Alex Marshall (bowls)

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Alex Marshall
Commonwealth Bowls Mens Doubles 2014 2.JPG
Alex Marshall (left) at the medal award ceremony for the men's doubles teams at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Personal information
Born (1967-02-08) 8 February 1967 (age 52)[1][2][3]
Edinburgh, Scotland[1][2][3]
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1][2][3]

Alex "Tattie" Marshall, MBE (born 8 February 1967) is record breaking Scottish bowls player.[1][2][3]

Marshall plays at Gifford Bowls Club (outdoor) and East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club.[1] He was awarded an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours List for his services to the sport.[7] Marshall began bowling at the age of eight supported by both his father and grandfather and first represented his country in 1988.[7]

He is a record breaking six-time World Indoor Singles Champion. He has six World Indoor Pairs titles to his credit (four Men's Pairs and two Mixed Pairs).[4] Marshall has won six World Outdoor Championship Gold medals (Pairs in 1992, 2000 and 2012, Fours in 1992, and Team in 1992, 1996 and 2004).[4][8]

His other achievements include four Commonwealth Games Gold medals (Pairs in 2002, 2006 and 2014, and Fours in 2014),[1][4] one Atlantic Games Team Gold (in 2015),[4][5] and three Hong Kong International Classic Pairs titles (in 1993, 1996 and 2002).[1]

In 2012, Marshall and Paul Foster became the first pair to win the World Indoor and Outdoor Pairs titles in the same year.[8] In 2013, he claimed his first major WBT title outside the World Indoor title at the UK International Open.[9] In 2014, he won the Australian Premier League with the Murray Steamers and was named Most Valuable Player at the end of the season.[10] Marshall would also offer a challenge to Short mat bowls players from England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland aiming to defeat them in a game of short mat bowls.[11] Marshall would defeat Scotland's Lawrence Moffat and Wales' Ceri Jones; but would lose to Wales' multiple time world champion Steven Williams, and Irelands Dessie Hamilton. In the rubber match, he would draw against England's Dominic Reed. However, Reed would win the game's extra end.[12]

In 2016, two more bronze medals were added when he competed in the 2016 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Christchurch.[13] He added a pairs silver as part of the Scottish team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games with Paul Foster.[14] He then set a gold medal record for Scotland by winning the gold medal in the Fours with Ronnie Duncan, Derek Oliver and Paul Foster.[15] [16]

The success continued in 2019 when he won another open pairs at the 2019 World Indoor Bowls Championship, this was a fourth with Paul Foster and sixth in total. This was his 14th World indoor gold medal.[17][18]

World Indoor Performance timeline[edit]

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Men's Singles W SF SF QF W W R2 R2 W W R2
Open Pairs DNE W R1 SF SF QF QF SF R1 SF R1
Mixed Pairs Not held W DNE QF SF RU SF
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Men's Singles R2 RU R1 R2 QF W SF R2 R1 R2
Open Pairs QF W W W RU RU SF QF QF W
Mixed Pairs W R1 R1 DNE QF SF RU QF QF DNE

Men's Doubles partners = 2000 - 2003 David Gourlay, 2004 - 2017 & 2019 Paul Foster, 2018 Neil Furman
Mixed Doubles partners = 2004 Amy Monkhouse, 2006 Laura Hawryszko, 2007 Alison Merrien, 2008 Caroline Brown, 2009 Debbie Stavrou, 2010 - 2011 Carol Ashby, 2012 Janice Gower, 2014 Alison Merrien, 2015 - 2016 Julie Forrest.


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  2. ^ a b c d "Alex Marshall". Glasgow 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "Alex Marshall". Premier League Bowls. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Alex Marshall". BTotW. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "ATLANTIC BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Day 14 results". Bowls Scotland. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Scotland wins medals of every colour on week one of Atlantic Championships". Bowls Scotland. Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Alex Marshall". Scottish Places. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Foster and Marshall World Pairs Champions". Bowls Scotland. Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Marshall's First International Open Win". WBT. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  10. ^ "MARSHALL LEADS STEAMERS TO APL02 TITLE". Henselite. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Alex Marshall in duel to find the ultimate short mat bowls champion". evening News 24. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Greatest Short Mat Challenge". Greengauge bowls. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "2016 World Bowls Championship Finals". Burnside Bowling Club.
  14. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Wales win bowls men's pairs to deny Scotland's Alex Marshall". BBC Sport.
  15. ^ "Fours results". CG2018.
  16. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Scotland's Alex Marshall wins record fifth gold as women take bronze in bowls". BBC Sport.
  18. ^ "World Indoor Bowls Championship: Alex Marshall & Paul Foster win men's pairs final". BBC Sport.