Ryan breaks Aust lawn bowls Games hoodoo

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Ellen Ryan has made Australian lawn bowls history, and denied Guernsey a slice of its own, by claiming Commonwealth Games gold in the women's singles.

Ryan's see-sawing 21-17 victory was Australia's first in the blue riband event, as she rallied from 6-0, 10-2 and then 16-12 down to end Lucy Beere's quest to become her country's first Games gold medallist since 1990.

It was Australia's first lawn bowls gold at a Commonwealth Games held in Britain, while Beere's silver was the 65,000-strong Channel Islands nation's first medal of any kind since 1994.

The 25-year-old burst into tears when mobbed by her Jackaroos teammates, including mentor and two-time world singles champion Karen Murphy.

But Ryan stands alone now, as not even Murphy - dubbed Queen of the Green thanks to two decades on top of the sport - was able to clinch the singles crown in five Games appearances.

"I've got pairs tomorrow with my best friend Kristina (Krstic) and that was the one I was always dreaming about, winning pairs gold," Ryan told AAP.

"So I won't believe it for a while, but I'll have to have a couple of soda waters tonight.

"And having Karen here, you can't get much better than that.

"It'd be great to get some younger ones involved (in the sport). Hopefully I can show that it is a sport for young people."

Beaten 21-11 in the group stages by the 40-year-old Beere, Ryan was under the pump early.

But the 25-year-old had toughed it out to make the final and was happy to grit her teeth again, rallying despite regular brilliance from the favourite.

Hoping to scatter Ryan's bowls, Beere somehow threaded a powerful drive through all the traffic in a crucial moment to close the 20th end.

Ryan earned three to surge ahead by one shot, a lead that was extended twice more to build a three-shot buffer she was able to defend in a tense final end.

"You're absolutely gracious and I wish you so much luck in the future because you are the future," an emotional Beere said to Ryan on the rink.

"I've got to play the pairs at half eight but if anyone has a little shot or something they want to fling me over I'm quite happy with that."

Earlier Australia's men's triples team fell agonisingly short of one of the great lawn bowls comebacks, denied gold in a 14-12 loss to England.

Veteran Barrie Lester and debutants Carl Healey and Ben Twist were trailing 12-1 but clawed back to 12-12 and then watching England's skip Jamie Chestney produce back-to-back clutch bowls to prevail.

It was Lester's fourth Games medal, putting him level with Murphy and Nathan Rice on top of the country's lawn bowls medal winner list.

They will return as part of the men's fours.

Cheryl Lindfield, Australia's most senior athlete at 63, qualified for Wednesday's women's para pairs gold medal match with Serena Bonnell.

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