BENITACHELL Bowls Club hosted the Northern Irish National Elite Bowling Squads last week as they tested their skills on the green ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The men and women’s squads – both made up of eight players – spent four days in the rinks closely monitored by officials who will now trim the teams down to five-a-side to represent Ireland in Australia next April.
Two of the days were spent in training and the other two saw the visitors take on BBC players together with guests from El Cid and Javea Green.
Benitachell Bowls Club Captain Trevor Evans told of how a member of the club first initiated the interest of the Irish – “One of our members who spends six months here and six months in Northern Ireland happened to know one of the National Elite Squad’s managers and suggested they came to see what the club had to offer.”
Trevor continued: “The carpet here at the club is really fast and together with the weather, the playing conditions have been similar to what the squad will face in Australia.”
Northern Irish National Elite Squad Manager Neil Booth agreed:
“We would definitely come back;the green here is comparable to Australian greens and BBC offers excellent facilities and great hospitality.”
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