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Bowls - 10. May 2012.

Six of the best in the Festival City

The up-coming SA International Series at Holdfast Bay in Adelaide next week commences a frenetic eight-month period of lawn bowls that will place the city firmly on the world stage.
 
Poised to ignite from May 15 to 20, the salivating six-nation contest is the first of three events that will put the Festival City securely at the centre of the bowling universe.
 
Culminating in the sport’s pinnacle event, the World Championships extravaganza in November-December, the calendar also features Australia and New Zealand continuing their time-honoured rivalry in the 34th edition of the Trans-Tasman series in September.
 
National coach Steve Glasson believes his green and gold contingent is ready to mix it with the best in the business next week.
 
“It’s going to be an extremely competitive series,” Glasson said.
 
“The event provides a great opportunity to test our players and find the best possible combinations to lead us to world glory.
 
“We’re looking forward to heading back to Holdfast Bay and having the South Australian crowd firmly behind us.
 
“With free entry into the event, it’s another great opportunity for the state to see international bowls at its best.”
 
For those returning to Adelaide and for those arriving for the first time in the Festival City, there will be no better place to be than Holdfast Bay during the six-day tournament.
 
Signalling their intent, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Scotland, Fiji and South Africa have named formidable line-ups, with many of the world’s foremost bowlers, along with several debutantes, vying for team bragging rights and national selection ahead of World Bowls in November.
 
Six of the top eight women in the world rankings will be competing from game one, with New Zealand's Jo Edwards (1), Val Smith (3) and Jan Khan (5), Australia's Karen Murphy (4) and Kelsey Cottrell (6), and Scotland’s Caroline Brown (8) headlining an impressive list.
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