A week ago today (Friday 30th June), players called up for international duty kicked off their 2023 British Isles International Series campaign. We asked England’s Emily Ferguson to give us a unique insight in to the experience – check it out…
Content is the word of the weekend – with players and Bowls England officials never missing an opportunity to get the camera out and film the action. Whether that be a cheers in the bar, one of the many heavy downpours, playing cards in between games or Ed Morris’s winning bowl in the bronze medal match. Whenever the camera appeared, the word content was sure to follow.
Another word on everyone’s lips was the weather – as the three days weren’t quite the bright sunshine and warm temperatures we had become accustomed to at home. Instead, we had torrential downpours, strong gusts of wind and cold conditions – reminiscent of April or October, not the start of July. But as Tom McGuinness pointed out in one of his content videos, there were some brief interludes of sunshine.
The weather didn’t put a dampener on the weekend however, as England showed once again that it is home to some of the world’s best bowlers. The women had an outstanding series, both topping their groups and playing against one another in the gold medal match. The men also rose to the task, with England’s Lions tabling in third after a tense bronze medal game that went down to the final bowl. Below we take an in-depth look at what happened on each day of the series, which helped ensure England came away with three medals, gold, silver and bronze.