New Zealand names experienced lawn bowls team for Commonwealth Games

New Zealand will field a strong lawn bowls team for the Gold Coast. Credits: Photo – Photosport; Video – Newshub

Obviously, the big goal is to win the gold medal and there is massive motivation there from the last Games, because I was so close, McIlroy said.

Gold Coast is a place where we have had some good results, a real familiar place, so were looking forward to what lies ahead in the coming months.

He hopes the team can improve on the three medals won four years ago.

While Tayla Bruce, Katelyn Inch and Mike Nagy will make their Commonwealth Games debuts, the remainder of the Kiwi team has plenty of experience.

McIlroy will be hoping to right the wrongs of the 2014 New Delhi Games, where he finished fourth.

In her fourth Games, reigning womens singles champion Jo Edwards will lead the contingent.

New Zealand names experienced lawn bowls team for Commonwealth Games

Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal, Paul Girdler, world singles champion Shannon McIlroy, Mandy Boyd, Val Smith and Edwards all have previous Commonwealth Games experience to draw on.

This is a great opportunity to stamp our mark on the world scene. The world championships were not long ago, and we performed really well and got meals in every discipline, so we have a good reason to go into the event with lots of confidence.

An experienced 10-strong New Zealand bowls team has been named to contest the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.

Men: Ali Forsyth (fours, triples), Blake Signal (pairs, fours), Mike Nagy (triples, fours), Paul Girdler (triples, fours), Shannon McIlroy (singles, pairs). Women: Jo Edwards (singles, pairs), Katelyn Inch (triples, fours), Mandy Boyd (triples, fours), Tayla Bruce (triples, fours), Val Smith (pairs, fours).

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