|April 5, 2017|
Jeremy Henry and Jo Edwards both struck gold again when they clinched the men's and women's singles titles respectively in the 2017 World Indoor Cup at the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club.
Defending champion representing Australia, Jeremy Henry, defeated young Malaysian star Soufi Rusli in the men’s final, while New Zealand's Jo Edwards took out the women’s title over surprise packet Lucy Beere from Guernsey.
It was a fifth World Cup triumph for both, adding to a collection of other world titles they have achieved during their brilliant careers.
In the women's final, Jo Edwards took the first set winning 8-5, but her Guernsey opponent pulled out all the stops in the second, and levelled the match with a 9-2 scoreline.
Edwards pounced in the first tie-break end and collected three before Beere responded with a single. But Edwards kept her cool and drew the championship-winning shot in the last end.
Jeremy Henry needed only two sets for his victory, although he didn't have it all his own way early on.
"It was a tough first set against Soufi as he had played the semi-final in the morning and already had a feel for the rink," he said.
"I managed lock the game at 5 all and held a front toucher to win the first set but Soufi played a bomb taking my shot bowl out leaving the jack in the ditch about 18 inches from his shot bowl on the rink. Fortunately I managed to remove the shot bowl and win the first set with my last bowl which was pivotal in the course of the match and enabled me to relax and win the second set comfortably."
"I feel honoured and proud to have won the World Cup for a fifth time especially after the birth of my son Max in December," he said.
Both Jo Edwards and Jeremy Henry were using Henselite bowls. Jeremy's set drew some attention from the commentators as he'd recently borrowed them from another Australian Champion. "I acquired the bowls from Mark Casey at the Bowls Premier League, as I loved the colour (yellow with green speckle which was only made for BPL) and, as I was representing Australia, it was the perfect colour to use."