Suffolk’s Katherine Rednall playing waiting game on Commonwealth Games spot after trials

Katherine Rednall, pictured playing indoors, is in contention for a Commonwealth Games spot, playing

Katherine Rednall, pictured playing indoors, is in contention for a Commonwealth Games spot, playing in the lawn bowls competition. - Credit: James Bass

Suffolk bowls star Katherine Rednall will discover her Commonwealth Games lawn bowls fate in September.

The current World Indoor Bowls champion flew out to Australia as one of 14 players in the England squad to take part in trial games against some fierce opposition.

The 21-year-old played outdoor singles games against top home player, Natasha Scott, who is considered almost a certain pick for the Games in Australia next year, and also featured in a number of pairs, triples and fours encounters.

“We had trials for the whole two weeks against the Australian international team and some state teams and I won’t find out until September whether or not I have been selected,” said Rednall, who hopes to be in the final cut of 10 players (five men, five women) for the Games.

“I was happy with how it went – I mainly played singles but I also played some pairs and triples and people were played in different positions to see what worked.”

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The Games are being held next year on the Gold Coast in Australia, between April 4 and 15, so this was a good chance for Rednall to get used to the rinks Down Under.

“It will be hotter when the Commonwealths are on, but the greens are lovely and the temperatures were in the mid-20s all the time,” explained the former Stowmarket High School sixth-form pupil, who is now a university student, studying a degree in fashion and textiles.

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“I couldn’t have wished for anything better.”

Rednall, from Baylham, who was also crowned World Indoor champion in 2015, added: “The opposition we faced was brilliant.

“Bowls is massive over there. We faced the Jackaroos, which is the Australian national team, and they were at full strength.

“That came in the first week when we had not had much practice, so that wasn’t ideal.

“We also played a three-day Test out there against Queensland.”

Rednall, the 2016 Mixed Pairs Indoor title holder, plays outdoors locally for Felixstowe & Suffolk, whilst indoors, she plays for Ipswich & District.

Norfolk’s Bex Field was also in the squad that went to Australia.

A total of 70 nations will be competing at the 24th Commonwealth Games in a total of 275 events.

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