The Dewars Centre in Perth hosts the latest event in the World Bowls Tour, the Co-op Funeralcare Scottish International, featuring one of the strongest fields in recent history.
Taking place between the 5th to the 12th November stand by for some world-class indoor bowling this week as the best 16 players in the world, alongside 16 qualifiers, compete for the 2016 Scottish International Open title in Perthshire. Daily admission is available see details below.
The field is headed by reigning champion and world No.4 Greg Harlow, back to defend his title as the top seed. He’s joined by world No.1 Nick Brett the winner of the World Indoor Open Singles in 2016 among a field that includes a strong Scottish presence led by a hat-trick of gold medallists from the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Darren Burnett, Alex Marshall MBE and Paul Foster MBE will all be looking to reproduce their lawn bowls heroics from Kelvingrove on the indoor rink at Dewars, and they are joined by David Gourlay, the Glaswegian master who has no less than seven World Indoor Bowls titles to his name. The draw also features two ladies who have come through qualifying, Ruti Gilor of Israel and Lisa Featherby of Australia, with Featherby in particular having been earmarked as a player who could cause an upset
Today’s line-up features the first of three days of last 32 matches and opening proceedings is a match-up between Scotland’s Jonathan Ross who faces an in-form Wayne Willgress from England. Also in morning action is Darren Burnett (pictured left) who took the lawn bowls men’s singles gold for Scotland at Glasgow 2014, against USA qualifier Steve Halmai.
There are five matches in the afternoon session including the aforementioned David Gourlay who takes on qualifyer Ruti Gilor. Also in action is the second lady in the draw Lisa Featherby, who will need to knock out world No.10 Mervyn King if she is to proceed to the last 16. Alex Marshall MBE (main picture), a double gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games, starts his bid against Mark Sandford of Canada for an indoor Scottish International title that has so far eluded him.
The surprise of the day could just come from the match between last year’s runner-up Jason Greenslade who faces Co-op wildcard qualifier Connor Cinato. Cinato created shockwaves earlier this year when still just 19 he beat former world champion Andy Thomson in the World Singles Indoor Championships. Can he repeat the trick against the world No.12 Greenslade? Head to the Dewars Centre and get rinkside to find out!
This is the daily playing schedule in full, together with results as they happen.
Matches start at 10am.
Tickets in advance can be ordered via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets on the day are available on the door priced: £5 day tickets/£26 VIP table for 4*.
*VIP tables are subject to availability. Includes rinkside reserved seating for the day, soft drinks and access to the players lounge.