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Don’t try and dis Barry when it comes to the bowling green

By Brayden May

TO SAY Barry Brennan has had a successful past several months would be an understatement.

In April, Brennan claimed the Victorian multi-physical pairs title alongside Josh Barry before backing it up with two gold medals at the multi-disability lawn bowls national championships last month.

His performances certainly haven’t gone unnoticed after he was selected in the Australian Jackaroos bowls squad to tour the United Kingdom next month.

Brennan is set to compete in the athletes with a disability triples alongside Barry, Chris Favel and Tony Bonnell in games against England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

‘‘Being able to represent your country is a huge honour,’’ Brennan said.

‘‘To say I wasn’t expecting the phone call would be a lie. Everything has happened so quickly.

‘‘I’m really excited to challenge myself against some of the best bowlers the world has to offer.’’

While Brennan is looking forward to getting to know the other members of his team, the opportunity to bowl with long-time friend Barry is one he holds dearly.

‘‘It’s great we just get to play another game together,’’ he said.

‘‘Our partnership is growing every time we get on the greens. Being able to have this experience with a friend is something I will never forget.’’

Given his recent success, Brennan’s form was just too good to ignore, according to national coach Steve Glasson.

‘‘We’ve had our eye on Barry for several months now,’’ he said.

‘‘He is a wonderful player who will add just as much off the greens as he will on it.

‘‘I’m really looking forward to being able to work alongside him.’’

Brennan and his teammates will travel to their primary base in Birmingham, England on July 7.