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EIGHTY-SIX men and women bowlers nationwide have been named in a program as potential members of the Australia side.
Overseen by national coach Steve Glasson, they will be provided with support from five National Training Centre coaches spread across the nation.
This is a move that will do away with Australia A, the second tier squad.
The named players will feed directly into the Australian Jackaroos, made up of 10 men, 10 women.
More than a quarter of the chosen are from Queensland, it has provided 22 of the 86.
NSW has 19 - three from as far north as Newcastle's Raymond Terrace. The other states share the remaining 45 places - Victoria 12, South Australia 11, Western Australia and Tasmania seven, Northern Territory six, ACT two.
The emphasis is on youth. Thirty four teenagers have been chosen, the youngest is 12-year-old Marcus Simpson, of Darwin. Only 13 are over 30, two are over 40 - both also from Darwin, one aged 52, the other 45.
Champions at Lismore
EIGHT title-winning bowlers will vie for the NRDBA champion of club champions singles crown when the event opens at South Lismore on Saturday.
The draw is: G Pitts v K Gillespie, W Partridge v K Troy, J Wyborn v E Butler, L Jones v P Sharp.
The semi-final will be on Sunday morning with the final in the afternoon.
The following week the pairs champion of champions will open at South Lismore. On the Sunday morning, D Bruggy/W Ianna will play D Newton/K Troy; R Reid/P Sharp will be up against J Bultitude/G Burt - the winners will move into the semi-final in the afternoon.
In another scheduled morning game, C Peel/T Peel have forfeited to I Conlan/G Stewart who will move into the afternoon semis in which they will meet K Conlan/L Jones.
The final will be at the same venue on the afternoon of August 29.
AUSTRALIA'S No 1 ranked bowler, Ryan Bester, is a Canadian who is bowls co-ordinator at Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast. Queensland has been trying to entice him to relinquish his Canadian citizenship and become a Bananabender who would boost its state side. But Bester is having none of it. He told the official journal, "I know for sure I'll get picked to go to the Commonwealth Games for Canada; there's no guarantee of being picked to play for Queensland or Australia. The competition here is the best in the world."
Bester who won three ranking events this year - the Queensland state singles, the Tweed Heads Golden Nugget singles and the Broadbeach Blue Diamond pairs - met his Waterloo in Ballina's Summerland singles, beaten by home-grown youngster Aaron Teys.
INDI Conlan has been selected in the NSW Combined High School's side to play the NSW Under-18s at Port Macquarie next month.
This is one championship the city region has not won since the event started in 2002.
The Combined High School's side was named after last week's state championships at Armidale at which four city and six country regions competed in sides made up of two teams of four.
Three Alstonville High School students - Indi and twin brother Kit with Adam Weule - were in the North Coast side that finished state runner-ups, defeated 36-31 in the final by Hunter region. Team manager Peter Jarrett was highly impressed by his side's performance.
No Jack Attack
LATEST figures on Jack Attack show that 83 clubs around Australia - 23 in Queensland - are taking advantage of this inexpensive form of bowls to attract newcomers to our game and boost income.
Sydney clubs have taken it to heart. It remains a mystery why none of our locals seem interested in it, particularly when Queensland reports each lot of players means an average $1800 in bar sales, playing fees, gaming and food.
THUMBING through a 54-year-old bowls magazine I saw where two of the 1961 Australian test cricket squad had a game of bowls at an Edgbaston club.
The report said conditions were 'very much against the Australians'.
Half a hundred years on, our cricketers are still having trouble with the conditions over there.