SA Preps for World Cup in Scotland
The combined South African bowls team departed from the OR Tambo Airport on Thursday, to participate in the Atlantic Rim Tournament at Ayr, Scotland, from 12 till 23 July.
This is the first time that men’s teams have been invited to participate in the Atlantic Rim, as this tournament has in the past been exclusive to women’s bowls.
The Atlantic Rim was originally for countries bordering on the Atlantic Ocean, and for women only, and the last Atlantic Rim tournament, which was won by England, was held in Northern Ireland in 2005.
This year 13 countries have entered men’s and women’s teams. They are England, Canada, Guernsey, Ireland, Israel, Jersey, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Scotland, the USA, South Africa and Wales.
It is anticipated that these teams will generally be of the same composition as the teams that will represent South Africa at the World Bowls to be held at Christchurch, New Zealand, in January 2008.
Seeing as it is played in the same format as that of the World Bowls, Piet Breitenbach, President of Bowls South Africa, has reiterated that the Atlantic Rim is regarded as important preparation for World Bowls, only 6 months away.
“Everything that the selected teams do now, must be in preparation for World Bowls,” said Breitenbach.
The Proteas will be visiting New Zealand later this year to play a test series against the Kiwis, widely seen as a preparation program to familiarise the South Africans with the faster greens there.
The Protea Women’s Team:
Fours: Lorna Trigwell (Central Gauteng)(Skip), Cheryl Cox (Western Province), Loraine Victor (Gauteng North) & Sylvia Burns (Western Province)
Triples: Cheryl Cox, Loraine Victor & Sylvia Burns. Pairs: Lorna Trigwell & Colleen Webb (Central Gauteng)
Singles: Colleen Webb