt
about claiming the crown in her
own backyard for as long as she
During the opening set, Murphy
could not take a trick, with the
rub of the green escaping her -- a
By NORM CHANT
far cry from her match against Siti
Zalina Ahmad when it appeared
she could do no wrong.
Slowly, however, the momen-
tum began to change, and with
the crowd urging her on, the
35-year-old opened up a healthy
lead before Edwards rattled off
six straight shots, including a
triple on the last, to claim back-
Australia's Sam Shannahan has
obtained the ultimate redemption
at the Junior World Cup just a
year after losing the title on a
Shannahan, who hails from the
small town of Lara, just outside
of Geelong, was crowned the
world's best under-25 player as
she displayed nerves of steel to
hoist the trophy aloft.
Despite dropping her opening
game of the competition to South
Africa's Brun Roussow, Shannahan
(20) rattled off her final seven
to continue Australia's incredible
record at the tournament.
Since the inaugural Junior World
Cup in 2005, Australia has claimed
the crown on five of the six occa-
sions, with Queensland's Lynsey
Armitage going back-to-back before
NSW's Mel Macaulay repeated
While Shannahan lost last year's
title on a count back after finishing
tied on games with New Zealand's
Genevieve Baildon, there would be
no repeat on this occasion as she
entered knowing victories against
Hong Kong/China's Vanessa NG
and Canada's Kelly McKerihen
would seal her the crown, and
she duly delivered.
Speaking in the moments follow-
ing her win, the young Victorian
said she was over the moon. "It's
a great feeling," Shannahan said.
"I guess after last year, anything
less than a victory would have
been disappointing, but it's great.
"I'm not sure that it has sunk in
yet, and it might not until I'm
standing there with the trophy
at the presentation."
Warilla BC will hold this event
again next year.
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