Jordan King to represent NZ
14 Jul 2015
Auckland Representative Squad Member Jordan King will join three current Blackjack squad members to represent New Zealand at this year’s Hong Kong International Bowls Classic in November.
While none of the players chosen were in the team recently selected for this year’s Asia Pacific Championships in Christchurch Convenor of Selectors Dave Edwards has made it clear that these players are still very much in the frame for selection come the 2016 World Championships. “Prior to the Worlds in November next year we have two major warm up events, the annual Trans-Tasman and a 6 nations invitational. Good results in Hong Kong could see any one of these players force their way into the team for these events and the following World Championships” said Edwards.
In the women’s Tayla Bruce (Canterbury), who made her Blackjacks debut against Australia in March’s Trans-Tasman, will be joined by Glasgow Fours Bronze medalist Amy McIlroy (Nelson). In the men’s her Commonwealth Games team mate Blake Signal (Wellington) will be joined by new comer Jordan King (Auckland).
In recent months King (29) has been a member of the Auckland Intercentre team, the New Zealand Development team and made post section play at the Australian Open. Edwards stated “we believe Jordan is ready for international play and this is a great way for him to be introduced to a level of bowls that he previously hasn’t played. With the support of the rest of the team who are all experienced Blackjacks we are sure he can handle it.”
“We have now named all the teams to play the top events during the balance of 2015. We are confident that every one of the players named will make the most of their opportunities to force their way into the team for 2016. The next 18 months is really an exciting time for bowls in New Zealand and we know all the players chosen want to be part of it. From the selectors point of view it is great to still have so many options” added Edwards.
Hong Kong International Bowls Classic Team:
Jordan King (Auckland)
Blake Signal (Wellington)
Tayla Bruce (Canterbury)
Amy McIlroy (Nelson)