Amy on the world stage

Star bowler Amy Truran has just returned from New Zealand where she caused quite a stir in the World Champion of Champions event.

amy truran
amy truran

Representing England, the former St Francis BC member who now plies her trade with Worthing club Homefield Park, quickly adapted to the very fast greens at the Burnside club in Christchurch to soon established herself as one of the leading players in her round-robin group of 12.

In the end she won six of her eight matches over the first three days, including in the immense scalp of tournament favourite Karen Murphy of Australia. The Haywards Heath bowler won that in straight sets 10-7, 10-6.

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On the fourth day Truran lost on a tie-break to the Canadian champion but came back strongly to beat South African Esme Steyn in straight sets.

On the last day of round robin play, Truran required just one more win to qualify for the semi-final play-offs but again lost on a tie-break, this time to the Israeli champion, before going down 6-7, 6-7 to the Japanese representative, who plays most of her bowls in Australia. Both sets in her last game were decided by the final bowl.

Murphy went on to win the event ,beating Lorna Smith of Scotland in the final.

In the men’s event, young Thomas Bishop from Hampshire did England proud by winning the final against Alastair White from Scotland.

As National champion again this year Truran can compete in next year’s event, which is again scheduled for Christchurch. Before that she will compete in the British Isles event to be played in Jersey in June.