Belfast Telegraph

Chloe Watson is out to crown season with world title

By David Mason

Chloe Watson has the chance to end the indoor bowls season in a blaze of glory!

Not only will the 18-year-old attempt to become the first Northern Ireland player to win the prestigious WIBC Women's singles title since the legendary Margaret Johnston, but the Bangor girl will also feature in the World Bowls Tour qualifiers at the Watson Stadium.

Watson has experienced a wonderful indoor campaign, which included breakthrough victories in the BIIBC Under-18 Mixed pairs and the WIBC Under-25 women's singles - she won a gold medal in both events.

She almost made it a unique hat-trick, but was defeated in the final of the British Isles singles by Alison Merrien from the Channel Islands.

However, she will soon be jetting off to Jersey to feature in the WIBC singles, looking to match Johnston's achievement back in 1989.

But Watson will first focus on the WBT qualifiers, where places in next season's Scottish Open, Super Bowl and International Open, are up for grabs.

"It will be a hectic end to the indoor term," stresses Watson. "The qualifiers take place next weekend over three days and the WIBC singles begin the following Wednesday. It's a lot to pack in.

"However, it will be great preparation for the women's singles."

Watson will line out against her Belfast club colleague Scott Jess in the first round of the Super Bowl qualifier, with the winner facing either Clifford Craig or Alistair Kennedy in round two.

Then, in the Scottish Open, Watson has been handed a difficult assignment against Ireland international Graham McKee. In Sunday's International Open, Watson faces Nicholas Greenfield, but former champion Mark McPeak awaits the winner.

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