Warilla duo Aaron Teys and Jeremy Henry chase Bowls World Cup glory

by Aidan Davis

Aaron Teys and Jeremy Henry will both attempt to claim a world title on their home carpet at Warilla next month, alongside Rebecca Van Asch, Mike Driscoll reports for the Illawarra Mercury.

Aaron Teys joins club-mate and reigning six-time champion Jeremy Henry plus the returning Rebecca Van Asch as Australia’s representatives in the prestigious Bowls World Cup at Warilla Bowls.

The World Cup runs from March 5-13 and boasts a star-studded men’s and women’s Singles field featuring bowlers from 24 nations.

Jeremy Henry has smashed all Cup records, winning six times, including two hat-tricks (2012, 2013, 2014, plus 2016, 2017 and 2018).

Tasmanian triple world champion and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Van Asch was beaten in last year’s World Cup final by Guernsey’s Lucy Beere and returns to try and go one step further. Van Asch and Teys won the Australian Indoor Singles last August to qualify as Australia’s Cup representatives.

Henry and Teys will become the first Warilla duo to represent Australia at the same World Cup, while the Warilla club have four representatives with Brendan Aquilina to play for Malta and Gary Kelly for Ireland.

The women’s draw is again led by NZ’s five-time champion Jo Edwards, plus South African Commonwealth Games gold medallist South African Colleen Piketh, defending champion Beere, and Malaysian superstar Siti Zalina Ahmadi.