Victoria vs South Australia Test Teams

by Sean O'Kane

Our Victorian Lightning & Thunder Sides, as well as our Under 18s have been selected for the first hit out of the new year, taking on South Australia in January.

The 5-Test Series will provide a battle with our southern-rival before a new revised calendar takes shape, with the prestigious Alley Shield moving from it’s usual timeslot in April, to now being played in October in 2020.

In addition to the Open Test Series, the Under 18s will also play their usual 5-Test Series against South Australia, with 5 Boys and 5 Girls selected for Victorian duties.

The Open Women will be looking to retain the Mulga Cup after a win at Moama in February and the Men will be aiming to return the Loy Carroll Trophy to Victoria.

The Under 18 Boys & Girls won their last test series with South Australia, victorious at City of Geelong BC back in January.

Both the Open & U18 Test Series against South Australia will be contested from the 14th – 16th of January at McLaren Vale Bowls Club, play begins from 1pm on Tuesday.

Representing Victoria for the Men’s Open Side:

Lead Second Third Skip
John McCarron
Leigh McIlvenny
Ryan Tainton
Matt Flapper
(Ocean Grove)
James Pearce
(Deer Park)
Dane McKinnon
Brett Mahoney
(Deer Park)
Lee Schraner
(Bendigo East)
Curtis Hanley
Ben Loughlin
Brett Spurr
(Deer Park)
Nathan Wilson


Representing Victoria for the Women’s Open Side:

Lead Second Third Skip
Blaine Edwards
Vicki Smith
Jess Wallace
Carla Krizanic
Mikayla Long
Anita Jenkins
Stacey Collier
(East Shepparton)
Lisa Phillips
(Caulfield Park)
Claire Sanders
Tristania Doolan
Anne Draffen
Anne Miles


Representing Victoria for the Under 18 Boys:
Koby Cromie – Yarrawonga
Ethan Fruend – Wangaratta
Cameron Keenan – Kangaroo Flat
Bailey Leask – Shepparton East
Liam Turner – Bundoora RSL

Representing Victoria for the Under 18 Girls:

Amity Bickley – Dandenong Club
Olivia Cartwright – Kyabram
Alana Flapper – Essendon
Sophie Kurzman – Sunbury
Jordyn Long – Glenroy

Men’s Staff:
Coach – Ian Ewing (Brunswick)
Manager – Pat Clark (Rosamond)
Selector – Matt Robertson (Tallygaroopna)

Women’s Staff:
Coach – Judy Davey (Bendigo East)
Manager – Patty Whorlow (Blackburn)

U18 Staff:
Coach – Matt Flapper (Ocean Grove)
Assistant Coach – Anthony Flapper (Essendon)
Manager – Justine Stokes (Melbourne)


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