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Nel skips SA fours to gold at Games

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By Mark Etheridge

The lawn bowlers added another two medals to South Africa’s kitty in Glasgow on Sunday as the women’s fours downed Malaysia in the final and Colleen Piketh added a bronze medal later in the day.

Skipped by Susan Nel, the team of Tracy-Lee Botha, Santjie and Esme Steyn, downed Malaysia 14-9 over 15 ends at the picturesque Kelvingrove venue.

Piketh downed Catherine McMillen of Northern Ireland 21-10 in the singles to give bowls their third medal of the Games after the visually impaired pairs had won on Saturday.

The SA women were down 4-9 on the ninth end but never lost their cool and fought back courageously before marching on to victory.

Said the excited skip: ‘After we were 4-9 down we changed our tactics and started playing our swingers and that got us going’

Indeed, the next end saw them picking up four and they went on to go 1,1,2,1,1 to seal the victory.

‘We were drenched with the heavy showers,’ said Nel. ‘But it really didn’t effect the greens. We had to do a bit of adapting because the greens are about four metres longer than what we are really used to so at times you had to give it a big push.’

But there’s little chance for celebration. ‘It’s nice to win but we have to keep focus.

‘The trips and pairs start tomorrow so it’s a fresh start then. We can’t let this medal go to our heads yet.’


2 comments
katman
katman

I never watch bowls, but I caught the end of this (the women's fours) and they were awesome. And so chuffed up on the podium with the medals. Well done.

katman
katman

I never watch bowls, but I caught the end of this (the women's fours) and they were awesome. And so chuffed up on the podium with the medals. Well done.