Natasha loses top ranking

SETBACK: Natasha Scott playing for Australia at the World Bowls Series last year in Christchurch, New Zealand. Picture: Getty ImagesRaymond Terrace’s Natasha Scott has lost her No.1 Australian women’s ranking after losing a thrilling match 21-20 to Sue Brady in round of 16 of the Australian Open on the Gold Coast.

Scott, the defending Open champion and reigning national female Bowler of the Year, beat her closest rival inthis year’s ranking race, Victoria’s Carla Krizanic, 21-9 in the round of 32.But her loss to Queenslander Brady means she gained only a four-point advantage over Krizanic in the final event of the rankings season, not enough to keep her title.

Scott and Krizanic are playing together in the pairs and are into the quarter-finals. Maddison Fennell andMolly Wilton (Raymond Terrace) lost in the round of 16.

Shannon Gittoes (Nelson Bay) qualified for the quarter-finals of the blue-ribbon men’s singles with a nail biting 21-19 win against Glenn Scott (Victoria). He was due to meet Aaron Teyes (Warilla) on Tuesday evening.

Sam Laguzza (Kahibah) is in the men’s fours quarter-finals on Wednesday morning playing lead for Sean Baker (Queensland) against Aaron Wilson (NSW).

**Newcastle District State Senior Singles champion Michael Beesley (Beresfield) begins his title defence on Saturday with a tough first-tound match against Richard Garvey (Edgeworth) at Windale-Gateshead.

**Only two previous winners are contesting the Newcastle District State President’s Singles from Saturday. Titleholder Lance Jackson (Raymond Terrace) meets Danny Moore (Wangi) at Kotara and 2013 champion Paul Delforce (Kahibah) plays Harold Ellercamp (Swansea Workers) at Belmont.

**Newcastle travel to Gulgong this weekend for the annual representative fixtures against Western NSW, Central Coast and Illawarra.

Soldiers Point’s Alvin Gardiner will make his Newcastle debut as third for clubmate Terry Antram, with Warren Shipley (Beresfield) as lead and Jason Pietraszek (Soldiers Point) as second.

Bruce Bull (Windale-Gateshead) returns to the side after an absence of 10 years as third for Lennon Scott (Raymond Terrace), with Raymond Terrace’s Haydn Bojkowski and Jason Stokes as lead and second.

Richard Girvan (Nelson Bay) will skipper the rink of Brian Bateman (Soldiers Point), Jarrod Duncan (Alder Park) and Shannon Gittoes (Nelson Bay).AMatt Baus (Raymond Terrace) will be in charge of Shaun Richards (Raymond Terrace), Jakob Graham (Nelson Bay) and David Govan (Valentine).

**Entries close on Wednesday at the association office for the Newcastle District Major Singles and on Friday for all events in the 2017 Mattara carnival.

The Major Singles starts on July 8 and Mattara on August 14.

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