Goddard and Blucher make NZ Sides
13 Jan 2016
Auckland's Selina Goddard (Carlton Cornwall) has regained selection in the Black Jacks Squad and Mackenzie Blucher (Te Atatu Peninsula) has been named in the Development Side. Congratulations to both players!!
As November's World Championships in Christchurch get closer the Bowls New Zealand selectors continue to trial players and combinations in an effort to determine their top line ups.
The Heartland Bank National Open Championships only concluded last Friday and the selectors have wasted no time in naming their squad for March's Trans-Tasman and Six Nations events. Both events are to be held in Christchurch with the Six Nations including visiting teams from Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, Wales and Scotland.
In the Blackjacks for the first time Kirsten Griffin from Nelson will make her debut. Originally not a squad member she has forced her inclusion via consistent performances over the last 12 months including being a pairs finalist and member of the champion fours team at this month's Nationals.
In other changes from last November's Asia Pacific Championships team Mandy Boyd's twin National titles has seen her return as does Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Selina Goddard. Sandra Keith of Canterbury, who alongside Tayla Bruce, also of Canterbury, must feel very unlucky to not to have made the team. The selectors did however make comment when naming the team that while Tayla Bruce was seen as an exceptional singles player her lack of experience at the highest level in the other disciplines did, at this stage, count against her.
On the men's side, a win as part of the Blackjacks APL team, a National Pairs title and being named as the Heartland Bank National Championships most consistent player sees Ali Forsyth return to the Blackjacks fold. He is again joined by Blake Signal who also missed selection for the Asia Pacific Championships. Unfortunately due to work commitments both Tony Grantham and Mike Kernaghan are unavailable. Dave Edwards the National Coach and Convenor of Selectors said that "after returning with real success for the Asia Pacific Championships Mike will be missed and likewise so will Tony's vast experience. But this just adds to the size of the opportunity given to the other players and we are confident that one or more will stand up and grab it."
Edwards added that "the list of those who have missed out, especially in the women's, shows how strong the level of competition for team positions currently is. The full squad is playing extremely well and the decisions on who to leave out were particularly difficult. The team we have named has these two events to stake their claims. Then for the World Championships we can only name 5 men and 5 women, so things aren't going to get any easier"
The Six Nations event will be played at the three clubs that are to host the 2016 World Championships.
Full Blackjacks team lists are:
Val Smith, Mandy Boyd, Angela Boyd, Jo Edwards (MNZM), Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard, Kirsten Griffin
Paul Girdler, Shannon McIlroy, Ali Forsyth, Mike Nagy, Blake Signal, Andrew Kelly
The Trans-Tasman event also includes a Development Team test series. The team for this 3 test event was named at the same time. The women being;
Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Mackenzie Blucher, Cait Bassett, Nicole Toomey and Sarah Scott.
The New Zealand Development men's team is;
Seamus Curtin, Bradley Down, Richard Hocking, Euan Wong and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley.
New Zealand will be looking to defend the development trophy having won it off Australia last year.
Burnside Bowling Club, Christchurch
March 1st, 2nd, 3rd
6 Nations Invitational, Christchurch
Burnside Bowling Club, 6th March
Fendalton Bowling Club 7th and 8th March
Bowls Papanui 9 -11 March
While naming these sides the selectors also announced that Jo Edwards and Shannon McIlroy will represent New Zealand at the World Cup event to be held at Warilla Australia during March and that Katelyn Inch and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley will represent New Zealand at April's World Junior Cup. Held this year at the Broadbeach Club in Australia.