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Kelly chasing medal double in New Zealand

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Kelly chasing medal double in New Zealand thumbnailPupils from Our Lady of Lourdes in Ballymoney where Gary Kelly works wish him good luck before he heads off to the 2016 World Bowls Championships.

IRELAND international Gary Kelly heads off to New Zealand today (Tuesday) confident he can challenge for medals on two fronts at the World Bowls Championships.
Kelly and eleven team-mates are making the trip to the Southern Hemisphere for a competition that pits all of the strongest bowling nations against one another.
Taking place from November 29th to December 11th, Kelly secured his place in the Ireland team after winning gold at the Atlantic Rim Championships last season.
The Ballymoney Bowling Club player will compete in the singles and also the pairs with Portrush man Ian McClure. They have enjoyed considerable success together in the past and Kelly is confident they can rediscover that form in Christchurch where the tournament is being staged. "We have had a good run together," he said. "We qualified for the World Bowls Championships by winning gold at the Atlantic Rim last year, beating the World and Commonwealth champions in the process, so that gives us a lot of belief and confidence. We have won both silver and gold medals on the international stage before now, so we know what we are capable of."
He added: "Every team is a threat. All the home nations are strong and then you have New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa who will be comfortable playing in what will be quite challenging conditions. We have a few practice days before the tournament starts and if we can hit the ground running with that we could do OK."

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