Foursome too awesome
FOUR Bundaberg rising stars continued their emergence by helping a Bowls Queensland under-18 development squad to a famous victory in an international Test series in New Zealand.
Bundaberg Junior Lawn Bowls development officer Des Kemp said Kyle Franks, his daughter Rikki-Lee and twins Bolivia and Cassandra Millerick were chosen to travel to Auckland, with eight other young bowlers from throughout Queensland.
He said they really aimed up in the seven-Test series, with Queensland winning 5-2 in a dominant performance.
The tournament was played over three days with all players competing in singles, pairs, triples and fours.
Kemp said it was a big learning curve for team members, playing on "very different bowling surfaces as well as in different weather conditions".
"It was the first time this event has been held in Auckland and it was a great opportunity for these up-and-coming juniors to show their skills against quality opposition," Kemp said.
"With the greens running 22-plus on different days, it was a big challenge for these players to adapt to very fast and slick greens that they have over there."
But they seized the chance with both hands, rose to the challenge and their class ultimately prevailed, with the Bundaberg quartet proving they have the potential to achieve much-higher honours in the sport.
Kemp said state coach Bill Cornhels was "very pleased" with the performances of all players who were selected and made the trip.
Vastly experienced local state selector Betty Andrewartha travelled with the squad as team manager and she too was impressed.
"This gave Betty a great chance to watch the players and look for potential state players for the 2012 representative season," Kemp said.
"All the juniors who went have made some great new friends and had a great learning experience.
"A huge thanks must go to Bill Cornhels who organised everything for this trip and thank you also to BCIB (Bowling Club Insurance Brokers) who helped sponsor this event.
"What a trip and a chance of a lifetime."