Of the eight teams representing South African bowls at the 2008 World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, the women’s triples team is the only one to progress all the way to a finals challenge, and now stands guaranteed of a silver medal.
With a shot at gold, World no.1 bowler Lorna Trigwell, Lorraine Victor and Sylvia Burns will take on Australia on Sunday morning for the South Africa’s only chance at championship title.
Writing to gsport from the World Championships, Lorna Trigwell’s happiness was clear: "Great news for you! We are in the final of the triples on Sunday morning, where we will play Australia.
"In the quarter-finals we beat Malaysia on the last end," said Trigwell, "Having gone into the last end 17-17. In the semi-final we beat New Zealand having started the last end 21-19 up."
The Ladies Triples finished third in their section, after beating both Namibia and Ireland in their last two games, to qualify for the quarter-finals. A narrow 18-17 victory over Malaysia took the SA team to a semi against New Zealand, clinically finished off 22-19 in the Proteas’ favour for a shot at glory.
In the Pairs Cheryl Cox and Colleen Webb represented South Africa’s women, recording six wins in their eleven opening rounds and finishing an agonising one place short of the quarter-finals, where hosts New Zealand played out eventual winners over England.
Earlier in the tournament, South African women failed to make it to the Singles quarter-finals after a fifth opening round finish, and after making it through to the quarter-finals of the Fours chase, Wales promptly ousted the Proteas 22-10.