Coach Announcement – Open Women’s State Side

by Team BV

Bowls Victoria is pleased to announce that Nicole Shortis has accepted the position of Open Women’s State Side Coach. Nicole will work alongside State Coach, Ian Ewing, at the helm of the Women’s Side and will bring considerable experience to the role.

Nicole’s State Side career spanned more than 170 games and she remains a highly respected bowler and club administrator.

Nicole stated, “I am delighted to be back involved with the State Side program and honoured to take on the role of Open Women’s Side Coach. I’m looking forward to working with State Coach ‘JR’ Ewing, and the personnel Bowls Victoria have assembled around the Side. I took a lot of joy playing in the State uniform and now look forward to contributing to the Big V from off the green!

It’s going to be a real privilege to work with some uniquely talented women who all bring something special to the Team. 

I also take this opportunity to thank Mark Cowan who has stood in as Women’s game day Coach in lieu of a permanent appointment. The program is in good shape with plenty of talent and much competition for a spot.”

City v Country

The appointment of Nicole Shortis follows a successful third edition of the City v Country Series, which saw another 21 debutants inducted into the 2023 squads. Somewhat dready and wet conditions on Saturday tested the athletes, but clear blue skies returned on Sunday and the Series was completed for another year, with the Men’s and Women’s Country Squads both claiming the title once again.

Dandenong Club’s Nics McKenzie (L) receives her City Cap from Nicole Shortis (R)

Bowls Victoria will be announcing State Sides in coming three weeks with a Series scheduled against NSW in August.