Team cup fever hits

By GREG KELLY "ALL in readiness for the World Team Cup" - so the media release from Bowls Australia read and on the same day changing the draw in the ladies section to a round robin format due to only seven teams in the ladies event. Despite the late changes the Tweed Heads Bowls Club is ready to stage the biggest indoor international event on the Bowls Australia calendar. The nine-day international team event has attracted many of the top bowlers from around the bowls world including World Cup runner up Jeremy Henry from Ireland, Ryan Bester and Keith Roney from Canada and Ali Forsyth from New Zealand. Australia's strong men's team includes exciting young gun Aron Sherriff with his two deputies in Nathan Rice and Wayne Turley. Spectators will be thrilled to get their first look at English glamour girl Carol Ashby - a big drawcard on the English professional bowls circuit. World champion Margaret Johnston from Ireland, Kay Moran from Scotland and Val Smith from New Zealand will also attract attention in this top class ladies singles field. Julie Keegan leads the Australian ladies contingent with experienced Karen Murphy as skipper in the pairs with in form teenage sensation teams and playing schedules. ❏❏❏ THE great win in the World Cup by our two Australian indoor champions, Kelvin Kerkow and Judy Nardella, at Warilla this week is proof of the high standard of lawn bowls in Australia and how many great players our nation has produced over the years. ❏❏❏ THE PBA Qualifying this weekend also highlighted the talent of local bowlers with Shannon Gittoes and Charlie Neave from South Tweed winning through the professional pool of players and outlasting local Ron Sulzberger and John Millington in the Pairs final. Graham Richards and Millington qualified in the Scottish Open alongside Georgia White and Trevor Broadbent. Full results of all the five PBA events is now online on thbc.com.au ❏❏❏ CARMEN Anderson has overcome the bout of ill health suffered during the recent Black Douglas to bounce back and win the Gold Coast District Singles in fine style with an impressive 25/19 win over 2006 Golden Nugget winner Lynsey Armitage. Laurraine Murray and Bev Parker were equal thirds. and Black Douglas winner Kelsey Cottrell. Eight teams split into sections of four will contest the men's event while the seven women's teams will play a round robin over the first three days and continue into the televised matches during the second week. The three person teams will play three rubbers in each match - Pairs - Singles and Triples to decide the match winner. Each player may only play in two disciplines. Teams will start arriving later this week for practice, which begins all day on Sunday and continues until Day one on next Thursday. Play gets underway at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on Thursday, May 17 with TV matches from Sunday onwards to the final day on Friday, May 25. The worldteamcup.com.au web site has all the information on draw and teams and playing schedules. ❏❏❏ THE great win in the World Cup by our two Australian indoor champions, Kelvin Kerkow and Judy Nardella, at Warilla this week is proof of the high standard of lawn bowls in Australia and how many great players our nation has produced over the years. ❏❏❏ THE PBA Qualifying this weekend also highlighted the talent of local bowlers with Shannon Gittoes and Charlie Neave from South Tweed winning through the professional pool of players and outlasting local Ron Sulzberger and John Millington in the Pairs final. Graham Richards and Millington qualified in the Scottish Open alongside Georgia White and Trevor Broadbent. Full results of all the five PBA events is now online on thbc.com.au ❏❏❏ CARMEN Anderson has overcome the bout of ill health suffered during the recent Black Douglas to bounce back and win the Gold Coast District Singles in fine style with an impressive 25/19 win over 2006 Golden Nugget winner Lynsey Armitage. Laurraine Murray and Bev Parker were equal thirds.



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