Tiff and Josh bring further Vic glory at Open
It’s been an extraordinary Australian Open for Victorian teenager Tiffany Brodie.
Making the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, beating one of Australian lawn bowls’ stars in Natasha Scott along the way, and then claiming her own Australian Open title to finish with a flourish.
The 17-year-old from Fitzroy Victoria has taken out the hearing impaired women’s singles title, beating Janet Hogan in their final at the Gold Coast.
And to add to a big day for Victoria, Josh Thornton won two titles.
First the East Shepparton bowler beat fellow Victorian Josh Barry 21-10 in the physical disability men’s singles final, before teaming with NSW bowler James Reynolds to win the pairs final.
Their successes added to Sunbury’s Carla Odgers’ thrilling win in the women’s fours final earlier in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Victorians Jayden Christie (Werribee) and Josh Corless (Bundoora) capped off their own memorable tournaments by making the semi-finals of the under-18 boys’ singles.
Both also made serious progress through the men’s tournament – Christie making the last 16 of the men’s singles before losing to eventual men’s finalist Ryan Bester.
Gippsland duo Brendon Elliott (Somerville) and Joanna Lomagna (Korumburra) were also runners-up in their respective singles finals for bowlers with an intellectual disability.