Legend of the green ready to take Aussies to golden Games

STEVE Glasson believes his 17-strong lawn bowls team can win a number of medals at the up-coming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow despite the slower greens and cooler climate.

Chris Walker (South) delivers this bowl during the Zone 3 No 6 playoffs at Oxley on Sunday. Photos: Geoff O'Neill 150614GOA03

Chris Walker (South) delivers this bowl during the Zone 3 No 6 playoffs at Oxley on Sunday. Photos: Geoff O'Neill 150614GOA03

Australia’s Commonwealth Games head coach was in the region this week working in his other position as an ambassador for lawn bowls insurer, BCIB, as well as spruiking up bowls with some well appointed PR bursts.

The amiable Glasson is always only too happy to talk to the media and gave his time freely to The Leader this week after a whistle stop tour that started in Tamworth on Sunday at the West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club.

That was followed by a brisk tour through the region with stops at bowls clubs in Inverell, Armidale, Bundarra, Kootingal and Tingha before finishing back in Tamworth Tuesday night.

“We’ve been all over the place,”  Glasson said.

“It’s been really good. I’ve been talking to all BCIB’s clients and all our sponsors but also talking bowls and doing a bit of PR .

As Bowls Australia’s national bowls coach he’s looking forward to the fast-approaching Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He has a large squad of 17 bowlers, able and disabled.

He has 10 bowlers competing in the open men’s and women’s lawns bowls, where for the first time they can win two gold medals.

He also has a disability trio as well as four vision-impaired bowlers.

“It’s a big team,” Galsson said.

“We are currently ranked number one in the world but we have to play in Scotland. Historically we’ve always done it tough up there with the different greens and climate.

“It’s a great challenge for us coming from our great greens and great climate.  You have to have great touch out here but when you get on the slower greens up there it brings everyone back to the field.

“We have put a lot of work in and I feel we will win some medals, hopefully the gold flavour.”

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