Fiji wary of fast bowls

From left; Loretta Kotoisuva, Radhika Prasad, Suva Bowling Club trustee Gary Barnett and Litia Tikoisuva during the Bowls Fiji National Triples in Suva last month. Picture: SUPPLIED

From left; Loretta Kotoisuva, Radhika Prasad, Suva Bowling Club trustee Gary Barnett and Litia Tikoisuva during the Bowls Fiji National Triples in Suva last month. Picture: SUPPLIED

BOWLS Fiji is confident of winning medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month.

But the biggest fear is the fast greens in Australia which are an enemy to the Fijian side.

“Bowls Fiji’s challenge will always be the playing conditions given that the playing turfs in Australia are very quick compared to the surfaces in Fiji,” Bowls Fiji men’s manager Curtis Mar said.

“Bowls Fiji, over the years, have won a number of silver and bronze medals at the Bowls World Championship and Commonwealth Games, and Bowls Fiji looks forward to doing its best to contribute towards Fiji’s medal tally at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“Bowls Fiji has selected a team of 12 players for the Commonwealth Games.”

He said the team was made of a number of experienced players and some who had represented Fiji in some international meets.

Mar said bowling required a lot of skills and mental toughness.

“Fiji players have to adapt quickly to these conditions which is why the team management has opted to leave a few days earlier to allow the players to adjust to the fast greens,” he said.

“The fact that we are taking experienced players provides some comfort knowing that the players have experienced this kind of playing turfs and will know what to expect.

“While bowling requires a bit of skills, the game itself requires mental toughness and is quite tactical.

“Recent Team Fiji assemblies where we had access to sports psychology sessions had assisted our players to be better prepared and will help them cope with the pressure of competing at top level.”

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