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Shauna O'Neill

An A to Z of Team Taylor

Shauna O'Neill

"I have played with Taylor bowls for most of my bowling career and have developed a lot of trust with them which gives me the confidence to play any shot that I need to. The ace model has contributed to all of my success in the northern hemisphere."

Which model(s)/size of Taylor bowls  do you enjoy playing with and why? Ace size 1 or 2. The ace model is extremely versatile and I feel confident that it will react well to any surface.

 What country/region/club/team do you play for?

Country – Ireland

Club – Ballybrakes indoor and Limavady Outdoor

When and why did you start playing bowls?

Most of my family members play short mat and I started playing that when I was 6 years old. My dad was the junior coach for our area and he needed me to play to make up numbers. I started outdoor when I was 15 thanks to Mandy Cunningham. I tried indoor on and off for a few years but properly committed and played my first full season in 2018/19 and continued on from there.

Are there any particular stories/incidents you would like to tell us about that relate to your bowling?

The chances are always high of me embarrassing myself when I’m on a bowling green, whether it’s falling into ditches or doing the splits thanks to our lovely UK weather!

 In the bowling world who do you most admire and why?

The person I admire most is my Dad Ryan O’Neill, he has achieved so much in the short mat game but has also put just as much back into it.

Do you have a favourite – film, book, song, football team, actor, etc? It can be more than one if you like.

Singer – Noah Kahan

Tv Series – Greys Anatomy


Shauna's major bowling achievements:-

2023 World U25 indoor Ladies Singles Champion

2023 World U25 indoor mixed pairs Champion

2023 World Championships – Triples Bronze Medalist

2023 Irish Indoor U25 singles and Fours Champion  

2022 Commonwealth Games NI Representative

2022 European Pairs Silver Medalist

2022 World U25 Indoor Ladies Singles bronze Medalist

2022 World U25 Indoor mixed pairs bronze Medalist

2022 Irish Indoor pairs and U25 singles champion

2022 Provincial women’s Singles, pairs & fours champion

2019 Atlantic Rim Triples Bronze Medalist

2019 Provincial ladies pairs champion

2018 Irish U25 Outdoor Singles champion

2017 Irish U25 Outdoor singles champion 

2016 U18 British Isles indoor pairs Bronze Medalist