The South African women’s bowls team participating in the 2008 World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, have performed well on the first two days of the Women’s Triples and Pairs disciplines, racking up seven wins in 10 games.
World no.1 bowler Lorna Trigwell led her team of Lorraine Victor and Sylvia Burns to three out of three wins on the first day of competition on Sunday, with victories over Brunei, highly-rated New Zealand and Norfolk Island, and another against Botswana on Tuesday, before coming unstuck against Wales, the South African’s Fours team nemeses.
"We needed to be more consistent and get more bowls in the head," said Trigwell, writing to gsport from New Zealand. "Following the fours and singles results, we South African women needed to be more consistent in the pairs and triples."
Representing South Africa in the Pairs category of competition, Cheryl Cox and Colleen Webb recorded two out of three wins, with a loss to Scotland before wins against Wales and Norfolk Islands on Sunday, followed up by a win against Botswana and a loss to the Philippines on Monday.
Should the South African women continue in this vein, they stand a good chance of qualifying of the competition’s quarter-finals, with six matches each to go in the round-robin stages.
Referring to the competition on offer, Trigwell said: "The standard of play was higher than expected, especially amongst what you would consider to be the minor bowling nations."