The draw for the lawn bowls competition was announced today with Scotland preparing to face some power houses on the greens at the Jawaharal Nehru Sports Complex.
Scotland’s bowlers have medalled in lawn bowls consecutively in the last ten Commonwealth Games and are looking to continue their winning streak. They are represented in all six competitions and feeling confident after a successful warm-up match this afternoon against Canada.
Paul Foster clinched gold in the pairs in Melbourne and will take part in singles this time, facing six very strong countries from the ten in his pool.
“It looks to be the hardest draw of the two sections but you’ll never win if you worry about opponents, I just have to do my job. The greens are getting quicker with a nice draw which suits my type of play so if the wind stays away then I think I am in with a good chance.”
The women’s pairing of Caroline Brown leading and Margaret Letham as skip will play Wales first when their competition begins on the opening day of the Games and end the pool stages against England. Neil Spears and Darren Burnett join forces in the men’s pairs and will be tested against countries including Australia, Canada, Northern Ireland and South Africa.
Willie Wood, David Peacock and Wayne Hogg, reigning World triples champions, form an experienced triple team and are practicing hard with two comfortable wins over Canada and Brunei to start on a positive note. A notable tough day for the men will be 7 October when high flying New Zealand and Australia will be the opponents. Loraine Mallow will lead the women’s triples with Michelle Copper as skip and Lynne Stein in the middle. A fair draw for them that includes what should be an easy opener against Namibia and familiar faces from Jersey.
Claire Johnston is making her first Games appearance in the singles but like Foster, she is playing well and happy with her preparation. She said, “It is a hard draw for me but I am comfortable with how I am playing and if I can keep that up then a medal is certainly a target for me.”
The singles competition doesn’t get underway until the ninth October but Johnston is determined to stay focused.
“I will be practising hard until I compete, but also making sure I am here supporting the rest of the team and staying out of the heat as much as I can,” she concluded.