2016 Victorian Open – Day 6
A new era has begun at the Victorian Open as live streaming featured for the very first time
Overnight the undercover green at Shepparton Park BC was transformed; and by the time the sun rose in the morning there were two scissor lifts, four cameras’, six grandstands and a number of very excited bowlers ready to go.
My Sport Live provided the set-up, and Bowls Victoria’s Guy Hand and Goulburn Valley’s own Daniel Nichols provided the commentary along with a host of special guests; Carla Krizanic, Josh Thornton, Mark Cowan and Nick McIntyre.
But it was a Canadian International and a Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist that kicked things off for the historic first Women’s and Men’s matches to be streamed live in HD at the Victorian Open.
Kelly McKerihen had defeated former Victorian Open Singles champ Carla Krizanic in the quarters, before her Semi-Final match-up with Amelia Bruggy. McKerihen looked poised to take control of the match a number of times, but 17 year old Bruggy didn’t looked phased by the camera’s or the occasion as she put on an outstanding display of draw bowling. It was McKerihen however, who held her nerve to take it out; 19-18 and will now face Anne Miles in the Women’s Singles Final, one of the strongest performers at this year’s Open.
Miles is also through to the Women’s Triples Final, with team mates Laureen Smith and Claire Sanders. They were victorious 16-15 in a close contest against Jan Morton, Caroline Reilly and Jane Ritchie.
Laureen Smith also teamed up with daughter, Rhoanna and the pair from Club Mulwala were too strong for Samantha Robinson and Mia Young; winning their Semi-Final 16-8. They progress to the Women’s Pairs Final to face Sandra Connolly and Marilyn Stephenson (Moama).
Crowd favourite Matthew Flapper (Ocean Grove) faced off with Leigh McIlvenny (Lorne), who was somewhat of an unknown commodity on Victoria’s biggest stage. In his first Vic Open, the long locks of McIlvenny didn’t look out of place on the TV rink, pushing his opponent for the majority of the match, before Flapper pulled away to win 21-13. Flapper was impressive with a variety of shots, and sets up a must-watch Men’s Singles Final against Lee Schraner.
Schraner was too good for Nick McIntyre in the Men’s Singles Semi-Finals, but McIntyre was among a host of bowlers who featured in more than one game on Day 6. His Men’s Triples side was too good for Flapper, Brad Orr and Josh Thornton; with McIntyre, Luke Eddington and Graham Guy taking out the match 15-10.
There were lots of other great results from Day 6 setting up some irresistible contents in the finals.
Make sure you tune in for all the action on the Final Day of the 2016 Vic Open, streaming live in HD right here on the Bowls Victoria website.
Fixtures, men’s singles (last 32)
Results, men’s singles finals
Fixtures, women’s singles finals
Results, women’s singles finals
Fixtures, women’s triples finals
Results, women’s triples finals
Fixtures, men’s pairs finals
Results, men’s pairs finals
Fixtures, women’s pairs finals
Results, women’s pairs finals
Fixtures, mixed pairs finals
Results, mixed pairs finals
UPDATED – Finals schedule
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