As the final four teams at the Summerset National Fours seek national silverware, New Zealand’s teenage sensation Seamus Curtin will be hunting international glory on his debut at the World Cup Indoor Singles event in New South Wales, Australia.
Held at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, both Curtin, aged just 18, and five-time indoor champion Jo Edwards, will fly the Blackjacks flag, as the competition gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday, March 5) and runs through until March 13.
More than 25 nations have put forward entries to the prestigious showpiece, with a double Warilla threat coming from the in-form Jeremy Henry and Aaron Teys, both part of the recently victorious BPL09 Illawarra Gorillas champion franchise.
Teys, who at the age of 24 has already won three of the biggest individual titles in Australian bowls, looms large in section one, with Curtin on track to meet his international counterpart in round eight – later down the line in section play.
Other high profile names Curtin will face include Ireland’s Gary Kelly, Malaysia’s Soufli Rusli, Hong Kong China’s Tony Cheung and Canada’s Hirendra Bhartu, though first he will look to get his campaign off to a good start in his opening rounds against Norfolk Island’s Ryan Dixon and Cheung.
Meanwhile, Edwards, who remains the world’s number one, will be hot favourite in her section, however will likely face stern challenges from defending champion Lucy Beere, of Guernsey and South Africa’s Colleen Piketh in rounds five and eight respectively.
Edwards will launch her title bid opposite Norfolk Island youngster Shae Wilson, Israel’s Irit Grencel and Japan’s Yoko Goda on day one in the opening action.
Throughout the tournament, the section play format will see Curtin tackle eleven gruelling rounds of set play, while Edwards will complete nine – competing against every opponent in their section.
Following the qualifying rounds, the top three from each section will remain in title contention with the winners progressing directly to the semi-final and the second and third place-getters required to play off for the remaining two places in the semi-final.
The finals are scheduled to take place from March 12 onwards.