World’s best on show at Moama

By Brayden May

Australia's best lawn bowlers are set to take to on the world's elite — and it's all happening at the Moama Bowling Club.

History was made last night as MBC prepared to host the first World Bowls Challenge.

The event will pit two teams of 10 players (five men and women per side) in a competition not like any other.

“This is a really exciting time not just for our club but the region as a whole,” MBC sports venue manager Zane Mikin-Laurie said.

“To have these players in town is really special because it's not something you get to see every day.

“And it marks the start of a three-month period where the community can see some of the country and world's best athletes.”

While people may be a bit cautious to attend a bowls event, Mikin-Laurie said the event could help turn the perception of the sport on its head.

“All games are fast paced and there is always a feeling that a game is never lost,” he said.

“Despite it being a more relaxed atmosphere, the competition is as high as any other event.

“The Australian team will be desperate not to lose in front of their home crowd.”

And in the biggest win for the community, the event is free to attend.

“We're encouraging everyone to get along and have a look,” Mikin-Laurie said.

“The club has a grandstand in place which will seat approximately 200 people. But if that isn't for you there is a rink-side bar and viewing deck.

“We're expecting an atmosphere which is similar to the Bowls Premier League events, so there will be something for the whole family.”

Australian players selected for the event include Corey Wedlock, Aron Sherriff, Aaron Teys, Aaron Wilson, Barrie Lester, Ellen Ryan, Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Scott and Rebecca Van Asch, while among the Team World contingent are Alex Marshall (Scotland), Darren Burnett (Scotland), Shannon Mcilroy (New Zealand), Ryan Bester (Canada), Gary Kelly (Ireland), Jo Edwards (New Zealand), Colleen Piketh (South Africa), Kelly McKerihen (Canada), Ellen Falkner (England) and Katherine Rednall (England).