#WarillaWorldCup: Kelly & Edwards crowned World Champions

by Domenic Favata

Northern Ireland international Gary Kelly and New Zealand stalwart Jo Edwards have been crowned 2019 World Cup indoor singles champions following dominant performances at the Warilla Bowls & Recreation Club.

Kelly triumphed in straight sets over Malta’s Brendan Aquilina, while Edwards claimed a record-equalling (with Jeremy Henry) sixth title.

Having recently moved to Australia calling Warilla home, Kelly went through the entire event without defeat, having dropped just one set in 11 sectional rounds and the semi-final.

Earlier in the day, it was Aquilina who ended hopes of a seventh title from resident carpet specialist Henry, with a straight sets semi-final win.

Edwards, the reigning Commonwealth Games singles gold medalist, reaffirmed her mantle as arguably the most successful female competitor in world bowls when she claimed the women’s title.

The rangy Kiwi defeated Guernsey pocket-rocket and defending champion Lucy Beere in straight sets, a repeat match-up of the 2017 final and 2018 semi-final.

Congratulations to BCiB Australian Jackaroo Rebecca Van Asch on securing a bronze medal in her first tournament back following the birth of her child.