Bundy foursome heads off to NZ
FOUR Bundaberg young guns are members of a Bowls Queensland Development Squad which left for New Zealand yesterday to compete in an annual Trans-Tasman Series.
Burnett Bowls Club junior liaison officer Frank Millerick said the touring party included five boys and five girls in both under-18 and under-25 age groups.
All four locals are in the U-18 section - Burnett trio of Millerick's twin daughters Cassandra and Bolivia and Rikki-Lee Kemp, and Kyle Franks, who now works in Gladstone but remains a member of Tantitha Bowls Club.
It is the first overseas tour for each of them.
Millerick said they will play singles, pairs, triples and fours in a seven-Test series over four days.
All four have gone from strength to strength in the sport, with Cassandra the highest achiever, recording great success up to national level over the past few years.
But Frank said Bolivia took a major step forward with her recent win in the pairs at the national championships, which clinched her a place in an Australian team to play New Zealand in South Australia in March.
He said his daughters, who recently finished year 12 at Gin Gin State High School, were hoping to use the New Zealand experience as another stepping stone in their careers.
"Bowls is their focus - they will play bowls, hopefully get a bit of work, and play some more bowls - they really want to go as far as they can in the sport," Frank said.