Proficient lawn bowlers Claire Turley, Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell finished with a bronze medal as members of the Australian Jackaroos women’s fours team at the Eight Nations Series in Glasgow.
Turley and Murphy are from Cabramatta Bowling Club. Cottrell plays for St Johns Park Bowling Club. The local trio played alongside Natasha Van Eldik in the team which finished third at the international event. Australia defeated England 24-12 to win bronze.
National coach Steve Glasson said the Eight Nations Series gave him and the selectors another guide before selecting the men’s and women’s teams for the Commonwealth games in Glasow next year. The Games will be held from July 23 to August 3, 2014.
‘‘Despite the boys doing a great overall job, we as selectors took a lot of learning from the tour as a whole and will now continue training here for a week and come home and review the performances overall,’’ Glasson said.
‘‘The girls had a tough week from a winning perspective but there were certainly some positive signs from some individuals which just didn’t materialise into crucial wins that we needed.
‘‘The opportunity to have exposure to the greens in Scotland and the best nations in the world was a great learning experience for everyone.’’
In the men’s fours, St Johns Park Bowling Club’s Mark Casey finished with a silver medal as a member of the team which lost the gold medal play-off game, 21-12, against New Zealand.