Youth Elite Descend on Auckland

17 Apr 2014

The Kittyhawk National Under 20 Men’s and Women’s Singles played annually at Easter
weekend is now well established as a nursery for our up and coming Blackjacks. The Sets format
that has been used in the past 2-3 seasons has now been abandoned and play will revert to the
more usual format of 21 shots up but with a Time Limit of 1 ¾ hours.

The field at the National event is made up of 32 men and 16 women. The quality the field this
year is once again outstanding with many of the contestants having played in the recent trans-
Tasman series against Australia. Once again the qualifiers from all Regions have had to progress
through a Regional Qualifying event to progress to the national finals. Such is the evenness and
strength of the players coming through from around the country that even some of the selected
players for the trans-Tasman missed out on qualifying for the finals!

With the natural age attrition there were three Wild Card opportunities for the men this year and
these went to the Mason twins Oliver and Elliot and to Dean Drummond and they join Sheldon
Bagrie-Howley (a previous winner), Cameron Bailey, Richard Hocking, Ethan Kelliher and Taylor
Horn as automatic entries. However there are a number of younger bowlers who have been
making their mark in the secondary schools completion who will give some these players a hurryup.
Picking a winner is very difficult in what is a very even field.

Last year’s runner up in the Women’s event, Siobhan Archer, while still eligible will not be taking
her place in the field this year and her place has been taken by Cait Bassett (who played in the
trans-Tasman series) from the Allenton Club in Ashburton.

Another player from the trans-Tasman who gained entry through a player withdrawal is
MacKenzie Blucher from the Te Atatu Peninsula Club in Auckland. Both these players are sure to
be among the strong contenders in the women’s field which also includes last year’s winner
Selina Goddard (now resident in Australia), Holly McIlroy, Tayla Bruce, Katelyn Inch and Nicole
Toomey – just to name a few in what is a very high quality field.

The quarter-finalists from the men’s event last year and the semi-finalists from last year’s
women’s event are all accorded automatic entry into this year’s event provided they are still
eligible age-wise.

The criteria is 19 years of age or under on Good Friday of the current year. Those who do not
qualify automatically will have had to qualify at Regional Playoffs.

Good luck to all the players in this year’s event- we hope the weather is kind to you!!

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