SA Boasts Top-Ranked Bowler

by | Jan 20, 2007

Lorna Trigwell is wished good luck by Piet Breitenbach, President of Bowls South Africa, on the eve of the team’s departure to the 2006 Commonwealth Games.World Bowls has recently released its list of internationally top-seeded bowlers, and South Africa’s Lorna Trigwell is still the world’s Number One ranked woman bowler, retaining that position for another year.

She has been the top seeded woman bowler for the past 2 years. Colleen Webb of Bedfordview C.C. in Central Gauteng is ranked Number 12 in the world.

Lorna Trigwell, who currently plays her bowls at Jeppe Quandam Bowling Club, is a member of the Protea Gold Squad, and is sure to represent South Africa in the World Bowls Tournament in March 2008.

Her successful international bowling career started in 1994 as South Africa re-entered the international sport arena, representing SA to the African States International Championships, where she won a gold medal in the Pairs.

When the team to represent South African in the Commonwealth Games in Canada in 1994 was announced, she was there and once again collected a gold medal. Since then she has been a regular member of the South African team and has played in every international event when available.

In 2005 she was invited by the top Australian woman bowler, Karen Murphy, to join her team in the Classic Fours, which they won after winning all 16 of their games.

She is known worldwide. Her sportsmanship, attitude and gamesmanship has justly earned her the reputation as one of the most popular bowlers in the world as described by a TV commentator in the recent Tri-Nations tournament, which was contested between South Africa, Australia and the British Isles.

One the national front, Lorna Trigwell has won three women’s titles, three SA Master’s Championships, and will again be seen in action at the forthcoming SA Masters in February.

Interesting to note is that in the Women’s National Championships in 2005, Trigwell won the Pairs title with her friend and worthy contestant, Colleen Webb, who is the only other South African woman bowler to be seeded as Number 12 on the world ranking list.

Colleen Webb, also a highly competitive and popular bowler, has proved her worth by winning the SA Masters in 2002, 2004 and 2006. She is also a member of the Protea Gold Squad, and can be expected to be in the team to represent South Africa at the World Bowls Championships.

The team will be announced later this year after a series of training and practice camps. Colleen Webb will be participating in the SA Masters in February, and will certainly go full out to retain the title which she has already won three times, including in 2006.

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