BOWLS - Rugby's Jamie-Lea Winch wins Commonwealth Games gold in lawn bowls - The Rugby Observer

BOWLS - Rugby's Jamie-Lea Winch wins Commonwealth Games gold in lawn bowls

Rugby Editorial 8th Aug, 2022 Updated: 8th Aug, 2022   0

RUGBY’S Jamie-Lea Winch claimed lawn bowls gold for Team England in the women’s triples at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games alongside Natalie Chestney and Sian Honnor.

The trio held their nerve in a tricky final encounter against Malaysia to secure England’s second gold at Victoria Park in Leamington Spa, following a win for their men’s triples team.

And England took an early lead in the showpiece only to be pegged back before five winning ends on the spin to secure a deserved 17-9 win.

Winch said: “It means so much more to win with my friends. We’re playing for a country but we are also really playing for each other.

“We’ve been together since Delhi and we’ve come such a long way. To cap that journey off with a gold medal is fantastic.

“I’ve already got a silver and a bronze so this was the one that I really wanted and I couldn’t ask for anymore.

“This has been the moment I’ve been dreaming of, I always believed it would happen at some point and we’ve finally got over the line.”

England topped an extremely competitive group ahead of New Zealand and India, with the former going on to win bronze, before dispatching Northern Ireland 25-11 in the quarter-finals.

And England then thrashed Cook Islands 23-11 in the semi-finals to set up a gold medal showdown against Malaysia.

The gold medal completes the set for Winch who won bronze in the triples at Delhi 2010 and silver in the pairs at Glasgow 2014.

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