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WATCH: Bowls New Zealand triples champion drops the F-bomb three times on live television

Bowls is not typically associated with expletive, emotionally charged language but New Zealand’s latest champion flipped the script while celebrating his win on live television.

In an explicit post-match interview, the 2018 Triples team captain David Eades was “a lot excited” after claiming the national title and it showed.

Talking to Sky Television after the match about what the win meant to him, Eades dropped three F-bombs in the space of about 10 seconds after the win.

“F***in’ heaps man. That’s for my son Ben and my wife Irene, I f***in’ love them to f***in’ bits and I’d die for them all,” he said.

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His response was met with laughter from the spectators with the interviewee awkwardly apologising to the viewers.

“Sorry about that – live television,” she said.

Eades was unable to stand still for the remainder of the interview, rocking to-and-fro, leaning in tightly to the microphone to answer the remaining questions.

He went on to thank his team mates, Bruce McClinktock and Bart Robinson, as well as praising the opposition after the toughly fought final.

“The three people that we played against, they are very very fine bowlers.

“They’re probably the best three bowlers in North Harbour and Triples, and mate to beat them you have to be very very good. They’re a great combination,” Eades said.

At the end of the interview Eades assured the interviewee and viewers that he would be celebrating well afterward.

February 17, 2018 / by / in
Bowls: New Zealand team named for Commonwealth Games

Bowls New Zealand has named the 10 athletes that will represent the country at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Among the team is defending Commonwealth Games singles champion Jo Edwards, who will be attending her fourth games.

Edwards, who won gold medals in Manchester (2002) and Glasgow (2014), has been training in Brisbane in preparation for this year’s games.

“The greens on the Gold Coast are different to home so it doesn’t do any harm being based here and getting to know them,” Edwards said.

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“There’s good competition here as well so that’s driving me and helping with preparation,”

Ali Forsyth, who has represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth games twice before, says he expects the team to perform well in the Gold Coast.

“The New Zealand team won seven medals out of a possible eight at the 2016 World Championships so that’s given us a great deal of confidence,” Forsyth said.

“I believe we can medal in close to all four of the men’s events on the Gold Coast if we get on the greens as much as we can between now and April.”

Making their return to the games are Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal, Paul Girdler, Shannon McIlroy (world singles champion), Mandy Boyd (Glasgow 2014 bronze, women’s fours) and Val Smith (Delhi 2010 silver, singles; Glasgow 2014 bronze, women’s fours).

Tayla Bruce, Katelyn Inch and Mike Nagy will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts in the Gold Coast.

New Zealand has won 38 bowls medals at the Commonwealth Games, including 12 golds.

The lawn bowls competition will run from April 5 to April 13.

Full team:

Ali Forsyth – Men’s Fours/Men’s Triples
Blake Signal – Men’s Pairs/Men’s Fours
Mike Nagy – Men’s Triple/Men’s Fours
Paul Girdler – Men’s Triples/Men’s Fours
Shannon McIlroy – Men’s Singles/Men’s Pairs
Jo Edwards – Women’s Singles/Women’s Pairs
Katelyn Inch – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
Mandy Boyd – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
Tayla Bruce – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
Val Smith – Women’s Pairs/Women’s Fours

January 26, 2018 / by / in
World Masters Games: Years of preparation now coming to fruition for hosts around region

Years of preparation will finally come to an end for the hosts of the World Masters Games as it kicks off next week, bringing with it the largest contingent of athletes and supporters to ever hit New Zealand for a sporting event.

The Games will be held at 48 venues across Auckland and Waikato, including the AUT Millennium facility, the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre and the Trusts Arena.

It won’t all be focused on the bigger venues, however, with local clubs set to take part in the action as well.

Torbay Sailing Club commodore Blair Gerrard said hosting the sailing events had been “two or three years in the making”.

“We’ve built a new building throughout the year and the catalyst for that was the Masters Games, so we’ve got a big new clubhouse to put on display.”

Gerrard said the club hosted the youth world championships at the end of 2016, and being a part of the World Masters Games will be the “icing on the cake” for the summer season.

“We’re very happy. Yachting New Zealand approached us because they knew we could host an event of this size.

“There’s quite a bit of logistics involved with it, we’ve got 242 competitors at our site, we’re the longest-running event as well. We’ve got a good team of people here, it’s been a long process but we’re here at the end of it.”

The immense effort that has gone into ensuring the sailing runs smoothly has taken its toll on some club members, but Gerrard said all the work had paid off.

