Kerkow snares Scottish Open 3/12

Howard Harding, World Bowls Tour, Sunday, 3 December 2006
BOWLS: Scottish International Open
Perth, Scotland
3 December 2006 (AEDT)

Final:   [9] Kelvin Kerkow (AUS) bt [4] David Gourlay (AUS)               11-5, 13-3

Kelvin Kerkow

David Gourlay

Australian leading light Kelvin Kerkow confirmed his standing on the prominent World Bowls Tour by taking out the Scottish International Open this morning (3 December, AEDT).

The world number nine was far too good for Australian-based Scotsman David Gourlay in the event decider, cruising to a straight sets win.

Kerkow burst out of the blocks and fought off a rousing challenge from the former world No.1 to claim the title 11-5, 13-3.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games singles champion dominated the second set to inflict Gourlay’s fifth straight WBT final defeat.

The clash between two of the sport's top ranked players was full of magical shots. Unfortunately for Gourlay, the majority came from 37-year-old Kerkow. 

A beaming Kerkow described the victory as a “fairytale”.

"I got a great start in the first set, and then did the same in the second – and there was no way I could have imagined doing this against a player like David,” Kerkow said after his triumph.

"I felt comfortable throughout the match, I didn’t feel under any pressure.

"I felt I got better with every game here in Perth."

Runner-up in his last five WBT finals, Gourlay was clearly anxious to put an end to this run in Perth, Scotland.

"I knew he'd lost a lot of finals and I think that was playing on his mind," added Kerkow. 

A downcast Gourlay admitted that Kerkow was “fantastic”.

"He played really well and put me under so much pressure with his first bowls.  The first bowl is key and once your opponent's on a roll, it's so difficult,” the runner-up said.

"He just never missed."