Over 190 of Australia’s best bowlers will roll into Adelaide next week for the annual Australian Sides Championships, to be hosted at Lockleys Bowling Club.
Among those bowlers in attendance will be world champions, Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Australian Jackaroos and a host of the countries brightest young stars, all competing against one another in the State v State warfare, from April 6 to 9.
12 men and 12 women will line up in their respective state colours; the Australian Sides Championships is the ultimate test to find the best State or Territory across four days of hot competition.
In 2016 we saw the Victorian men put a stop to Queensland and New South Wales’ recent dominance, claiming the coveted Alley Shield in the nation’s capital 14 years after they last lifted the trophy.
However; New South Wales created history in the women’s competition, winning their fifth consecutive Marj Morris trophy, and in the process ensured the target on their back would be even bigger when the Blues line-up in Adelaide next week.
New South Wales have been forced to make a late change to their side with rising young star Natalie Noronha replacing former Australian representative Anne Johns, who awaits the birth of her second child, due within weeks of the Championships concluding.
New South Wales will be skipped by three world champions, Karen Murphy, Natasha Scott and Kelsey Cottrell and joining them, four past international players and four Australian Under-25 representatives.
More stars will line-up for the Blues in the men’s competition with past and present Australian greats like Aron Sherriff, Ray Pearse and Wayne Turley OAM in their mix.
Queensland will not be outdone with an army of their own home grown talent looking to get the maroons back into the winners’ circle.
Stars like Australian Jackaroos Captain Lynsey Clarke, Brett Wilkie and Nathan Rice are household names in Australian bowls but it will be their host of young up-and-coming players that take centre stage for the maroons in 2017.
Watch out for superstar twins Cassandra and Bolivia Millerick, Jessica Srisamruaybai, Jacob Nelson and Jayden Christie all hungry to impress National Selectors on the big stage.
Adelaide locals will be eager to watch the action at Lockleys Bowling Club to cheer on the South Australians who are intent on making history, with a sought breaking win/
The South Australian men have not won the men’s Alley Shield since 1988, whilst the women have never won a Marj Morris trophy since its inception in 1979.
The Australian Sides Championships is free for spectators, and provides the opportunity to see 192 of Australia’s best players competing in the one place.
The Championships commence on Thursday, April 6 and will conclude at midday on Sunday, April 9.