Scottish legend returns

Towradgi Park recruit Matt Sargeant. Multiple world and Commonwealth Games champion Alex Marshall will return to play for Warilla in the Champions League tournament which begins tomorrow.

The Scottish bowls legend first joined Warilla in 2002 and with countryman Willie Wood helped Warilla win the NSW Premier League title that year.

The new Champions League includes Warilla and Towradgi Park from Illawarra Zone 16 plus six of NSW’s biggest clubs and best players.

Warilla, Towradgi Park, Merrylands, Mt Lewis, Roselands, Belrose, The Hills, and a NSW Institute of Sport team meet in a round-robin format before the finals on October 13-14.

In the opening round Towradgi are away to Merrylands tomorrow and on Saturday are away to Mt Lewis, while Warilla are away to The Hills tomorrow.

Towradgi Park have recruited John Green (Taren Point, ex-Corrimal), plus Matt Sargeant (Wiseman Park), Matt McIntyre (Oak Flats) and Tim Farrell (Dubbo Railway).

Marshall will use his stint with Warilla to prepare for the biggest tournament of the year, the world championships in Adelaide in late November.

Marshall has a resume of one of the finest players of his generation.

He announced his debut for Scotland at the 1992 world outdoor championships in Worthing, UK, by claiming three gold medals.

Since then ‘‘Tattie’’ has picked up three more world outdoor gold medals, plus Commonwealth Games gold in 2002 and 2006.

Perhaps his most significant achievement is winning a record five World Indoor Singles Championships since 1999.

Warilla bowls co-ordinator Jeremy Henry says the addition of Marshall gives the club the right blend of youth and experience for their assault on the 2012 Champions League.

Marshall is joined by former world No1, Leif Selby, plus Henry, the reigning Bowls World Cup champion, and stalwarts Geoff McGillivray, Wayne Crane and Ted Clarke.

NSW under 25 reps Jesse Noronha and Aaron Teys – the Zone 16 singles champion – complete the Warilla squad.

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