Qld juniors out for revenge
Queensland’s young guns will be out for blood when they go head-to-head with New South Wales at the Under 18 Test Series at Brisbane’s Toombul Bowls Club from June 30-July 2.
State coach Bill Cornehls has crafted a “new-look side” that he hopes will secure a series win over last year’s victors.
The Queensland boys team has been given a drastic makeover with Nic Gosley from Wynnum Manly and West Toowoomba’s
Hayden Vogler the only remaining players from 2013.
The three new kids on the block are Mitchell Mears (Algester), Jake Rynne (North Dalby) and Jesse Turnbull (Hamilton).
The girls team has also been overhauled, albeit not as drastically as the boys.
Connie-Leigh Rixon from Club Kawana, Taleah Putney from Gayndah and April Wilson from Club Helensvale return to the Queensland line-up, where they are joined by newcomers Tiffany Murray (Miriam Vale) and Sophie Young (Capalaba).
Cornehls has high hopes for his reshuffled side.
“It may be a new-look team, but we’ve got some fantastic players in there and they’ll be hungry for success,” he said.
Queensland’s state coach is also hoping the hometown advantage will give his mini-Maroons the edge in 2014.
“Hopefully the players will feel more comfortable in their surroundings and really take the series up to them (NSW),” Cornehls said.
“It will be a close series, a competitive series, but if we stick to what we want to achieve we’ll take the positives out of the game.”