Hawick’s Julie retains world bowls title

There was a sense of double sporting celebration for the Borders over the weekend as Julie Forrest won the World Ladies Indoor Bowls Championship singles title for the second year running.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:45 am
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:45 am
Julie Forrest (archive picture)

At the Potters Leisure Resort’s International Arena in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Hawick player Julie (51) hit peak form in the second set of the final against Blackpool’s Janice Gower to repeat her success of 12 months ago.

Julie narrowly managed to win the first set, after almost surrendering a five-shot advantage, but she took control and sailed away to an 8-7, 15-3 victory to collecting another Langham Glass trophy.

She is already looking forward to a return in 2021 to aim for a hat-trick of titles and said she was delighted to have performed so well in this year’s final, having found a very good rhythm and level of consistency.

Julie was also very complimentary about how Gower had played and the battle she put up during the last set.

However, Julie said she was delighted to have played so well and that back-to-back triumphs had put her in the same bracket as some of the best players in the world.

On her way to the final, Julie knocked out fellow Scot Lorna Cameron and then, in the semi-final, Alison Merrien of Guernsey – her opponent in last year’s final – by 4-10, 11-4, 2-0.