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India -- it's
now or never!
YOU Beauty! Finally, it's here!
India 2010, and as a complete
sports nut, a feast of Australia's
greatest sporting champions will
be on show for my (and your)
Of course, from my point of
view, no more important or no
higher on the priority list will any
sport be than our great game of
lawn bowls, (or in India's case,
Here are just a few stats relevant
to the Commonwealth Games --
• Dates: 3-14 October
• Competing countries: 71
• Athletes/coaches/etc attending:
Close to 6000
• Aussie Team: Approx 630
• Average daily temperature: 32-37
• Latest cost of games: 2 billion
• Delhi population: A mere 14
million (Ouch, move over).
• Expectations: Gold, Gold, Gold!
(But not as many as Melbourne
4 years ago for obvious reasons).
• Delhi's bowls venue, where the
carpet green struggles to play
quicker than 11 seconds.
OUR BOWLS TEAM
WOMEN'S Singles: Cottrell. Pairs:
Lynsey Armitage and Natasha Van
Eldik. Triples: Sharyn Renshaw,
Claire Duke and Julie Keegan.
MEN'S Singles: Leif Selby. Pairs:
Mark Berghofer and Aron Sherriff.
Triples: Brett Wilkie, Wayne Turley
and Mark Casey.
Opinion -- We have a fantastic
chance in all disciplines.
Australia is a powerful bowl-
ing nation and no doubt the 12
players will be doing all they can
to strive for success.
What "could" stand in our way?
The greens, although carpet, only
run about 11 seconds.
The extreme heat in India
ensures the car-
pet remains rea-
sonably loose on
The bowls will
track around and
work in strange and
Because we are predominantly
blessed with marvelous facili-
ties, in particular bowling greens
throughout Australia, the foreign
and tricky conditions make under-
standing and application all the
Among other things, our cham-
pions will have to go into Delhi
with an exceptional amount of
It goes without saying the heat
will prove oppressive, offensive
and downright demoralising if
it is allowed to, and again our
team will at times feel the pinch
if they are not in the right frame
Delhi, with its massive population
and culture, also presents some
other significant alternatives to
Traffic delays could well be a
daily occurrence, particularly if
infrastructure is not complete and
General hygiene is paramount,
particularly after bathroom visits,
and food and liquid consumption
of the right kind will be probably
the highest priority.
Beef will not be available in
the Games Village, where all
countries will reside for the best
part of 3 weeks.
Team/players to watch out for
-- It's the old cliché, however, in
these conditions: everybody, yes,
everybody poses a threat.
The short sets play format will
also prove heartbreaking at times,
as its tie break, match deciding
formula often turns the end result
into a lottery -- rather than a skill-
ful, calculated conclusion.
Naturally, seasoned campaigners
from all over the World could also
cause Australia headaches.
Powerhouse nations such as
England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland,
NZ, Canada, South Africa, Malay-
sia, and even relative minnows,
India, will have a great amount
of strike power.
From these countries come some
of the following competitors/
teams that I believe could be a
threat and will prove to be some
of the toughest to beat. (In no
• From England, the women's
pairing of Ellen Faulkner and
Amy Monkhouse, whilst the
men's duo of Merv King and
Stuart Airey will be around the
mark. The English trio of Mark
Bantock, Graham Shadwell and
Robert Newman will also take
• Scotland will again be in the mix
with the legendary Willie Wood
making his 8th Commonwealth
Games appearance, (amazing,
really), in the triples combina-
tion, alongside Wayne Hogg
and David Peacock. The men's
pairs has the experienced Darren
Burnett and Neil Spiers matched
together, while World class Paul
Foster will be campaigning to win
his first Commonwealth Games
Singles Gold Medal after securing
the Pairs Gold just 4 years ago
in Melbourne. Keep an eye out
also for seasoned international
Margaret Latham in the women's
singles. Keep in mind the Scots
have recruited former Australian
reps Ceri Ann Davies and legend
Robbie Dobbins in their High
Performance coaching ranks to
further boost the medal chances
of their combatants.
• From the Southern Hemisphere,
Kiwi World No.1 Val Smith will
be trying hard to improve her
loss record against our own ris-
ing super star, Kelsey Cottrell,
while the Girl's Triples containing
Genevieve Baildon, Dale Lang and
Karen Coombe will prove tricky.
Men's singles rep Ali Forsyth is
always competitive, as will be
the threesome of Andrew Todd,
Shannon McIlroy and Nelson
Bay's Richard Girvan.
• South Africa's 6'7" gentle giant
Bobby Donnelly will be gunning
for his 2nd Commonwealth Games
Singles Gold Medal after win-
ning in Manchester in 2002, and
Men's Pairs Shaun Addinall and
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