Jackaroos & Blackjacks poised for Trans Tasman tussle

Jackaroos & Blackjacks poised for Trans Tasman tussle

The Australian Jackaroos and New Zealand Blackjacks’ preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will shift up a gear this week, with the two teams set to clash at the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series on the Broadbeach greens from Wednesday.

With just 309 days until the delivery of the first bowl at GC2018, this year’s Trans Tasman competition boasts added impetus, with selectors set to cast a keen eye over the entire field, which features development and para-sport teams in addition to the open categories for men and women.

Twelve Jackaroos players will be rotated through the ten playing positions in the open men’s and women’s teams, providing a greater opportunity to determine the optimal combination for next year’s pinnacle event.

Nine members of last year’s acclaimed World Bowls Championships team will feature, in addition to Australian Captain Lynsey Clarke, 2012 world champion Wayne Ruediger and his South Australian compatriot Scott Thulborn, the reigning world champion of champion titleholder.

The nine members of Australia’s most successful World Bowls Championships abroad include Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Karen Murphy, Natasha Scott, Rebecca Van Asch, Barrie Lester, Aron Sherriff, Brett Wilkie and Aaron Wilson, with Mark Casey the only notable omission due to his international retirement.

The green and gold contingent pillaged five of the six coveted trophies from across the ditch at the last staging of the even in March 2016, winning the Open Men’s Series, Overall Open Trophy, Development Women’s Series, Development Men’s Series and the Overall Development Trophy, while New Zealand secured the Open Women’s Series honour.

There won’t be any respite for either nation following the Trans Tasman however, with both teams set to compete at the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event from June 3.

The Multi-Nations event will feature two Australian teams in action, as well as Scotland, New Zealand, Malaysia, Hong Kong China, Wales and Canada, from June 3 to 7, in addition to an international para-sport component from June 4 to 7.

Bowls Australia acknowledges the assistance and funding provided by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association to Bowls Australia for athletes in the “Gold Coast GOLD” 2018 program.

The Gold Coast GOLD program was devised by the ACGA to maximise podium performances at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and assist athletes who are expected to be nominated for selection to the 2018 Australian Team. ‘

The 2017 Trans Tasman will be staged at Broadbeach Bowls Club from May 31 to June 2.

The schedule of play and team listings for the 2017 Trans Tasman can be found below.

Schedule of play:


Time                           Day 1                              Day 2                         Day 3

9.00 – 11.30

Pairs and Triples

Singles and Fours

Pairs and Triples

12.30 – 15.00

Singles and Fours

Pairs and Triples

Singles and Fours

15.45 – 18.15

Pairs and Triples

Singles and Fours

Pairs and Triples




Para-sport Team






Barrie Lester

Lynsey Clarke

Jonathon Davis

Kristina Krstic

Joshua Barry

Wayne Ruediger

Kelsey Cottrell

Nathan Pedersen

Kate Matthews

Tony Bonnell

Aron Sherriff

Carla Krizanic

Lachlan Sims

Bolivia Millerick

Eddie Gollan

Scott Thulborn

Karen Murphy

Aaron Teys

Ellen Ryan

Ken Hanson

Brett Wilkie

Natasha Scott

Corey Wedlock

Jessica Srisamruaybai

Chris Flavel

Aaron Wilson

Rebecca Van Asch

James Reynolds

Joshua Thornton



Parasport Team






Shannon McIlroy

Jo Edwards

Finbar McGuigan

Ashleigh Jeffcoat

Partially sighted pairs:

Ali Forsyth

Val Smith

Aiden Takarua

Natasha Russell

David Stallard -Peter Blick – Director

Tony Grantham

Selina Goddard

Richard Hocking

Kimberley Hemingway

Sue Curran – Lead, Ann Muir -Director

Mike Kernaghan

Tayla Bruce

Sheldon Bagrie-Howley

Sarah Scott

Disabled Triples:

Blake Signal

Kirsten Edwards

Seamus Curtin

Nicole Toomey

Mark Noble

Mike Nagy

Angela Boyd



Graham Skellern

Paul Girdler

Katelyn Inch



Carolyn Crawford

May 29, 2017 / by / in

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