England’s lawn bowls players collect brace of golds

14th April 2010

England’s lawn bowls players won two gold medals at the eight nations test tournament, the test event for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games,
 
Mark Bantock, Graham Shadwell and Robert Newman beat New Zealand 7-5, 9-2 to win the men's triples title at the Delhi test event, while Jamie-Lea Winch, Sandy Hazell and Sian Gordon won the women's triples thanks to a 4-3 win in the tie-break against Australia.
 
There was further success when Mervyn King and Sam Tolchard teamed up to win a bronze medal in the men's pairs having beaten South Africa.
 
The women's pair of Natalie Melmore and Ellen Falkner narrowly missed out on a semi-final berth when they lost in a tie-break against Australia.
 
England's singles representatives - Tolchard and Amy Monkhouse - were unable to make the final stages in their events despite several close games.
 
England finished fifth in the lawn bowls medal table at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games with a silver and a bronze medal. Mark Bantock and Ian Bond won silver in the men’s pairs with Sue Harriott, Jean Baker and Amy Monkhouse winning the women’s triples bronze.
 
Australia topped the table in Melbourne with three golds, one silver and a bronze.
 
The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010. They will feature 17 sports - archery, aquatics (swimming, synchronised swimming & diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. With the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Commonwealth Games England is entering a breath-taking four years of sport.

Commonwealth Games England (GCE) is the organisation responsible for selecting and organising England's team at the Commonwealth Games.   England finished second to Australia on the medal table at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games with 36 golds, 40 silvers and 34 bronzes.

Sport England is responsible for building the foundations of sporting success, by creating a world-leading community sport system of clubs, coaches, facilities and volunteers. Their focus is growing and sustaining the numbers of people taking part in sport and improving talent development to help more people excel.