Kerkow to go for glory

TWEED bowls ace Kelvin Kerkow says he wants to be the first Australian since Ian Schuback to win the World Bowls Tour Indoor Singles title.

It has been almost 20-years since Schuback achieved the feat and Kerkow told the Tweed Daily News yesterday it was “absolutely” and “definitely” his goal to bring the title home from the United Kingdom next month.

Kerkow, who rolls up for the South Tweed Sports, will fly out to Norfolk’s Potters Leisure Resort on January 2 to mount a campaign to not only win the singles, but defend the doubles title he won with Merv King earlier this year.

“If I am in it, I have got a big chance. I have just got to go along and see what happens after each game I play,” Kerkow said.

“It is one of the major events on the bowls calendar and there will be some good players over there, including a list of Australian qualifiers who are all very good. It is going to obviously be really competitive.”

The Australian qualifiers Kerkow will lead over to the UK including Mark Mahon, Ben Twist, Geoff Maskell, Brett Wilkie and Steve Glasson are the qualifiers who are joining Kerkow. Before Kerkow gets into the singles competition, he has the job of defending the pairs crown he and Hughes won together. I have won the pairs a couple of times with Merv King, my partner,” Kerkow said.

“We actually won it earlier this year, so it would be good to go good again.

“It would be excellent to try and win back-to-back.”

Among the challengers Kerkow fears in the hotly-contested pairs is the Australian combination of Mark Casey and Brett Wilkie.

He said he hadn’t been doing a lot of training in the lead-up to the event, but was looking forward to getting over to the UK to have a roll-up and get a feel for the indoor greens.

“I will probably try and have a roll-up or two when I get over there.”

“It is hard to prepare for the carpet in the UK, it is quite different to what we have here.”

Kerkow is currently ranked 11th in the World Bowls Tour and among his many victories is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and a previous Australian indoor singles champion.

The World Indoor Singles and Pairs commence on January 4-24.

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