See the future of Victorian bowls

by Team BV

Fresh from going deep into the open singles at the Australian Open, Victorian youngsters Jayden Christie and Tiff Brodie spearhead a strong state under-18 outfit ready for Test match action in Shepparton.
Christie, from Werribee, and Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria) are among the boys’ and girls’ Victorian teams named to take on New Zealand visitors Wellington in a three-Test series at Shepparton Park Bowls Club on July 4, 5 and 6.
Christie made the last 16 of the Australian Open men’s singles at the Gold Coast recently, losing to eventual finalist and Commonwealth Games medallist Ryan Bester.
The Werribee bowler also got as far as the under-18 singles semi-finals, along with Bundoora’s Josh Corless, who is also part of the Victorian team.
Brodie beat highly-ranked Natasha Scott on her way to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, then went on to win the hearing impaired women’s singles final.
The Victoria-Wellington Test series is the second of its kind. The teams first met in 2014 in New Zealand.
Now they meet again at Shepparton Park, the home of the showpiece Victorian Open.

The Victorian teams are:
Girls: Tiff Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria), Amelia Bruggy (Bendigo), Mikayla Long (Glenroy), Tayla Morison (Melbourne), Elisa Rigoni (Lalor), Natasha Russell (Clayton)
Boys: Jayden Christie (Werribee), Josh Corless (Bundoora), Curtis Hanley, Alex Skilton (Clayton), Todd Trewarne (Moonee Valley), Jordan Yates (Glenroy).

Bowls Wellington teams:
Girls: Jessica Hall (Plimmerton), Madison Hemson (Naenae), Georgia Karsanidis (Naenae), Samantha Sweeney (Masterton), Latisha Tuia (Plimmerton) 
Boys: Brady Amer (Titahi Bay), Seamus Curtin (Plimmerton), Bradley Down (Plimmerton), Aidan Green (Titahi Bay), Finbar McGuigan (Plimmerton) 


Schedule of play:
Saturday, July 4 (1st Test)
10.15am – Pairs and triples
1.30pm – Singles and fours
Sunday, July 5 (2nd Test)
9am – Pairs and triples
1pm – Singles and fours
Monday, July 6 (3rd Test)
9am – Pairs and triples
1pm – Singles and fours
4pm – Presentations

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