Forrest makes history as she retains world title

4-4-14'RO14B''Grainville Indoor Bowls Stadium. World Indoor Bowls Council Championships. Womens Singles Final.  Lindsey Greechan (JSY) (white shirt) and Julie Forrest (SCO) (blue shirt)'          Picture: ROB CURRIE'REF:02130209.jpg
4-4-14'RO14B''Grainville Indoor Bowls Stadium. World Indoor Bowls Council Championships. Womens Singles Final. Lindsey Greechan (JSY) (white shirt) and Julie Forrest (SCO) (blue shirt)' Picture: ROB CURRIE'REF:02130209.jpg

World champion bowler Julie Forest has admitted that she had to overcome an early attack of nerves, before going on to secure the title for the fourth time.

The 45-year-old from Hawick saw off Jersey’s Lindsay Greechan in front of the opponents’ home crowd, when the island hosted the World Bowls Championship.

And for the Teri winner, it is not only the title victory which she is still celebrating.

Julie said: “I found the championship quite nerve-wracking, because I’ve not had a great year and my seeding has not been as good as it has in the past.

“I wanted to prove to myself that I could still do it, but at the start I wasn’t playing as well as I could and I was doubting myself.”

But Julie made it through to the quarter-finals, where she was up against her own teammate and roommate, Lynn Stein, and it was at this point that the Hawick ace found her old form.

“That gave me the boost I needed and I started to tell myself I was in with a chance,” she added.

“From then on I just got better and better, and I wasn’t aware of the other players or the crowd.

“I was in the zone, and it was great.”

Such focus proved invaluable during the final as the home crowd inside the Grainville Indoor Bowls Centre enthusiastically backed their own, when Julie clinched the first set 10-5. The second set proved closer with Greechan stepping up her game, and Julie admits she had to “pull out some big bowls”, adding: “I ditched the white and that was the end of it, she was demoralised.”

Julie, who also has an astonishing six Scottish indoor titles behind her, commented: “Obviously I was playing against the crowd, but you learn to ignore that, you have to be able to do that. I was absolutely thrilled to bits to win.”

She added: “There is no-one else, man or woman, who has won four times, so I’m delighted.”

Julie and mixed pairs partner Steven Allan were knocked out in the semi-final.

Julie’s indoor record to date: 1992 – Scottish Pairs; 1993 – Scottish Triples; 1994 – Scottish Pairs; 2001 – Scottish Singles, Scottish Masters and World Mixed Pairs; 2002 – Scottish Masters and World Mixed Pairs; 2003 – Scottish Singles, Scottish Pairs and Scottish Masters; 2004 – World Singles and British Isles Singles; 2008 – Scottish Singles; 2009 – Scottish Singles; 2010 – British Isles Singles, World Singles and Scottish Triples; 2011 – British Isles Singles; 2013 – Scottish Singles and World Singles.