Allison, Dent take out WA titles

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Jo Allison and Julian Dent opened the Australian Championships carnival with wins at the WA State Championships held over the weekend. The results keep both in contention for the National League titles, although as both will only have the minimum eight scores, they cannot afford to put a foot wrong if they are to catch the current leaders, Grace Elson and Grant Bluett.

Allison won both days. She started with a two-minute win over Shannon Jones on the middle-distance first day, then extended her lead further over the long, tough second day. Fellow WOC team member Anna Sheldon was the next best on the second day, and came through from fifth to be second overall. Susanne Casanova’s consistency over the two days saw her complete the placings.

Grant Bluett was a narrow winner on the first day, over Julian Dent and Rob Walter; the only surprise that was Dave Shepherd pulled out. That left three to fight out the overall result, and it was Dent who came through in the very tough country, continuing the excellent form of his comeback. Walter and Bluett completed the placings.

Vanessa Round set up her win in W17-20E with a good win on the first day, and was able to withstand Sarah Dunnage’s charge on the second; Ryan Smyth came from behind to take out M17-20E over fellow JWOC team members Chris Naunton and Murray Scown.

The Canberra Cockatoos had an excellent weekend, scoring the maximum possible 40 points, and have extended their National League lead over the NSW Stingers to an almost uncatchable 38 points. In the junior division, Queensland continues to hold a comfortable lead over Victoria.