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Black Jacks chasing more world champs gold

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/11/2016

New Zealand want the greens of Christchurch to inspire a return to their gold medal-winning ways at the bowls world championships.

Kiwi bowlers claimed four of the eight titles on offer when Christchurch last hosted the quadrennial tournament in 2008 - the first time the men and women played side by side.

Four years ago in Adelaide there wasn't a single gold snaffled. New Zealand bowlers walked away with five minor medals while it was Australia's turn to grab gold, claiming four.

Black Jacks coach Dave Edwards, who is leaving his post next month after a decade in charge, has targeted five medals in total at the championships starting on Tuesday.

He wants at least two of them to be gold although admits the standard improves every four years.

He is particularly wary of the improvement of the lesser lights among the 30 nations represented.

The five-strong Kiwi women's contingent features three world championships newcomers and two veterans in Val Smith and Jo Edwards.

Despite winning pairs gold in 2008 and silver four years ago, their combination has been split.

Edwards will seek to repeat her 2014 Commonwealth Games-winning form in the singles while her pairs partner is Angela Boyd.

Smith, also a five-time world champion medallist, will skip the triple and four.

Shannon McIlroy is the Kiwi men's singles hopeful, hoping to improve on his bronze from Adelaide.

Three-time medallist Ali Forsyth is skip of the triples and fours.

The first week of competition features the men's pairs and triples and the women's singles and fours.

The respective finals are this weekend followed by the other disciplines next week.

Burnside Bowling Club is headquarters for the championships and will host all of the finals.


Men: Shannon McIlroy, Mike Kernaghan, Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal, Michael Nagy.

Women: Jo Edwards, Angela Boyd, Val Smith, Katelyn Inch, Kirsten Edwards.

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