Beere aims to go one better

LUCY BEERE, who earned a lot of admirers last year when she reached the final of the Women’s World Cup on the indoor green at the Warilla Bowls Club in New South Wales, is keen on going one step further this year.

Lucy Beere and Matt Le Ber will again represent Guernsey in the World Cup men’s and women’s singles in Australia. (20839428)
Lucy Beere and Matt Le Ber will again represent Guernsey in the World Cup men’s and women’s singles in Australia. (20839428)

The talented Sarnian is back at the same venue today, launching her bid for one of the most prestigious titles in the sport of bowls, and in her qualifying group she will have to face the legendary Kiwi Jo Edwards, who was lucky to squeeze past her in last year’s final.

‘I’m looking forward to it immensely,’ Beere said yesterday.

‘I only hope that I can find the sort of form that took me to the final last year.

‘Actually, the group round robin is quite hard in itself, because it involves a gruelling programme of eight matches.’

Beere comes up against Edwards in her very first game this morning, after which she will meet Singapore’s Li Li Leng.

Tomorrow she faces Hong Kong’s Danna Chiu and on Thursday her opponents will be Malta’s Sharon Callus and young Canadian Pricilla Westlake.

After meeting Fiji’s Elizabeth Moceiwai on Friday, Beere will complete her programme on Saturday with games against Kay Moran, an Australia-based Scot, and Petal Jones, from Norfolk Island.

In the men’s event, Guernsey’s Matt Le Ber will play 11 group matches.

He takes on Singapore’s Low Kwok Fai and Israel’s Kobi Hadar today, but will have to wait until next Sunday before coming up against defending champion Jeremy Henry, who was born in Ireland but is now the bowls manager of the Warilla club.

Although it is always nice to finish at the top of your group league table, competitors will be aiming to finish in the top three in order to qualify for the knockout stage.

Group winners will be fast-tracked through to the semi finals, where they will be guaranteed a medal, while the second and third in both groups will battle it out for the right to join them in the last four.

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