Omar reigns supreme to take second Australian Open singles crown
In a fitting end to the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival, two of the best players in the world fought out a spectacular tug of war before Australian Jackaroo Aron Sherriff triumphed over his national team mate Brett Wilkie 21-15. In a fitting end to the World’s Biggest Bowls Festival, two of the best players in the world fought out a spectacular tug of war before Australian Jackaroo Aron Sherriff triumphed over his national team mate Brett Wilkie 21-15.
After a tight initial opening which saw both players neck and neck, Sherriff pulled out a big four to go 12-8 up. Wilkie then whittled down the margin to 11-12 with some tight ends and quality bowls.
However, Sherriff had all the answers as he played a number of bombs to get himself out of some pressure situations and eventually finished the game stronger and secure the title.
“I think it was a case of quality over quantity today. I was pretty lucky to pull out the big ones when I needed it so I’m pretty stoked.” said Sherriff.
“I want to play the big shots when I need to, that’s what it’s all about. I really tested myself in tough conditions today so I’m really glad to get out of it.” Sherriff said of converting the pressure shots today.
This is Sherriff’s second Australian Open singles crown, having previously claimed the title in 2010 in Victoria and he takes home a handy prize purse of $13,000.
It has been a long road to the final for him as he took down international players Paul Girdler, Mike Nagy, Barrie Lester and Aaron Wilson on the way to the final.
Both Sherriff and Wilkie will now turn their attention to the naming of the Australian Jackaroos squad for the World Championships, to be held in New Zealand in November, although both will be quietly confident following their strong performances so far.