Home Na­tions joy for Martin and Jack

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

There was de­light for two deaf Ruther­glen bowlers in July when they claimed suc­ces­sive tro­phies for Scot­land.

Martin Robert­son, 40, and Jack Con­nolly, 24, par­tic­i­pated in the Home Na­tions Deaf Bowls tri­umph.

The Burn­side bowl­ing club mem­bers helped the Scots de­feat Eng­land and Wales be­fore los­ing their fi­nal match against hosts North­ern Ire­land.

Martin said: “It was so sur­real win­ning the Home Na­tions ti­tle for a sec­ond time af­ter win­ning it on my Scot­land de­but last year in Read­ing.

“It was an amaz­ing feel­ing, beat­ing the English in their back gar­den last year.

“While los­ing to North­ern Ire­land, we were 16-4 down at one point but we fought and fought even though it was a bit too late. But we were top of the ta­ble so we claim the right to be called cham­pi­ons.”

Jack, who has been with the Scot­land team for four years, said: “I feel bril­liant and buzzing that we won it for the sec­ond year in a row.”

Jack was born pro­foundly deaf while Martin was di­ag­nosed with glue ear aged three.

Both at­tended foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions for those with dif­fi­culty hear­ing but did not be­come ac­quainted un­til Martin started play­ing bowls a few years ago with Kirkhill BC.

The pair praised Burn­side for help­ing them de­velop their skills.

Martin said: “They are great with me and gave me op­por­tu­ni­ties to play in po­si­tions that I would re­quire to com­mu­ni­cate.

“I have seen deaf bowlers around Scot­land not given op­por­tu­ni­ties that I was given from Burn­side which I am so grate­ful for.”

The duo are now tar­get­ing a re­peat at this year’s con­test, which will be held at St An­drew’s, and the up­com­ing world cham­pi­onships.

De­light Bowlers Martin Robert­son and Jack Con­nolly

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