National Coach Steve Glasson OAM provided bowls.com.au with an insight into how the ten Australian Jackaroos players went during the first day of the 10-Nations event in Wales. To stay up-to-date with the competition, visit Bowls Wales’ website here.
Phew… It’s hot up here! High twenties… and it certainly looks like continuing.
And although that doesn’t sound too hot, when you’re here, it really is a hot heat.
Our first day at the Welsh 10-Nations event threw us some challenges, some spectacular performances, some new friends and plenty of learnings to take away from what was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
In the women’s singles at Penylan, Ellen Ryan missed out by the narrowest of margins in her first game, 19-20, after the match was timed-out at 2 hours and 15 minutes; the same conditions of play utilised at the Commonwealth Games.
This was a great hit-out against local Cymru representative Sara Marie Nicholls.
However, as true champions do, Ellen hit back in round 2 against the USA, with a resounding 21-2 victory.
Ellen enjoyed a bye in round 3 and now looks forward to her last two pool games tomorrow (Saturday in Australia) against South Africa and Canada respectively at Penarth Windsor.
The men’s pairs arrived at Dinas Powys faced with some tough opponents.
The ‘on paper’ draw lived up to expectations with the Australian duo of Jesse Noronha and Aaron Wilson falling agonisingly just short in their first 2 pool matches.
The first a 1 shot loss to South Africa followed by a 2 shot loss to Ireland.
They redeemed themselves in round 3 with a strong and hard fought 18-11 win against Canada.
A must win match against the USA on the morning of day two would secure them third place in their section, with a bye to round out the group play.
In the men’s triples, our Jackaroos fired on all cylinders to defeat Malaysia in round 1, then supported that positive start with a hard fought 2 shot win against Spain.
A third round bye sees them enter day two in a strong position.
Their last two opponents are USA and Jersey, with a chance to secure top spot in Group B, which would elevate them directly to the semi-finals.
A lot of water to go under the bridge yet here though.
Our women’s fours enjoyed a strong day with first up victories over two fancied teams, Canada and Wales and with a draw against Ireland in round 3, the quartet are very well placed.
They enjoy a bit of respite on day two, with a sleep in due to a bye, followed by a final round encounter against Spain.
In order to qualify for the finals, disciplines need to finish in the top three positions in their respective groups.
The group winner advancing directly to the semi-finals.
Much like our time in England, this segment of our tour is proving very beneficial and the Jackaroos players are doing an amazing job as ambassadors on and off the green for Australia.
Be sure to follow the Jackaroos’ individual social media pages for news, stories, funnies, with Kelsey Cottrell certainly leading the way in this field.