Cheadle knocks out former singles champ
Wiseman Park’s Jason Cheadle caused the first boilover of the South Pacific after eliminating former champion Ben Glasson in the singles at carnival headquarters Fairy Meadow.
Cheadle was too good for the 2015 champion Glasson winning 25-11 in round two after a tough 25-22 win over Camden’s Robert Patane in round one.
Cheadle lost by a shot against Figgy Bowlo’s Denis Cooper in rd 3 but won the section with 2wins+16, from Glasson (2wins+9) and Cooper (2wins 0).
Cheadle faced some pressure down 15-7 in round 3, with Glasson ahead in his match 19-0, but finished strongly to ensure a comfortable margin win.
‘’It’s my best win at the South Pacific,’’ Cheadle said.
‘’I was bowling well heading into the game against Ben and was able to continue playing well. A win like that gives you confidence that you can match it with anyone.’’
Cheadle’s best run in singles is the round of 16 and he takes on Corrimal’s Rick Murphy in the first knockout round on Saturday.
Almost 200 players in 48 sections at 14 clubs were chasing a spot in Saturday’s knockout round of singles.
Most of the big names won through comfortably, including defending champ Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta) who had 3wins+55 at Towradgi.
John Green, the 2010 and 2012 champ, had 3wins+55 at Albion Park, while Brett Pieper had three tight wins by a combined eight shots at Dapto.
Meanwhile, new Albion Park recruit Aaron Spears has his sights on making a final in one of his favourite events.
Spears has reached the fours final three times, plus made the singles semi-finals.
While defending champion Corey Wedlock looks the man to beat in singles, Spears wants to be among the local contenders.
‘’I’d love to make another final, that’s the goal,’’ Spears said.
‘’This is a great event and one of my favourites. There’s a terrific atmosphere for the semis and finals day and I’d like to be playing then.’’
Spears won section 5 at headquarters Fairy Meadow. After being pushed hard in a 25-23 win over Dave Caldwell (Huskisson) in round one he had a six shot win over Mick O’Neil (Crookwell) and a strong win over Warilla’s Robbie Tynan in round 3.
Tynan was 24-year-old Spears’ first coach when he took up bowls at age 10.
Finally, South Pacific officials will monitor the temperature on Thursday with mid-30s temperature expected for the sectional rounds of pairs.
Bowls Australia have an extreme heat policy with play to stop if temperatures hit the 36 or 37 degree mark.