Kirsten Edwards gets Blackjacks call-up for World Champs


Nelson’s Kirsten Edwards (nee Griffin)  has been added to the Blackjacks New Zealand bowls team for November’s World Championships.

She comes into the team as replacement for Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Mandy Boyd who has had to withdraw for personal reasons.

While the inform Boyd will be missed the excellent depth of the women’s squad means that they are able to call on the very experienced Val Smith to now skip both the women’s triples and fours.

Edwards will therefore slot into Smith’s previous positions.

Kirsten, whom many thought unlucky to miss out on original selection, now gets the chance to return to the greens of Christchurch where she has performed well over recent times.

At this year’s Heartland Bank National Open Championships she was a finalist in the pairs and part of the championship winning fours.

Her international debut at April’s Trans-Tasman followed by her performance at the invitational Six Nations event were both impressive.