The Australian Jackaroos have earned a comprehensive pass-mark in their first major litmus test in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with a stunning result against England in their three-day test event at Broadbeach.
The Jackaroos and English Lions are two of the perennial powerhouses and fiercest combatants on the green, but the Australia v England Test was a decidedly one-sided affair over the past three days, with the host-nation claiming the honours by 50 points, 83-33, after prevailing in 41.5 of the 58 matches contested.
Australia’s national selection panel, headed by National Coach Steve Glasson and High-Performance Coordinator Peter Brown, now face the difficult, but ultimately auspicious, task of naming the five men and five women for the open disciplines of next month’s Trans Tasman.
Some of those that caught selectors’ eyes with impressive performances may also fill the second-tier development teams, which already boast four under-age confirmed players, with the announcement of both open and development teams to occur next week.
The Jackaroos won’t be short of international game-time in the lead up to the pinnacle multi-sport event next April.
The Trans Tasman test series will be staged on the same greens from May 31 to June 2, and will be followed by the 2017 Gold Coast Multi-Nations event, which will feature seven prospective nations in the able-bodied competition, plus an additional three-day para-sport component.
While the Australia v England Test has been run and won, some of the highlights from the event will feature in the second series of The Bowls Show on SBS, with four Bowls Premier League format matches to be shown during episodes 4-7 from June 4-25.
Bowls Australia congratulates the Australian Jackaroos and English contingents on their spirited pre-Commonwealth Games hit-out.