Rednall beats eventual Commonwealth champion in first major tournament

KITTED OUT: Katherine Rednall in her Team England kit ahead of her first competition in England colours  (Picture: Team England)
KITTED OUT: Katherine Rednall in her Team England kit ahead of her first competition in England colours (Picture: Team England)
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Katherine Rednall, from Stowmarket, has finished her first-ever Commonwealth Games appearance, with three wins and two losses in the group stages.

The 22-year-old did not make it out of Section D of the Women's Singles event in the Gold Coast, as she fell narrowly short of enough points to progress to the competition's quarter finals.

But, despite suffering two losses which ultimately prevented her progress to the next round, the three-time World Indoor Bowls Champion managed to record a 21:17 victory over Jo Edwards, the New Zealand favourite who went on to win gold.

It was Edwards only loss on her way to becoming Commonwealth champion, as Rednall competed for England in her first major outdoor tournament.

Rednall, a member of Felixstowe & Suffolk Bowls Club got underway on Thursday morning in the Gold Coast, against Malaysia's Emma Firyana Saroji in round one.

She lost it 21:11 but bounced back in round two against Pinki from India to come out on the winning end of a 21:11 scoreline.

Then came the impressive contest against Edwards, before she beat Niue's Pauline Blumsky 21:9 in round four.

With three wins and one loss, she was in a good position going into round five, the final round of the heats, as she sat in third in Section D of the competition. With only the top two going through, however, victory was essential in her final match, against Fiji's Litia Tikoisuva.

But the youngest ever winner of an World Indoor Bowls title fell agonisingly short, as she lost 21:20 to end her first foray into a major outdoor competition.

She said: “It was a horrible situation going in to the game because I knew that I was in a position where I had to win but I also had to beat the Fijian lady by six more than Jo beat the Malaysian (Saroji) so you couldn’t just play to win you had to control the shots but at the end it was uncontrollable because Jo absolutely took the Malaysian apart.

“I think at one point I was well up, about 12-5 something like that where if the Malaysian lady didn’t get more than four shots and Jo beat her to three or less then potentially Jo and I could have both gone through.

"There were so many variables you had to keep an eye on but in the end, it didn’t really matter what the outcome was as Jo beat her by too many shots and that affected me at the end.

"Obviously, I still wanted to win but it’s difficult when you know the situation.

“I am still pleased with how the games went, I got in the hardest group by a long way on paper and that’s proven by how tight it was at the top but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

"I’ve played Jo Edwards and beat her on a TV ring so I’ve got to take that away. I’m very pleased with what I’ve done, and I just hope that I puts me in the good steps for the triples now.”