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Malaysia rolls to victory 

21 Mar 06 01:48
 Ecstatic: Malaysian captain Ismail Nor Hashimah celebrates victory.

Ecstatic: Malaysian captain
Ismail Nor Hashimah celebrates

Malaysia has spoiled the Australian Women's Triples party by overpowering them in the final of the Women’s Triples Final in the Lawn Bowls Competition.

In a tough battle for gold, the Australian team fought desperately hard to force a tie in the first set 12-12 only to be outmanoeuvred in the second set 13-4.

The Malaysian women Azmi Nor Iryani, Azlina Arshad and skipper Ismail Nor Hashimah, silenced the home crowd with their brilliant play.

In the first set, both teams began slowly. Malaysia led 3-1 after scoring two on the third end before Australia picked up four and a five to lead 10-3 after 5 ends.

Australia allowed Malaysia back into the match when the visitors scored two sets of two and a five to lead 12-10 with one end to play.

The Australian team had an opportunity to win on the last end, but failed to add to the two shots that it held, leading to a 12-all draw.

The second set began the same way with both teams feeling their way through the ends. Malaysia led 3-2 after four ends but then scored a two on the fifth end and a four on the sixth to lead 9-2 and that was just about that.

Ismail Nor Hashimah said after the match that they were so grateful to their host city of Richmond.

“We have been away from Malaysia for two months and their hospitality was outstanding,” she said.

“We will go back to Richmond to show them our medals. We conquered Melbourne to achieve our goal.”

The pain and anguish of losing gold was clear on the faces of Australia's Ceriann Davies, Noi Tucker and Roma Dunn.

Davies expressed her disappointment after the match saying that silver was not good enough for her.

“Other countries might well be satisfied with gold, but for me, that is not the case, I have to come back and win gold,” said Davies.

For more results, visit the Lawn Bowls Schedule and Results section of this Website.

- Games News Service

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