Merrylands Kiwis at Commonwealth Games

Glasgow 2014: Merrylands bowler Val Smith will represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Geoff Jones

Glasgow 2014: Merrylands bowler Val Smith will represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games. Picture: Geoff Jones

IF IT'S down to the wire between the Aussie and Kiwi lady lawn bowlers at Glasgow this month, the members at Club Merrylands Bowling may feel a bit torn.

From July 24, the Club Merrylands Bowling ladies' bowls co-ordinator, Val Smith, will represent New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games alongside Jo Edwards.

Smith, originally of Nelson in New Zealand, took up her position at Merrylands this year after she and Edwards began representing Merrylands at club level in the women's Pennants in 2007.

On Monday, Smith and Edwards left for Scotland to compete in the Games.

Smith will compete in the pairs and fours events, while Edwards will compete in the pairs and singles.

It is the third Commonwealth Games for Smith, a silver medallist in the singles at the Delhi Games in 2010.

"I call them my awesome Kiwis," said vice-president of the Merrylands Womens Bowling Club, Jenny Clark.

"Val actually medalled up in the last Commonwealth Games.

"Everyone is absolutely supporting her one hundred per cent — unless she's playing the Aussies in the final — and we told her that!

"Val is our local now — she's relocated to Australia, even though she breathes black and white."

Ms Clark said the year Val joined the women's Pennants side at Merrylands, the club won the flag and was crowned first in the state.

Merrylands bowls organiser Steve McGuinness said Smith was a veteran bowler and world champion who had made it to the top of her sport.

"Bowls is not an Olympic sport: this is the highest you can take it," he said.

"Before she left, we had a little send-off for her."

The competition at Glasgow 2014 will see athletes competing in four medal events for both men and women, as well as two Para-sport events.

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