Aussies take chilled Beere to their hearts

WORLD Cup winner Lucy Beere experienced a mixed start on day one at Broadbeach and said she was not feeling any pressure to end Guernsey’s long wait for another Commonwealth Games medal.

Lucy Beere, centre, and bowls team manager Gemma Lewin with some Gold Coast police officers.			       (21113609)
Lucy Beere, centre, and bowls team manager Gemma Lewin with some Gold Coast police officers. (21113609)

‘What will be, will be,’ she said, reflecting on her opening results.

Needing to finish in the top two of Section B to qualify for the last 16 knockout, the recent gold medallist in Warilla started badly with a 21-15 loss to Wales’ Laura Daniels, before bouncing back to beat Jersey’s Rachel Macdonald 21-12 in the second of her four group games.

With matches to come against Scotland and Brunei Darussalam Beere is handily placed, but may have to win both of those matches to get through.

Having been in Australia so long – more than a month – she said she is beginning to feel like a local and revealed many Aussies are rooting for her. ‘The Australians have been unreal. They have made me feel at home and make me feel part of their own.’

The Guernsey star spent most of the Daniels match chasing the game, although she was level at 6-6, but it was a different story against Macdonald, who fell away after clawing back to 10-13.

The key end was the 17th when Beere brought in a full house four to move to within one shot of her goal, which arrived two ends later.

Men’s pair Matt Solway and Matt Le Ber opened their Section A challenge in the evening session against Canada and went down 16-14, a result which immediately puts pressure on them.

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