The Australian Experience

England and Australia Test Teams April 2017

In 2018 the Commonwealth games were to be held at Broadbeach Bowling Club, Brisbane, Australia and England took the opportunity to send 7 men and 7 women across to the venue in 2017 to play in a series of matches against primarily the Australian team but also state and club teams. 

This would give the English selectors an opportunity to see how the players coped not only on the Australian playing surface but also in the climate in what was a jam packed program over a 12 day period from 21st April to 5th May against strong opposition.

I had the privilege to represent England down under on the tour and wanted to share with you some of the experiences I had whilst there.

I also received questions from friends and players on my return wanting to know what it was like and my answer to most at the time was "a different world". Hopefully I can do justice in this blog as to what I mean and have also included a section on the Test Series against the Australian International team.

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Perception of Bowls


Having been involved in the sport for 31 years now I achieved what I believe is the pinnacle of my ambitions last year at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. To receive that piece of paper advising I had made the team was potentially the best letter I will ever open and to bring a medal home topped it off.

One of the highlights of the trip was going to the opening ceremony and walking out with Team England in front of thousands of spectators and being waved at from the seats by Prince Charles and Camilla. It was also quite surreal stepping into a lift in the Athletes Village with the likes of Dina Asher Smith, the Brownlee Brothers and Tom Daley to name a few and also reaffirmed my belief that our sport stands tall with any in the world so it is a huge frustration that it is burdened with such a poor stigma from those outside of bowls.

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