Trans-Tasman move perfect preparation

NICOLE FEARON
Last updated 13:00 30/11/2012

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Sacrifice has paid off for New Zealand's No 1 singles player, Nelson's Shannon McIlroy, who has found his rhythm on the Adelaide greens.

After leaving behind his family and partner in September to be based in Adelaide, McIlroy was well prepared for the world championships.

"It's preparation and making sure that I'm getting used to the conditions and environment," he said.

"I've turned that stone that hasn't been turned, and that's the prep that people don't do."

His extra time becoming familiar with the Adelaide greens and playing in a series of competitions for a South Australian club have paid off. He has qualified for the quarterfinals after placing third in his pool.

McIlroy moves on to the post-section event to play Jersey and then Australia from next Wednesday.

The defending world championship pair of Jo Edwards and Val Smith are in contention to retain their title, having also qualified for the quarterfinals.

The Nelson duo and best friends have stamped their names upon international bowls as the team to beat, being a formidable force both individually and together.

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- The Nelson Mail

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