The Australian Jackaroos have undergone their first major test ahead of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a friendly series against Malaysia.
National coach Steve Glasson OAM shares his insights from the event in the first instalment of Glas’ Gazette.
Team Malaysia returns home following a fortnight of intense trialling and training at the Broadbeach Bowls Club on the Gold Coast, the centre stage for bowls at this year’s Games.
Malaysia faced the might of the New Zealand Blackjacks early in their tour, before entering into a two-day ‘friendly’ test series against Australia to round out a strenuous camp.
The Malaysian contingent will now endure a whirlwind return home for some domestic competitions before returning to the pristine Gold Coast greens later this month, where they will establish themselves right up until the Games begin on April 5.
The series was a perfect opportunity for both nations to go head to head in a competitive manner, further honing in skills ahead ofpossible match-ups between the two on the big stage.
Apart from the competitive facet of this camp, it provided an opportunity to mirror start and finish times for matches, conditions of play and many other noted logistical components the Games will have in store.
Australia and Malaysia have enjoyed long-standing mutual respect for one another on and off the green and this relationship was only strengthened following this friendly.
As for the Jackaroos, just like so many other sports and nations, there is a high level of excitement and anticipation now that we are close to the Games kicking off on Australia shores for the first time in 12 years.
Following an arduous and extended period of preparation, the Aussies are in a good place leading into the Games, while certainly acknowledging and respecting the challenges that are upon the team.
Our thanks as always to Commonwealth Games Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and all Bowls Australia (BA) stakeholders for your continued support, as well as Bowls Queensland member club Broadbeach for once again opening their doors and availing their facility to the Jackaroos and competing nations.
As we speak, two other competing bowls nations in the Cook Islands and India are also bathing up the sun at Broadbeach in readiness for Games competition.
54 days to go!
Stay tuned for further instalments of Glas’ Gazette as we edge closer to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games!