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World No.1 feels Canberra heat

It's safe to say, Canberra is world No. 1 Leif Selby's least favourite city after the nation's capital was responsible for ending both his singles and pairs campaigns at the Australian Open this week.

It was a Canberran clean sweep as first Damon Jeffery knocked him out in the first round of the men's singles, then Alan Monfries and David Blair ended his pairs campaign, beating him and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Nathan Rice 10-9, 6-8, 4-3, on Monday night in Melbourne.

At the time of writing, Monfries and Blair were still playing Wayne Reudiger and Max Kleinig in the third round. Jeffery's singles run came to an end in the third round, losing to Alan Hilton 8-5, 2-11, 4-3 on Tuesday.

But he's still alive in the triples, teaming up with Andrew Howie and David Singleton, after they won 9-8, 10-3 to go into Wednesday's quarter-finals.

Champion beats clubmate

In an all-Weston Creek final, Paige Dowsett prevailed to win the ACT women's singles title after beating clubmate Sharon Harmer 25-15 in the final at Queanbeyan RSL recently.

The ACT men's four final has been postponed indefinitely due to Damon Jeffery's involvement at the Australian Open.


He has teamed up with fellow Weston Creekers Mac McLean, Wayne Toomey and David Templeton, and will meet Canberra City quartet Alan Taylor, John McDonald, David Hill, Tony Barry.

Challenge down to the wire

Queanbeyan has taken out this year's Aristocrat Challenge, beating Yass 25-21 in the final at Queanbeyan.

While the men have finished their pre-season tournament, the women's Club Challenge still has one round to go.

Five of the six teams are still a mathematical chance of winning it.

Fourteen points separate top-placed Belconnen (35) from fifth-placed Deakin (21) with a maximum of 14 points on offer.

Only Queanbeyan (12) is out of the running.

Last year's winner Yowani (30) is third.

National Sides chosen

The ACT has named its men's and women's teams for the National Sides Championships to be played at Bendigo Bowls Club from April 29-May 2.

The men's super sixes side, which will play on April 26-27, has also been named, but the women's side has yet to be finalised.