Are you ready?
Queensland’s top 12 men and women bowlers poised to do battle for state pride and the Alley Shield and Marj Morris Trophy. Pictured on the greens at Queanbeyan today, Queensland’s Top 12 men and women are gearing up to do battle from tomorrow for four days at Australian Sides Championships 2016.
The top dozen men and women bowlers in each state and territory will battle for state pride at Australian Sides Championships, March 31 – April 3 at Queanbeyan NSW (hosted by Bowls ACT).
QLD was lucky to place second in the women’s comp last year and QLD men unlucky to place third, with NSW dominating both competitions.
The quest is the Alley Shield for the men and the Marj Morris Trophy for the women.
QLD is quietly confident.
“We have a very good team this year, with a lot of players coming off some tough matches against some top national and international players. We have all of our Trans Tasman team in the squad as well as quite a few from Premier League. That is a lot of experience. It’s looking very good for a victory.” – Brett WIlkie
“Coming off such a good win over NSW in the recent test series gives us a great deal of confidence. The squad is a great mix of new blood and experienced players and everybody is in top form. We have struggled in the Australian Sides in the past few years but it’s looking good for 2016.” – Kurt Brown
“I think it is one of the best teams I’ve been a member of. We all click and are great mates. That’s half the battle. If you get on with your team mates and play as well as we have been playing, you already have it half won.” – Sean Ingham
“We have taken silver in the last two Australian Sides, so we are keen to get the gold this year. We are taking the same team we had against NSW in the test, and while they got the better of us, I think we have made some improvements in our game. As a team we have a lot of heart, and we will all be trying our best to snatch that gold.” – Lynsey Clarke
“We have a great bunch of girls going to the Australian Sides this year and I am very confident we are going to do well. We have been playing good consistent bowls together and always look out for each other. In the end that is what we will have to do – play well and keep backing each other up.” – Pam Rowe
QLD MEN, Australian Sides 2016
Mark Thatcher, Robert Wild, Sean Baker, Nathan Rice (s)
Sam White, Braidan Leese, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey (s)
Steve McNamee, Sean Ingham, Scott De Jongh, Kurt Brown (s)
QLD WOMEN, Australian Sides 2016
Sam Wilson, Emma Brown, Melissa Larcombe, Julie Keegan (s)
Kristy Thatcher, Bolivia Millerick, Wendy Wilson, Lynsey Clarke (s)
Natasha Jones, Pam Rowe, Sue Brady, Louise Witton (s)