1. ITV Report

European bowls championships get underway in Guernsey

Players from 14 member nations are in Guernsey for the championships. Credit: ITV Channel TV

The 2019 European Bowls Team Championships began in Guernsey on Sunday with players from 14 member nations, including Jersey, involved.

It is the second time Guernsey has hosted the biennial event having staged the inaugural team championships in 1997.

Guernsey and Jersey have never won the team title, although the Sarnians have finished twice on two occasions, including in Jersey in 2017.

Each team consists of four players who will compete for men's and women's pairs, and mixed fours, titles alongside overall team honours.

The round-robin championships, which are being played across three venues - Vale Rec, Delancey Park and Beau Sejour, conclude on Friday.

Two-time winners Ireland are the defending team champions, while England are the most successful nation with five titles.

We hosted the first one in 1997, we needed two venues - we now need three so it's fantastic that it's grown in numbers, and the future looks really, really good. Before this event we've had two days of umpiring and coaching courses and I'm very pleased to say that we now have 17 qualified coaches in Guernsey, it's absolutely fantastic. For us it's a big step forward in our development, as well as some other countries - the Isle of Man and Jersey also have got qualified coaches now.

– Garry Collins, Bowls Guernsey

Guernsey team: Todd Priaulx, Rose Ogier, Lucy Beere, Matt Le Ber.

Jersey team: Derek Boswell, Kim Gallichan, Fiona Archibald, Greg Davis.