Thulborn leads a stellar Men’s Fours title defence
Defending Men’s Fours champions Steven Dennis, Nathan Pedersen, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn have reclaimed their title in an exhilarating match this morning against Josh Thornton, Jerome Coles, Wayne Wilson and Barrie Lester, defeating them 16-13. Defending Men’s Fours champions Steven Dennis, Nathan Pedersen, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn have reclaimed their title in an exhilarating match this morning against Josh Thornton, Jerome Coles, Wayne Wilson and Barrie Lester, defeating them 16-13.
Dennis and Pedersen have already had a successful Australian Open campaign securing dual Australian Open titles, after claiming the Pairs title yesterday.
“Pretty excited, but a bit drained to be honest after the last day,” said Dennis.
“I’m happy that we got up in the end.”
Thulborn’s four maintained a steady lead throughout the match, where after the twelfth end they were up nine shots, 15-6, however, Lester’s team retaliated strongly, gaining a five on the penultimate end to put themselves right back into the match with the final end to play at 15-13.
Yet in the final end, Thulborn’s four showed why they were the defending champions, masterfully gaining a one to win the match and take home the $12,000 for a second consecutive year.
Dennis commented on how difficult the Australian Open can be, with matches won and lost in the final ends of play.
“Even when we were 7-up, I still thought that they had a chance, and if we dropped a number, they were back in the game, and we did, and it got tight there in the end,” said Dennis.
“All the team’s we’ve played against have been really solid leading up to it.”
On the dynamics between the four players, Dennis relies on the friendship between the championship teammates to be successful on the green.
“We’re all really good mates and I guess that goes a long way with being able to bowl well,” said Dennis.
“There’s always someone to back them up and we all pitch in together.”