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Tuesday 2 August 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Commonwealth Games, Sports
Cook Islands’ Nooroa Mataio went down to Malaysia 21-14 in the Women’s Singles quarter final match. Photo: SUPPLIED/22080125
The Pacific islanders were beaten 19-7 by the home nation in a hard-fought contest as the sun began to set at Victoria Park.
Whitstable’s Sian Honnor believes it was a good test for her England team ahead
of their quarter-final against South Africa on Sunday.
was quite a different game for us tactically because of the way the Cook
Islands play,” said skip Honnor.
were aware of that before we started so it was very much about getting
positional bowls which is quite a different game for us but we knew it would be
and we played it really well.”
Commonwealth medallist Honnor has made the perfect start to her 2022
Commonwealth campaign but believes there is still room for improvement.
plenty left in the tank,” she added.
girls played really well but we know we can take it up a notch and that’s
exactly what we’ll be looking to do tomorrow.”
20,000 people live on the Cook Islands, an associated territory of New Zealand,
and is one of a number of smaller nations represented at lawn bowls, including
Niue and Norfolk Island.
bowler Emily Jim believes the Games are a perfect opportunity to put her nation
on the map.
a great opportunity to show our culture over here,” she said.
been a great experience challenging higher countries. Our aim was to get
England under 20 so it was a success.”
was also success for Dartford’s Michelle White in the para women’s pairs, as
she beat Scotland 19-7 alongside Gill Platt to give the duo a good chance of
pair began their campaign badly with defeat in the opening game before roaring
back with two wins in a row, and White now feels at home on the big stage.
had a really long day just sitting around waiting and you just really want to
get out on that green and play,” reflected White.
kept our calm, chilled out, had a really nice peaceful day and then gone and
done the business on the green.
is our home, you’ve got the crowd behind you, you can hear them shouting your
name. It just spurs you on, it’s fantastic.”