Australian Josh Barry struck gold at the CPISRA World Games this afternoon, Wednesday, when he won the individual bowls competition in style!
Nottingham proved not to be a happy hunting ground last week for Australia’s cricketers, but Josh was very much at home as he defeated England’s Laurie Turner (2-0).
The individual bronze went to England’s Steve Angus who defeated Australian Lucas Protopapas (2-1).
The final round of singles games produced some extremely close results with the placings not confirmed until the final end of a tie break set between Turner from England and Australia’s Protopapas. The Aussie took the win and with it a place in the bronze medal play-off. Turner’s superior shot difference meant that he went forward to the gold medal play-off.
In group 1, Josh Barry remained unbeaten although he was taken to a tie-break by England’s Les Smith. Barry moved forward to play Turner for the gold medal. Runner-up in the group was Steve Angus from England which meant that the bronze medal game also had an “ashes” flavour to it.
The final pairs group games were more straightforward affairs. With the Australians already assured of gold, and sitting out this set of games, the remaining pairs battled for the other placings. Both games saw England/Scotland contests with the English keeping in front from the start and ending victorious on both rinks. This meant that the final standings in the pairs were:
GOLD Australia – Josh Barry & Lucas Protopapas
SILVER England 2 – Les Smith & Steve Angus
BRONZE England 1 – George Pierrepoint & Laurie Turner
4th place Scotland 2 – Barry Jackson & John Wardrope
5th place Scotland 1 – Garry Brown & Fraser Mathieson
The singles concluded with the medal games. In the gold medal battle, Josh Barry was looking to add to his pairs gold and the Australian was soon in command against Laurie Turner. Barry took the first set 9-3 and was soon 7-0 in front in the second. Turner regained the jack for one end but shook hands after 5 ends.
The bronze medal game was a much closer affair. It looked for a while that Lucas Protopapas had the game in his hands. The teenage Australian comfortably won the first set 10-3 and moved to an early lead in the next. Opponent Steve Angus was not to be silenced though and the Englishman took control with four shots in end three and held on for a 6-5 set win. The first 2 tie-break ends were shared leaving the fate of the bronze medal down to the final eight woods of the competition. Angus steadily built up the head in his favour leaving Protopapas a pressure last wood. He failed to move anything and so Angus took the bronze with the narrowest of victories.
After the games, silver medallist Laurie Turner announced his retirement from International bowls. He has competed in the CP World Games since 1981, initially in track and field athletics. He first entered as a bowler in 2001.