Local bowlers to compete among world’s best in Australia
Bermuda will be looking to impress in their debut at the International Federation Bowling World Cup in Queensland, Australia, this month.
Departing the island on Monday and flying the flag abroad will be Lamar Richardson, Damien Matthews, David Maycock, Dennis Joell and Steven Riley, with the team having plenty of international experience after Matthews and Maycock earned bronze and silver medals at the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The team will be accompanied by coach Fero Williams.
“We are excited to compete with some of the world’s best bowlers,” the Bermuda Bowling Federation told The Royal Gazette in a statement. “We aim high so we are expecting to, at the very least, qualify into the top 16 again as we did last year in Dubai.”
The prestigious biennial event will be hosted by the Suncity Tenpin Bowl on the Sunshine Coast from November 12 to 23.
Bermuda’s bowlers, who will compete for singles and team world titles, have their work cut out among a formidable field.
Each player will compete in singles and the prestigious team event in the first round and earn points for their respective country to determine which teams qualify for the round of 32.
Each country will then face off against each other in head-to-head matches using the Baker Format for the right to advance to the knockout stage of the competition.
The format is a method of scoring competition bowling, which places emphasis on the team rather than the accomplishments of the individual players.
Bermuda’s players have been busy over the past several months adapting to the new format, which they believe enhances their chances of advancing to the latter stages of the competition.
“We are cautious of the new format that is being introduced,” the BBF statement said. “However, we train to be able to adapt to situations so this should not be a problem. The team has prepared as best as we could for this World Cup. We are ready and we will make Bermuda proud.“