Bernie picked to play for country
BERNIE Wolland may be lining up to bowl for Australia for the third time in five years, but he doesn’t take anything for granted.
“The letter came out of the blue, really,” he said this week.
“I didn’t make the original team, but one bloke pulled out due to illness and I got the call-up.”
Bernie and his seven Aussie teammates will be heading to Pretoria in South Africa next month for a 13-day tournament against the world’s best in the 2011 International Bowls for the Disabled championships.
Bernie has been picked to play singles and pairs, but he isn’t sure of his playing partner yet.
With typical under-statement, Bernie said the team did “all right” in 2007, when the championships were held in Australia.
Bernie himself picked up a silver medal in the pairs that year, only beaten by another Aussie team.
“I’m told the greens in South Africa are very slow,” Bernie said.
“It will probably suit the British and South African bowlers better than us. “But you never can tell. “If I have a good day in the first part of the competition, the sections, I might make the final.
“From there, it’s anyone’s game really.”
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