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Australia seal trans-Tasman bowls title

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017

Australia has wrapped up the trans-Tasman bowls title with a day to spare on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The host nation can't be caught in the men's and women senior and junior events, nor the para-bowls contest after two of the three days such are their leads.

New Zealand's only senior success on Thursday came in the men's singles, where Shannon McIlroy beat Scott Thulborn 21-14.

Otherwise, the Kiwi men's and women's fours went down while singles hopeful Jo Edwards was pipped 19-17 by long-time rival Karen Murphy.

The third and final day will serve as a lead-in to a seven-nation event, also at Broadbeach Bowls Club, which is host venue for next year's Commonwealth Games.

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