Four Victorians picked for Trans Tasman
For four Victorians, Commonwealth Games berths are theirs for the taking.
Barrie Lester, Carla Krizanic, Ken Hanson and Josh Thornton have been named in Australia’s squad for the Trans Tasman series in November – the Jackaroos’ last international competition before the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.
Lester (Mulgrave Country Club) and Krizanic (Sunbury) have been selected in expanded men’s and women’s senior teams, while Hanson (City Bowls Club Colac) and Thornton (East Shepparton) have been given spots in the Para-Sport lineup.
It’s a clear sign that all four now have their Commonwealth Games selection destinies in their own hands, and strong performances will be vital.
The series will be played at Broadbeach from November 10 to 12 – giving the players important exposure at the venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The Games team will be selected soon after the event, and announced once it is ratified.
National Coach Steve Glasson said it was difficult to whittle down the team but was confident the process would ensure the best opportunity for future international success.
“I have to congratulate all the players that have been chosen, but also give credit to those who weren’t fortunate on this occasion. It was certainly very difficult for selectors to determine the best composition and there are a few players who can consider themselves somewhat unlucky they missed out,” Glasson said.
“We are bringing some additional players in the senior event though, which will allow us to trial players in a few different positions to ensure we get the right structure of the team ahead of GC2018.
“Contrastingly, the para-sport players have been given a prime opportunity to cement their place as the nation’s leading Bowlers with a Disability and Vision-Impaired players.
“It was difficult to narrow it down to just these five players, but we’re confident they have the right attributes to deliver gold for Australia in the future.”
The squad also contains Bendigo’s world champion Aaron Wilson, now playing in NSW at Cabramatta.
Victorian Tiffany Brodie (Clayton) has been selected in the Australian Development Team which will play a New Zealand Development Team in conjunction with the senior series.
Trans Tasman Senior Team
Lynsey Clarke (Club Helensvale, QLD)
Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park, NSW)
Carla Krizanic (Sunbury, VIC)
Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW)
Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW)
Natasha Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW)
Rebecca Van Asch (Invermay, TAS)
Barrie Lester (Mulgrave Country Club, VIC)
Nathan Rice (Club Helensvale, QLD)
Wayne Ruediger (Grange, SA)
Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW)
Brett Wilkie (Club Helensvale, QLD)
Aaron Wilson (Cabramatta, NSW)
Trans Tasman Development Team
Tiffany Brodie (Clayton, VIC)
Kristina Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA)
Dawn Hayman (St Johns Park, NSW)
Samantha Noronha(Engadine, NSW)
Jessica Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads, QLD)
Jonathon Davis (Club Mount Lewis, NSW)
Sean Ingham (Broadbeach, QLD)
Aaron Teys (Warilla, NSW)
Scott Thulborn (Adelaide, SA)
Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta, NSW)
Trans Tasman Para-Sport Team
Athletes with a disability:
Tony Bonnell (Brighton, QLD)
Ken Hanson (City Bowls Club Colac, VIC)
Joshua Thornton (East Shepparton, VIC)
Jake Fehlberg (Burleigh Heads, QLD, Director: Grant Fehlberg)
Lynne Seymour (Thuringowa Tulle, QLD, Director: Robert Seymour)