Aucklanders in NZ Development Squad
07 Feb 2017Congratulations to Auckland players Paris Baker, Taylor Horn and Aiden Takarua who have all been named in the Bowls NZ Development Squad for 2017.
Post January's Heartland Bank National Open Championships the Bowls New Zealand selectors, headed by Sharon Sims, have announced their development squad for 2017 from which a 10-person team will be selected for June's Trans-Tasman series against Australia on the Gold Coast.
The women's team includes a number of players with both international experience and over the last 12 months excellent results in key domestic events.
Waikato's Ashleigh Jeffcoat is the current Youth Commonwealth Singles Champion and part of January's champion Heartland Bank National Open Championship winning pairs combination.
She is joined in the squad, by amongst others, Canterbury's Cait Bassett who was runner up to Jeffcoat in the National Under 21 Championships and Auckland's Paris Baker who is the reigning National Under 18 Champion. Also included is Sarah Scott from Dunedin who recently represented New Zealand at the Hong Kong Classic.
The men's side of the team includes 16-year-old Seamus Curtin (Wellington) the singles silver medalist at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games and current under 18 National Champion. Added to which a strong showing at the National Championships in both singles and the fours must now mean he will be a front runner to make the final team in June.
Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (Southland) has twice represented New Zealand at the Junior World Cup and will therefore be a favourite to join Curtin when the final team is announced.
The remaining squad members all had top results at the recent Heartland Bank National Open Championship held in Taranaki so filling the other available spots will be a real dilemma for the selectors.
For the rest of the top level young bowlers around the country the upcoming under 18 and under 21 championships now take on added importance as good finishes there will certainly influence the selectors thoughts when naming the squad for the November internationals.
The full Bowls New Zealand Development squad is;
Paris Baker - Auckland
Cait Bassett - Canterbury
Kimberley Hemingway - Wellington
Ashleigh Jeffcoat - Waikato
Natasha Russell - Wellington
Sarah Scott - Dunedin
Nicole Toomey -Wellington
Sheldon Bagrie-Howley -Southland
Seamus Curtin -Â Wellington
Bradley Down -Wellington
Richard Hocking - Canterbury
Taylor Horn -Â Auckland
Finbar McGuigan - Wellington
Aiden Takarua - Auckland