Girvan: No excuses for New Zealand bowlers

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Last updated 00:41 24/07/2014
Richard Girvan
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RICHARD GIRVAN: "Our preparation has been second to none. I can confidently say that this team has had every opportunity to prepare for these Games, and now it's down to the day."

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Richard Girvan says the New Zealand lawn bowls team won't be seeking excuses for their displays in Glasgow.

The men's pairs and fours player is part of a Kiwi side that has prepared extensively for the foreign conditions they will experience at the Kelvingrove greens throughout the Commonwealth Games.

And that means a team that has struggled to impress at recent Games won't be laying blame should they fail to fire again.

"Our preparation has been second to none," Girvan said.

"I can confidently say that this team has had every opportunity to prepare for these Games, and now it's down to the day. There's six or seven nations here in the bowls competition that can win and we're as good a chance as anyone.

"There aren't any excuses - you're either going to win or lose on the day and it's just a matter of who plays better that comes out on top."

New Zealand have entries in singles, pairs, triples and fours for men and women for the nine-day competition, starting tomorrow with women's singles and fours, men's pairs and triples and the para-sport mixed pairs.

Girvan will partner newcomer Blake Signal in the pairs, while the duo are joined in the Black Jacks men's four by Ali Forsyth and Tony Grantham.

"Playing with young Blake in his debut, I'm really looking forward to it," Girvan said.

"He's come through in leaps and bounds over the last couple of weeks."

Girvan is now based at Nelson Bay in New South Wales, and said the greens there are a little slower than the extremely quick New Zealand ones.

"So it hasn't been as big as an adjustment for me as it has for some of the others," he said.

"But you still need to be working on that and there is a transition there, and it's about getting the timing right - I'm happy with how I'm going.

"It's the same for everyone - but it's how you prepare. It's just about making those steady progresses into the Games.

"I'm happy at the point now where I just want to get started."

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