Veteran Australian bowler Karen Murphy says the Broadbeach greens should give the Jackaroos the upper hand during next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Set to partake in her fifth Commonwealth Games, the 42-year-old feels as though Gold Coast will benefit Australia more so than any other Games she’s competed in.
“Certainly the crowd aspect and the whole hype around the Aussie team is worth a lot,” she said.
“The greens aren’t super, super quick. The last four that I’ve played on (Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Melbourne, Glasgow) the greens have been below par… Tradition says bowls hasn’t been played on great surfaces over the past four or five Commonwealth Games.
“Broadbeach is very, very good… Obviously the quicker it is for us the better. The weather in the lead up is very, very important in that we don’t get any rain. I think that would be a massive advantage for us.”
As one of the elder stateswomen of the squad, Murphy echoed much of the sentiment from her fellow squad members in regards to the culture, signalling out national coach Steve Glasson as the key driving force behind it.
“Our culture led by Steve [Glasson] probably sets us apart a little bit,” she said.
“We’re really tight. We back each other and we are really like a family.”
“For me that’s the enjoyment factor in it. Everyone supports each other and we’re one team. That’s obviously worth a lot.
“We win together, we lose together.”
Murphy will be looking to add to her impressive Games medal tally of three silver and one gold when she takes to the greens on Broadbeach from April 5 next year.