Jeremy Henry is a man for the big occasion and he proved that again last week as he won the World Cup singles for a remarkable fourth time.
Australia’s favourite adopted son has added an unprecedented fourth World Cup title to his name in a master class performance in front of fans at Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club, a club he calls home.
Henry, if he wasn’t already, is the official king of the indoor, winning a staggering amount of games in NSW qualifying, Australian Indoor Championships and through sectional and finals in five World Cup’s that he has now contested as an Australian representative.
The Coleraine man, who now lives in New South Wales, overcame Irish mate Andrew Kyle 8-6, 9-3 at Warilla, Henry’s home rink.
It was a final that enthralled the large crowd gathered at Warilla and also keen viewers from around the world who tuned into the popular live streaming of this event.
Henry says he is proud of his achievement this year after having to start the qualifying process again.
“It’s just fantastic; losing the semi-final last year and having to go back and win the Australian Indoor to get back here for another crack at a World Cup has made it all the more special,” said our newly crowned champion.
“We UK players grew up on the indoor surface so it is always a pleasure to go back and play indoors and I think that is why I’ve been successful in this event.”
Henry finished with 10 wins and just one loss to Towradgi Park’s Pete Bonsor (Spain). He has a remarkable Cup record of winning the event four times (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) plus making the final while representing Ireland in 2007 and reaching the semis last year.
“It’s been a great event for me and playing at home makes a fourth win really special,’’ the player nicknamed ‘Aussie Jezza’ said.
“All week I played well and having a couple of days off ahead of the semi-final freshened me up.
“Andy (Kyle) is a terrific bowler and a mate of mine when we played together for Ireland side many moons ago. It’s great he made his first World Cup final and he had a great tournament.’’
The turning point came in the first set with Henry ahead 6-5 with two ends to play, but down two shots in the eighth. Kyle was pressing hard to take the set, but Henry showed his class by playing a great draw bowl under pressure to pick up two shots and extend his lead to 8-5.
And though Kyle won the last end of the set with a single, Henry still took it 8-6.
“Luckily enough I pulled a couple of bowls out at the end of the first set which gave me a little bit of momentum going into the second,” said Henry.