“We’ll be satisfied at the end. Some [members] are tired, there’s about four or five of us that have put in most of the graft and for about one or two it’s just about been a full time project for them plus doing their normal jobs. We’re all volunteers, none of us [was] paid to do it.

“World Masters have been good to work with, obviously they’ve got a lot of stuff that we have to adhere to.”

A world-class field is expected to compete for sailing glory, including former world champions and sailors with America’s Cup experience.

The advanced age of some participants brings unique challenges from a hosting perspective, Gerrard said.

“Because all the competitors are over 35 – our oldest competitor is 85. So there’s other things to consider when you’re dealing with people that age.”

North Shore Squash Club manager Sharon Crawford said being part of the Games had also encouraged a bit of a spruce-up at her club.

“We’ve tidied it up and done quite a bit of work, redone our lounge. We’ve got the most amazing view of Lake Pupuke, it’s a million-dollar view.

“We’re looking fantastic, we’re ready to go, let’s do it.”

The club will host 430 players from 18 different countries on its seven courts, and Crawford said club members have been quick to offer to get stuck in and help out.

“Everyone’s coming up – they want to help, they want to be involved. The club’s just embracing it.

“I’ve got people that are working around so they can play their game of squash and compete at the Games and then volunteer and help do things as well.

“The club’s absolutely buzzing at the moment about what’s about to happen.”

Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club will be the headquarters of the lawn bowls competition, with hosting to be shared with the Remuera Bowls Club and Mt Eden Bowling Club.

Vice-president Jeanette Sinclair is excited to show the club off to international visitors, some of whom have arrived ahead of time to get extra practice in on the greens.

“The club is looking very spick and span, we’ve had the window washers in, the greenkeeper has been preparing the greens for weeks and weeks and the greens are looking pristine. It’s all under control.”

She said sharing the hosting of the bowls competition with two other clubs was a “unique situation”.

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April 19, 2017 / by / in
Bowls: Shannon McIlroy wins gold at World Championships
Shannon McIlroy. Photo / Photosport

New Zealand has ended the world bowls championships on a high, with Shannon McIlroy winning the men’s singles gold in Christchurch this afternoon.

The Kiwi beat Canada’s Ryan Bester 21-17 after 22 ends in the men’s singles final.

McIlroy pulled away from Bester midway through the contest, leading 17-9 after 15 ends. But the Canadian’s drives kept him in the game and he narrowed the gap to 20-17 before McIlroy closed out the match.

He becomes just the second New Zealander to win gold in the event since Peter Bellis in 1984.

McIlroy reflected after the final that “all those days missing school, going down to the bowling club” had paid off.

“I knew I’d have my work cut out [against Bester] and that I’d have to play really well,” said McIlroy. “Everyone who’s been involved in the preparation for this event has worked really hard and I’m rapt that it’s all paid off.

This means everything in the world.”

In this morning’s final, Jo Edwards and Angela Boyd had to settle for silver in the women’s pair. The New Zealand duo were beaten 16-15 by Wales in an absorbing final.

Jess Sims and Laura Daniels led throughout and held off a Blackjacks comeback over the closing ends. Edwards and Boyd needed to pick up two shots on the 18th to force an extra end but were only able to come up with one.

New Zealand finished the world championships with two gold medals, one silver and four bronzes. Mike Nagy, Mike Kernaghan, Blake Signal and Ali Forsyth yesterday won New Zealand’s first gold of the event, crushing Australia 23-4 in the men’s fours final.

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December 11, 2016 / by / in
New Zealand win gold at Bowls World Champs
Three of the winning four – Mike Kernaghan, Mike Nagy and Blake Signal of New Zealand (L-R) look on during the World Bowls Series. Photo / Getty

New Zealand have claimed their first gold medal at the 2016 World Bowls Championships in Christchurch.

The men’s fours combination of Mike Nagy, Mike Kernaghan, Blake Signal and Ali Forsyth continued a dominant tournament by crushing Australia 23-4 in the final.

Down 3-2 after three ends, New Zealand went on a massive run to jump into the lead before reeling off an unanswered six consecutive ends to finish the match after just 15 ends.

New Zealand have two more gold medal chances tomorrow, with Shannon McIlroy facing Canada’s Ryan Bester in the men’s singles final, and the women’s pair of Jo Edwards and Angela Boyd going up against Wales.​

McIlroy will be aiming to be the first New Zealand singles player since Peter Belliss in 1984 to win World Championships gold.

New Zealand have already claimed four bronze medals at the tournament.

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