Phoebe Bell and Taliqua Clancy have beaten Jordan and Justine Mowen to win the second leg of the Australian beach volleyball series on the Gold Coast.
Teenager Phoebe Bell has made the most of a late call-up from Taliqua Clancy to win the women’s title in the second leg of the Australian beach volleyball series on the Gold Coast.
The pair combined to beat fellow Queenslanders Jordan and Justine Mowen – sisters of most-recent Wallabies captain and Brumbies backrower Ben – in a three-set final at Surfers Paradise on Monday.
The 17-year-old Bell only got her chance at the tournament when Clancy’s regular partner, Olympian Louise Bawden, withdrew.
Bell had big shoes to fill given Clancy and Bawden hadn’t lost a match in Australia for two years.
But she duly delivered, including being instrumental in saving six match points in their semi-final triumph over Adelaide pair Becchara Palmer and Zina Stone.
Unfortunately for Bell, the partnership won’t continue as Bawden will return to partner Clancy for round three of the series at Scarborough Beach in Perth next weekend.
In the men’s final, West Australian Joshua Court and Victorian Damien Schumann won Sunday’s final in straight sets.
They had earlier stunned the tournament’s top seeds, Isaac Kapa and Chris McHugh, in the quarter-finals in the pair’s first defeat on the Australian domestic tour for two years.