Bowlers leave Glasgow without gold

by admin on August 3, 2014

Australia’s lawn bowls team came to Glasgow full of world champions and hope, but also full of trepidation over the soft Scottish greens, Paul Mulvey reports for AAP and The Sydney Morning Herald . Their fear was well founded as they were unable to adapt to the slower surfaces at Kelvingrove and failed to win a gold medal, coming home with a silver and three bronze. The women’s triples team of Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke and Kelsey Cottrell were the best performed outfit of the eight abled-bodied teams and two para bowling combinations. But they were overwhelmed in the final, conceding defeat after 15 of the 18 ends with England 23-4 ahead. “We knew we were pushing it coming over here. It’s unlike anything we play on at home,” Murphy said. “It was probably the best prepared team that I’ve ever been involved in coming to the northern hemisphere. “But history tells us we don’t really play as well over here. We use different bowls, it’s a different surface, it’s a different tactical game, we have to change our technique. “Our greens are very much like playing on a carpet, we’re at a very big disadvantage coming over here. But to get a silver medal, I’m over the moon.” Australia won seven of the 10 titles at the last world championships in Adelaide in 2012, with Scotland winning the other three. But South Africa finished on top of the bowls medals table, managing to adapt to the Glasgow greens, winning five gold medals. MEDALS: Silver: women’s triples (Karen Murphy, Lynsey Clarke and Kelsey Cottrell) Bronze: men’s singles (Aaron Sherriff), men’s fours (Wayne Rudeiger, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice, Matt Flapper), para mixed pairs (Joy Forster, Bruce Jones) STAR PERFORMER: Women’s triples. The only ones from the world No.1 ranked bowling nation to reach a final ONE TO WATCH: At 24, Kelsey Cottrell still has decades ahead of her in lawn bowls – or does she? Cottrell famously stated that the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games could be her last.