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A great tournament for Lasky at Australian Open Lawn Bowls tournament

Posted: 19-Jun-2018 by Lawn Bowls

Gary Lasky (Maccabi Victoria Lawn Bowls Club President) and his partner Ian Ossher (NSW) faced their toughest test on a bowling green recently when they played a first round knockout match in the 2018 Australian Open Men’s Pairs title on the Gold Coast. Lasky and Osher, lost 17-8 to two of the 2018 Australian  Commonwealth Games Fours Silver medallists, Bret Wilkie and Nathan Rice (inset) at the Robina Club.

Lasky and partner were admitted into the last 128 as one of the 36 second best finishers from the 92 qualifying sections (368 teams) played over two days last week. When the event resumed Ossher and Lasky went down 17-8 to Queensland’s Bret Wilkie and Nathan Rice, who with Aron Sherriff and Barrie Lester, won the Fours Silver Medals at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In last week’s qualifying Section 57 Lasky  and Ossher scored seven points in the three-match round robin at the Mermaid Beach Bowling Club on June 12, but lost first place on an inferior shot margin. In the morning encounter they finished all square on 14 shots against 20-yearold brothers, Bryce and Cohen Litfin, from the near-by Ipswich Bowling Club. Then Ossher and Lasky fronted up to the Queensland combination of Kelvin Wiley and G. Butler taking the match 16-14. In the afternoon session they continued their good form with a narrow, but conclusive victory over the New Zealand visitors, Ralph Vulu and B. Brunenberg, by 15-13. Both pairs collected seven sectional points, but the Queenslanders won automatic qualification into the knock-out rounds with a shot aggregate of 50-33, compared to the Ossher-Lasky tally of 45-41 shots, which later gained them a draw in the first round of the knock-out phase.

Article and photo thanks to the Double Bay Bowls Club Newsletter -  Baywatch 18 June

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