Bernie picked to play for coun­try

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

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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