The draw for the bowls code at next month’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland has been made in Glasgow, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our bowlers are in action in no less than 10 sections at the Kelvingrove venue.
Team South Africa are represented by 17 bowlers in Scotland, including a para-bowls component.
Bowls team manager Jessica Henderson had time to peruse the draw this week and shared her initial thoughts with Road to Rio 2016.
“As in any sport one can never say that you’ve got an easy draw. Each game has its challenges and the result depends on which team found the rink the best and played the better bowls. It may happen that on paper you should win the game but in reality the opposite happens.
“Looking at the draw overall I do believe South Africa should do well and be able to qualify in the different disciplines (the top two in each section go through to quarter-finals.)
“The women’s fours have a challenge ahead with only four teams in the section. The other three countries in this section are England, Canada and Norfolk.
“The toughest draw is in the men’s pairs. With only five teams in the section and with the likes of South Africa, Scotland and New Zealand trying to end in the top two we’ll have our work cut out for us.
“But the positive attitude should be that if you want to win a medal you must be able to beat the best, immaterial of whether you play them in your section or in the play-offs.”
Here’s the full draw for the bowls competition in Glasgow.
South Africa, Scotland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Cook Islands, Guernsey
Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, Niue, Zambia
Northern Ireland, South Africa, Fiji, Botswana, Kenya, Cook Islands
South Africa, Canada, Namibia, Falkland Islands, India
Canada, South Africa, Fiji, Botswana, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea
Scotland, South Africa, Norfolk Islands, Zambia, Samoa
Wales, South Africa, Norfolk Islands, Botswana
South Africa, England, Canada, Norfolk Islands
Para-bowls Mixed Pairs
Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa
South Africa, New Zealand, Australia
Picture: Bowls SA