Silver lining for bowlers at World Championships
Thursday, 8 December 2016
IRELAND team-mates Garry Kelly and Ian McClure continued their remarkable medal-winning run as they clinched silver at the World Bowls Championships in New Zealand. Kelly and McClure won six of their nine group games to qualify for the knock-out stages before dispatching England in the quarter-finals and New Zealand in the last four.
Unfortunately in the final, which was played on Sunday in Christchurch, they were convincingly beaten by pre-tournament favourites Australia by eighteen shots to six.
Individual errors at key moments in the match proved to be the turning point, Kelly told to Chronicle Sport.
“Neither of us played as consistently as we had done prior to the final. It's unfortunate as our performances and preparations beforehand were perfect. Saying that the guys from Australia played very well and deserved their victory.
“The conditions are extremely difficult - it's not what we are used to - but we knew our ability, combined with a lot of practice beforehand, would be enough to put us in medal contention. To win a silver medal at World Championship level for your country is definitely something I can be incredibly proud of," added the Ballymoney man.
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