Matt returns with bronze prize

Matt returns with bronze prize

OCEAN Grove Bowls Coach Matt Flapper returned to work last week at Club Grove after his breakthrough bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Flapper (pictured right) joined teammates Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, and Nathan Rice in Australia’s 15-14 bronze medal playoff victory over India in the Men’s Fours event in Glasgow on August 1. Voice sports reporter Mark Heenan (MH) spoke with Matt Flapper (MF) about his bronze medal achievement and Commonwealth Games experiences in Scotland.
(MH) It was a big occasion for you to get selected for your first Commonwealth Games team, what was the major highlight in Glasgow?
(MF) “I think the whole package obviously being part of the athletes’ village mixing it with all the other superstars of sport and people that we watch on television week in and week out that you are rubbing shoulders with and pretty much living with them for two weeks. Competing at the highest level we can in our sport has got to give you a buzz anytime, you reflect on that you can say that you have played your chosen sport at the highest possible level at the Commonwealth Games that will never leave you.”
(MH) You have represented Australia in some big tournaments at indoor and outdoor lawn bowls events can you draw a comparison with your Commonwealth Games experiences?
(MF) “This is obviously the pinnacle and probably the hardest competition I have played in because of a couple of aspects, the length of time the event runs over, so you have got to be at your peak and at the start of the event and at the same time at the end of the event. You start on day one and you have to be just as good on day ten.”
(MH) Talk about your experiences at your pre Commonwealth Games training camp. How intense was that?
(MF) “We had two weeks in a place called Ayr, which 45 minutes from Glasgow, we had different local  county teams we play against as warm up matches, plus we would spend time on the greens doing drills and honing our skills making sure we were ready and gave us that chance to adapt to the conditions of Glasgow and Scotland.”
(MH) Did you get a chance to watch any other sports at the Commonwealth Games?
(MF) “We did not get many opportunities to watch other sports, but on the last day we had tickets to the netball gold medal playoff so we went and watched Australia beat New Zealand, which was a good way to finish the Commonwealth Games.”
(MH) Now that you are back from the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, how is the new upcoming summer pennant bowls season shaping up Club Grove?
(MF) “I have come back into work and I have got 200-250 members at Ocean Grove Bowling Club who are super keen to start a pennant season, so we are just about to commence our practice matches that will be full on through September and we will get into the first game of pennant come first week of October. By then, I will be keen and ready to go and we start a new season, which I am looking forward to.”

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