January 21, 2021, at 9:16am GMT
KATHERINE REDNALL CREATES HER OWN PIECE OF HISTORY
Norfolk’s Katherine Rednall wrote herself into the Bowls History Books earlier today with an electrifying display to overcome the iconic Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE – THE most decorated player in the sport 7-5, 5-5.
There was definitely no help from ‘Lady Luck’ involved in this result and there was total respect and camaraderie displayed by both players.
In a game that absolutely showcased every skill in the book and will undoubtedly achieve record viewing figures over the coming weeks, months and years – Rednall can proudly boast that she is the first female ever to secure a quarter final spot in the ‘JUST’ World Open singles.
She trailed 5-3 with two ends to play in the first set, but pulled off back to back doubles to seal the set 7-5.
In the second set it was bowl for bowl as both players relentlessly ground out sensational shots time and time again with deft, feather light touches and all-out drives played throughout the match
A ‘no shot’ was declared on the 5th end at 3-2 in Marshall’s favour and he still held sway at 5-4 playing the last – but he required a set win to take the match to a tie break.
He held a single but Rednall punched his bowl out of the head to hold a match lie and won through after Marshall’s last bowl ran a few inches too far and leave her counting that vital single that tied the set at 5-5 and saw her win by one and half sets to a half.
It was praise indeed from Marshall as he smiled, shook his head and said “That is the best display I have ever witnessed by a player at this event. She was phenomenal, fearless, she executed every shot with confidence, nothing fazed her.
“I felt I played well too but I had to play some big big bowls to keep the score tight and myself in contention. In many ways it was a very enjoyable , relaxed game.
You couldn’t help but admire everything she did – especially at just 25 years of age and especially at 7 ½ months pregnant!
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Bowls is the simplest of all ball games. If you can roll a ball, you can play bowls. The ball itself is the only artifice… after that, it’s all hand and eye. Roll the ball in the right direction and at the right speed every time and you’ll win every game you play.
What Does Lawn Bowls Involve?
Lawn bowls is a game of concentration, precision and accuracy and involves rolling biased or irregular balls as close as possible to a white ball called the Jack. It has been a popular sport in the UK for centuries and there are thousands of bowls clubs up and down the country. As the sport does not involve periods of prolonged and intense activity, it can be played by pretty much anyone. The game is either taken up as a social activity – strictly for leisure – or it can also be played at competition level, for those who want to give themselves more of a challenge.
Here are some of the benefits:
Fitness: Lawn bowls helps moderately improve muscle strength (arm, shoulder, leg muscles), flexibility and endurance.
Mental Health: “The game gets you out into the fresh air and helps alleviate depression and anxiety.
Increases Skills: Bowls involves some element of problem solving skills and also helps improve co-ordination and concentration
Improves Confidence: Participating in a sport helps improve self-esteem and gets you out and about and meeting people.
Self-Discipline: Sports such as lawn bowls involves turning up on time and being organized.
Social Interaction: Lawn bowls helps improve social skills and being part of a team also gives you a sense of belonging.