Competitors from over 24 countries made their way to Warilla Bowls Club today, for the second day of the 2014 Bowls World Cup. Warilla is the proud host of the Bowls World Cup for the ninth consecutive year.
After defeating Singapore and New Zealand in yesterday’s opening matches, Australia will go on to play against China, Scotland, Canada and others over the course of the competition. Norfolk Island is currently holding the lead.
World Bowls Chief Executive Gary Smith said they chose Warilla Bowls Club as the venue because of the experience they have had with international events.
“I have, and continue to describe Warilla as the best venue for Bowls in the world, with its indoor and outdoor facilities. As well as what the club has to offer with the excellent staff and management,” Mr Smith said.
Smith said he brings the World Cup to Warilla to promote the sport, and welcomes everyone to come and be involved. “People are welcome to come along, it’s free for spectators. Come along and see a highly skilled game played by very good competitors.”
The competition will run at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club until April 16th.
Photo essay: Taylah Jones
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Kenta Hasebe has been bowling since he was a teenager, and although he resides in Australia, he has represented Japan in several world cups. At 22 years old Kenta is one of a growing number of younger competitors in what has traditionally been a sport for older generations.
Audio: Jamie Radford