St Johns Park bowlers excel at Australian Open

Winners: The successful women's fours team of Kelsey Cottrell, Anne Johns, Rebecca Van Asch and Lynsey Clarke with their medals. Picture: Bowls Australia
Winners: The successful women's fours team of Kelsey Cottrell, Anne Johns, Rebecca Van Asch and Lynsey Clarke with their medals. Picture: Bowls Australia

A lot has changed since Anne Johns, Rebecca Van Asch, Kelsey Cottrell and Lynsey Clarke teamed up to win the Australian Open women's fours in 2014.

And yet, the awesome foursome keep on winning.

The St Johns Park trio of Johns, Van Asch and Cottrell combined with Clarke to defeat Brianna Smith (St Johns Park), Jessica Hogan (Cabramatta), Louise Cronan and Tiffany Brodie 13-9 to win the gold medal.

"When we won in 2014 I was the only one with a little boy, now all four of us have children," Johns told the Champion after winning her seventh Australian Open title.

"We are all really good friends outside of bowls so I think that makes it easier, everyone just plays for each other and win or lose the friendship is still there."

This year's Australian Open on the Gold Coast had a distinct local flavour.

Dawn Hayman (St Johns) paired with Genevieve Delves to defeat Cabramatta's Jessica Hogan and Carmen Anderson 17-12 in the women's pairs. Hayman was also a semi-finalist in the women's singles.

In the men's pairs, Cabramatta's Ray Pearse teamed up with Aron Sherriff to defeat Nathan Pedersen (St Johns) and Wayne Ruediger in the final.

The good results kept coming after the Australian Open with St Johns Park member Ben Twist winning the Brisbane Open singles.