2015 Victorian Open – day 6 women’s
Carla Odgers is shooting for a third Victorian Open women’s singles title in four years.
Lisa Phillips is in the form of her life.
So Friday’s women’s singles final at Shepparton Park Bowls Club shapes as a classic, with two outstanding players at the top of their game.
Odgers has stepped purposefully through the tournament, coming through a couple of longer than usual matches in the lead-up but ticking over nicely.
She saw off another previous Vic Open champion Rebecca McMahon (City Bowls Club Colac) 19-17 in the round of 16.
Then on Thursday, Odgers beat Anne Miles (Yarrawonga) 21-13, before beating good friend and Sunbury clubmate Elise Cowan 21-17 in a tricky encounter.
Now the 2012 and 2014 champion faces recalled State player Phillips, who has been deep in all four disciplines at this tournament.
From day one, Phillips has been on.
If Phillips was any hotter right now, she’d burst into flames – winning her way into three finals on Friday.
Phillips started her Thursday with a big 21-11 win over Australian representative Chloe Stewart in Thursday’s singles quarter-final.
Phillips then ended a breakthrough tournament for State under 18 representative Tayla Morison (Melbourne BC) 21-12.
While Odgers has a great track record in Shepparton, Phillips won the 2012 women’s pairs at this event.
The match is scheduled for 4.45pm Friday.
Later on Thursday, Phillips also teamed with Nick McIntyre (Whittlesea) to make Friday’s mixed pairs final against Jordan Yates (Glenroy) and Amelia Bruggy (Bendigo).
Then Phillips and Melissa Larcombe (Broadbeach) won their semi-final on Thursday night to set up a women’s pairs final against Courtney Gabb and Jan O’Regan (Lilydale).
In the women’s triples final, Yarrawonga’s Claire Sanders, Anne Miles and Joy Johnson will play Moama duo Laurel Smith and Merilyn Rehe, and skip Gail Waitai of Queensland club Broadbeach.
Full results for women’s singles quarter-finals onwards here