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Greg Harlow focusing on first hurdle ahead of starting his Open Singles campaign at the Just World Indoor Bowls Championship


By Sports Newmarket


Greg Harlow admits winning a second Open Singles title at the Just World Indoor Bowls Championship is far from his mind right now, writes Alex Moss.

FINAL SPOT: Greg Harlow will partner Nick Brett in the final of the Open Pairs on Monday (Picture: WBT)
FINAL SPOT: Greg Harlow will partner Nick Brett in the final of the Open Pairs on Monday (Picture: WBT)

The City of Ely Bowls Club stalwart won the prestigious title back in 2010 and starts his latest campaign against Australian qualifier Brendan Egan in the first round on Monday (10am).

But the 50-year-old, who is already through to the Open Pairs final with former club mate Nick Brett, insists the thought of lifting the coveted title for a second time will only materialise if he makes it to the latter stages.

“I’ll be honest, winning it is far from my mind,” he said. “I’m in the first round and it’s when you get to the last weekend and the semi-finals and final that you start to think about it.

“I’m world ranked number one. I still hold that position at the moment, but bowls is not like any other sport.

“It’s very much on the day and you have to come here and take care of business and be on your game. I don’t know much about Brendan, but he’s come through the Australian qualifier which is very tough, so he’ll definitely be a good player.”

Before Monday’s Open Pairs final against Alex Marshall and Paul Foster (1pm), Harlow will team up with Katherine Rednall in the Mixed Pairs quarter-finals tomorrow.

  • Harlow’s fellow City of Ely player Ellen Falkner, a three-time Women’s Singles champion, faces Janice Gower in the last eight on Saturday (7.30pm).

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