It’s a different looking Australian team heading to Birmingham to defend their 2018 gold, with Rebecca Van Asch being joined by Lynsey Clarke and Natasha Van Eldik at Leamington Spa. Scotland will look to go better than their silver on the Gold Coast.
Sectional Draw for the Women’s Triples
Section A – Australia (Lynsey Clarke, Natasha Van Eldik, Rebecca Van Asch), Northern Ireland (Ashleigh Rainey, Courtney Meneely, Chloe Wilson), South Africa, Falkland Islands, Singapore
Section B – Scotland (Dee Hoggan, Lauren Baillie-White, Caroline Brown), Wales (Laura Daniels, Ysie White, Anwen Button), Cook Islands, Botswana (Marea Modultwa, Tshenolo Moshokgo, Lesego Motladiile)
Section C – England (Jamie-Lea Winch, Natalie Chestney, Sian Honnor), New Zealand (Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Nicole Toomey), India, Niue
Section D – Canada, Malaysia, Fiji, Norfolk Island (Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez, Ellie Dixon)
Australia will be seeking retribution in the mens triples, after being shocked by Scotland in the final four years ago. Aron Sherriff and Nathan Rice have dropped out of the Australian squad, with Carl Healey and Ben Twist to accompany Barrie Lester at the Games. Healey comes into the games in good form, having recently won the Australian Open fours title.
Darren Burnett remains in the Scottish triples squad, joined by Stewart Anderson and Iain McLean – their pool match with the Ali Forsyth led New Zealand team is perhaps the pick of the sectionals.
Sectional Draw for the Men’s Triples
Section A – Scotland (Stewart Anderson, Iain McLean, Darren Burnett), New Zealand (Ali Forsyth, Mike Galloway, Andrew Kelly), India, Malta
Section B – Australia (Barrie Lester, Carl Healey, Ben Twist), Jersey, Cook Islands, Niue
Section C – Norfolk Island (Ryan Dixon, Haydn Evans, Trevor Gow), Wales (Owain Dando, Ross Owen, Jon Tomlinson), Fiji, Northern Ireland (Adam McKeown, Gary Kelly, Ian McClure)
Section D – Canada, England (Louis Ridout, Nick Brett, Jamie Chestney), Malaysia, South Africa