Jackaroos’ jerseys up for grabs

by admin on June 12, 2015

Club Helensvale’s Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice and Mark Casey and Broadbeach’s Sean Ingham were among 16 invited to trial for the 10-man 2015/16 Jackaroos’ men’s squad. Club Helensvale and Queensland bowls stars Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey and Nathan Rice and Broadbeach’s Sean Ingham were among 16 of Australia’s best bowlers to be invited to trial for the 10-man Jackaroo’s team for 2015/16.
This week’s National High Performance Men’s Camp run by national coach Steve Glasson OAM was hosted by Tugan Bowling Club on the Gold Coast, ahead of this year’s Australian Open, which starts tomorrow (Sat June 13).
Glasson and his fellow selectors have this year’s Asia Pacific (November/December) in the forefront of their minds, and they will be selecting for New Zealand’s unique playing conditions.
Tugun bowlers got to enjoy a showcase of great bowls yesterday, as Australia’s elite male bowlers took on the Hong Kong China international side.
Hong Kong will have a huge presence at this year’s Australian Open, with 25 entries received from the proud bowling nation as they begin their preparations on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

Queensland’s Sean Ingham, South Australia’s Scott Thulborn, and Andrew Howie from New South Wales were all given a late call up to trial for the Australian Squad, and join five other fresh faces granted the opportunity to trial alongside the current Australian Jackaroos (10).

NSW’s Mathew Pietersen has made himself unavailable for selection due to work commitments and Victoria’s Dylan Fisher has since withdrawn from the Australian High Performance Program, therefore leaving the National Selectors the tough task of reducing 16 talented bowlers into a squad of 10. 

Based on performances at the Australian Open and the training camp, the National selection panel are set to announce their 2015/16 National Squad’s at the conclusion of the world’s biggest festival of bowls, meaning strong performances at the nation’s premier event will go a long way into securing one of those 10 golden tickets. 

The Australian Women’s camp was held at Broadbeach last month, with 20 of Australia’s best women bowlers trialling for 10 spots.

This is who trialled at Tugun this week:

Matthew Baus* (26, Raymond Terrace, NSW)
Mark Casey* (33, Club Helensvale, QLD)
Andrew Howie (27, Mount Lewis, NSW)
Sean Ingham (21, Broadbeach, QLD)
Max Kleinig (25, Holdfast Bay, SA)
Matthew Flapper* (36, Ocean Grove, VIC)
Barrie Lester* (33, Mulgrave Country Club, VIC)
Ray Pearse (30, Cabramatta, NSW)
Nathan Rice* (35, Club Helensvale, QLD)
Wayne Ruediger* (38, Grange, SA)
Aron Sherriff* (29, Ettalong Memorial, NSW)
Scott Thulborn (31, Adelaide, SA)
Ben Twist (24, St Johns Park, NSW)
Wayne Turley (42, Taren Point, NSW)
Brett Wilkie* (40, Club Helensvale, QLD)
Aaron Wilson (23, Cheltenham, VIC)

* Denotes current Australian Jackaroos squad member