Emily Kernick at the National Championships

 

Emily Kernick (SIBC) played her first match of the 2018/2019 National qualifying rounds in November and before finally qualifying for the last 16 at Nottingham BC she had won & progressed 3 further times. In the final qualifying game Emily won 21-18 in a very competitive game versus Shannon Swift from Northampton. Finding herself 9-1 down she battled back gamely to fully earn her place in the final last 16 line up.

 

The draw could well have been kinder to Emily as she found herself up against Katherine Rednall from Norfolk BC in the last 16.

 Katherine really needs no introduction; and amongst her many achievements thus far has won the World Indoor Bowls singles Championships on 3 occasions, (being the youngest ever winner in 2014 at just 18 years old) also winning the world doubles championship along the way. She also represents England outdoors and won a bronze medal at the commonwealth games 2018 in the women's triples. Not a mean feat for someone still only 24 years of age.

 

Emily started her game very well with her bowls all around the jack in the first few ends. However Katherine Rednall was proving a class opponent and managed to find a number of quality bowls to pinch the ends. The game seemed to be running away from Emily and with the game at 16-8 and Katherine nailing her customary short length jacks, the end was not looking far off. However Emily's never die attitude and grittiness got her back in it and she clawed herself back to 15-16. 

Whilst Emily was playing a cracking game herself at this stage Katherine was still playing well and when a couple of unlucky running shots unfortunately went the wrong way for Emily, Katherine finally ran out 21-15.

Katherine progressed to the next round and went on to win the final. Scores were 21-10, 21-3, in the final winning 21-8 (all against current England internationals).

 

The members of Solihull IBC would like to congratulate Emily on the fine achievement getting there to finals day in what was her first season qualifying. 

She has certainly earned massive plaudits from coaches and selectors watching amongst the audience. The future looks bright!