LAWN BOWLS ISLE OF MAN
Having won their respective National Singles titles last season Clive and Janice are entitled to enter the prestigious World Champion of Champions event without the burden or added pressure of selection. This year the event is returning to the first class venue of St. Johns Park some 50 miles west of Sydney.
This year’s entry comprises 28 men and 26 ladies each divided into 2 sections from which the top 3 in each Section will progress to the knock out phases of the competition.
This be the first taste of top flight competition for Janice and she is sure to have a baptism of fire with some really big names to contend with in her first outing. The playing schedule of 12 games over 5 days with early morning starts and 9pm finishes will certainly test the stamina and mental fitness of our bowlers as they ply their trade on the lightning pace greens of St John’s Park. Amongst the more fancied players Janice will face in her group include the champions of Wales, Ireland, Malaysia and Norfolk Island. However, there are no easy games at this level and although Janice will also have a few other minnow nations to play it will be a tough contest.
Whilst Clive has competed twice previously in this event with his best finish tied 7th, just outside the play-off positions in 2016, he has some stiff opponents this time around including current world singles champion Shannon McILroy from New Zealand. There are a few other repeat match up’s from last year including Todd Prideaux from Guernsey and Oskan Azar from Turkey. All in all Clive will play 13 matches in his section over the first 5 days which is some gruelling schedule.
The Association’s best wishes go with Janice and Clive for a successful competition. You can follow their progress on the World Bowls website, or by using the following links:
Men’s Section One Results | Ladies Section Two Results
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