Glasgow 2014 has confirmed all the teams and their sections for the Lawn Bowls competition at the rapidly approaching Commonwealth Games.
You can download the results of the draw here.
While the top teams from the Commonwealth were seeded into sections, based on their performances at the 2012 World Championships, the remaining teams were drawn by Gary Smith, Chief Executive of World Bowls, creating some great battles for teams to proceed to the knockout stages.
Due to the new format for the two integrated Para-Sport events, all teams were drawn randomly into two sections per event, with the top two teams from each progressing directly to the semi-finals.
The home nations of England, Scotland and Wales will all battle against one another in both events for these two prized positions, also challenged by Australia in the Mixed Pairs and Malaysia in the Open Triples.
The Commonwealth Games provides a great opportunity for the Commonwealth’s best bowlers to be involved in a multi-sport event and showcase the sport to the world. The strongest bowls nations come from the Commonwealth with one of the most even spreads of medals won across previous Games.
Home nation Scotland won gold in the men’s pairs and triples and women’s fours at the last edition of the World Championships in Australia in 2012, but the hosts face fierce opposition in their section from New Zealand and South Africa in the pairs, Wales in the triples and Australia in the women’s fours.
The unique draw in each event gives each CGA the chance to compete against a variety of other CGAs to reach the all-important knock-out stages.
Tickets are still available for all preliminary round sessions, where every team will be playing at the top of their game against quality opponents to make it through to the knockout rounds. The round by round match-ups and full team lists will be available closer to the start of the event.
Greg Warnecke, Head of Sport at Glasgow 2014, said:
“The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre is one of the most dramatic settings of all the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Venues, situated next to the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and overlooked by spectacular Victorian edifice of Glasgow University.
“The standard of competition promises to be world-class and today’s draw brings the excitement even closer.”
Gary Smith, Chief Executive of World Bowls, who made the draw, said:
“The Lawn Bowls competition at Glasgow 2014 will be a phenomenal fight for medals. All the way through the competition there will be amazing matches to see with the draw giving us some thrilling encounters involving all the teams taking part.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the cream of the world’s Lawn Bowlers to the first class venue at Kelvingrove Park for what will be 9 days of outstanding competition.”