England will spend 11 days training on Queensland’s Gold Coast including a three day official test series with the Australian Jackaroos, matches against quality Gold Coast club sides and three State Development Teams.
Following the much anticipated test series between two powerhouse countries, England and Australia, from tomorrow April 26 to 28 at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, England will extend their trip to make the most of their time here in Australia preparing for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
A further six days of quality competition has been arranged for the England touring party including two days against Broadbeach Bowls Club bowlers, a day taking on Queensland’s Development Team, a hit out with another powerhouse Gold Coast bowling Club, Club Helensvale, and England will complete their training with two days taking on the NSW/ACT NTC Squad.
National Assistant Coach Gary Willis has selected a strong NSW/ACT NTC Squad line-up which includes former Australian Jackaroos, Australian Under-18 and Development players and current NSW/ACT State representatives.
2015 Australian Open Singles Champion Aaron Teys will spearhead their side along with teenage super star Jono Davis.
The NSW/ACT NTC Squad have been practicing for their challenge against England at their Centre of Excellence, Cabramatta Bowling Club in Sydney’s West.
Another formidable challenger will come from the Broadbeach locals who have forged a strong line-up for their two days of action against the visiting nation.
Current and former internationals, Ryan Bester (Canada), Katelyn Inch (New Zealand), Chloe Stewart (Australia) and Julie Keegan (Australia) all call Broadbeach home; whilst a host of young talent have followed to play out of the home of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Club Helensvale have a star studded line-up headlined by Australian Jackaroos Captain Lynsey Clarke and former Australian representative Anthony Kiepe.
Off the back of Queensland’s recent success at the Australian Sides Championships, Bowls Queensland have acquired the likes of QLD skips Julie Keegan and Bolivia Millerick along with Jessica Srisamruaybai and Chloe Stewart for their one day hit out on May 2.
These six days of competition are not only great preparation for England but a chance for local bowlers to get their taste of what international competition is all about.
The teams will battle it out in singles, pairs, triples and fours so get down to Broadbeach and Club Helensvale to cheer on the next batch of Australian stars.
England Practice Matches Schedule-
Saturday April 29- England v Broadbeach Bowls Club @ Broadbeach Bowls Club
Monday May 1- England v Broadbeach Bowls Club @ Broadbeach Bowls Club
Tuesday May 2- England v QLD Development @ Broadbeach Bowls Club
Wednesday May 3- England v Club Helensvale @ Club Helensvale
Thursday May 4- England v NSW/ACT NTC @ Club Helensvale
Friday May 5- England v NSW/ACT NTC @ Broadbeach Bowls Club
Broadbeach Bowls Club Team
Julie Keegan; Cassandra Millerick; Bolivia Millerick; Jesse Cottell; Dee-Anne Robertson; Katelyn Inch; Chloe Stewart; Ryan Bester; Jade Groenewege; Tom Nathan; Chris Lanham; Paul Jopson
Club Helensvale Team
Anthony Kiepe; Mark Thatcher; Adam White; Shane White; Stephen Sail; Craig Holmes; Andrew Howie; Amanda Haevecker; Georgia White; Natasha Jones; Sarah Duffield; April Wilson; Rosie White; Lynsey Clarke
Queensland Development Team
Natasha Jones; Julie Keegan; Bolivia Millerick; Jessica Srisamruaybai; Chloe Stewart; Georgia White; Samantha Wilson; Sean Baker; Kurt Brown; Indi Conlan; Scott De Jongh; Sean Ingham; Anthony Kiepe; Sam White.
NSW/ACT NTC Squad Team
Sarah Boddington; Jessica Hogan; Natalie Noronha; Samantha Noronha; Samantha Shannahan; Molly Wilton; Jamie-Lee Worsnop; Jono Davis; David Ferguson; Mason Lewis; Mac McLean; Jesse Noronha; Aaron Teys; Ben Twist.
Caption- England to challenge local Australian composite teams after taking on the Australian Jackaroos next week at Broadbeach.