Kiwis slow to kick off at world champs

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 08:47 26/11/2012

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The New Zealand men's four which includes Marlborough-registered players Matt Gallop and Ali Forsyth, finally got off the mark at the bowls world championships at the third attempt in Adelaide yesterday.

They reinvigorated their campaign with a comfortable 20-7 defeat of Namibia in pool play.

After suffering losses to England and Ireland on the opening day, Tony Grantham, Gallop, Forsyth and Richard Girvan secured a morale boosting win at the Holdfast Bay club, one of two venues hosting the tournament.

However, Wales later exacted a measure of revenge for the All Blacks victory in Cardiff when they condemned Tony Grantham, Gallop, Forsyth and Richard Girvan to a 16-12 defeat.

The women's triple of Lisa White, Jan Khan and Mandy Boyd also experienced their first success following reversals to Australia and Hong Kong on Saturday when they overwhelmed Ireland 17-5.

Shannon McIlroy, New Zealand's entrant in the men's singles, started his tournament with a heavy loss to Australia's world No 2 Leif Selby, but recovered to beat England's Jamie Chesney (21-15) at the Lockley club.

His form continued yesterday when he was too strong for Robin Chok (Hong Kong) 21-4 and Nicholas Cole (Spain) 21-18.

Defending pairs champions Val Smith and Jo Edwards were again a mixed bag as they produced a two-win two-loss record after four rounds.

They lost to Australia and thrashed Canada on Saturday and were inconsistent again yesterday, dropping their first match to South Africa 19-14 before crushing Israel 21-9.

Qualifying rounds for the men's singles and fours, and the women's pairs and triples will continue until Thursday when both genders switch to the opposite disciplines.

Post-sectional play begins in December 4 and the championships end five days later.

Fairfax NZ

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