Wednesday, 14 December 2016

World Bowls 2016 - Monday 12th December

It’s all over. A fantastic World Bowl 2016 tournament concluded on Sunday with the Men’s singles final followed by the medal presentations and the closing ceremony.
On Friday I had an easy afternoon session as a scoreboard attendant, keeping the scoreboard up to date on the South Africa v Australia Women’s Triples which was an entertaining game going the full distance with an extra end.

Christchurch Botanical Gardens
 Saturday, I had a day off but attended a Laws Committee meeting in the morning. The World Bowls Laws Committee is responsible for maintaining the Laws and development aspects of the world governing body and we had a number of topics to discuss at the meeting. We will now go away and work in more detail on some of those topics. In the afternoon I took the bus into the city with my umpiring colleague Angie Thompson. It gave us a chance to see again the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake and to visit bits that I did not see the first time.

"185 Chairs" Memorial to those that lost their lives in 2011

And so to Sunday. There was torrential rain over night and the morning team awoke to find the greens at the Burnside Club underwater. Play was suspended for 45 minutes whilst the greens team worked hard to clear the water and prepare the TV rink for play. I had a leisurely morning, relaxed, had a late breakfast and made my way to the venue at 11:00 in preparation for the 1pm singles final.
The final itself was a great game between Shannon McIlroy from New Zealand and Ryan Bester of Canada. It was not too taxing as neither played asked too many questions. I felt I performed well and indeed comments from my colleagues and World Bowls officials were very positive. Shannon can out the winner and the World Champion which also put the New Zealand Team ahead in the Team Championship.

Sunday evening we enjoyed mingling with the many players and officials and volunteers at a cocktail evening. Good laugh and a great chance to wind down.

Homeward bound from Auckland
The long journey home started Monday afternoon leaving the accommodation at College House at 2pm. I will arrive back home to my family at midday on Tuesday.
It has been a great tournament and I have been pleased with my duties and the way I have worked with the team.

If you are interested, the video of the final and other matches can be found on the World Bowls 2016 You Tube channel

My next event will be the World Indoor Championships at Potters Leisure Resort at the end of January. Until next time, many thanks for reading my blog and for your kind comments.

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