National colours within reach
PROMISING Burnett Bowls Club roller Cassandra Millerick made her quest to wear the Australian colours known at the recent Queensland Under-18s Championships.
Millerick, 16, returned from the four-day Gold Coast event yesterday with two silver medals tucked in her suitcase.
The Bungadoo resident was notified of her selection two months ago and has been putting in overtime on the Burnett Bowls Club greens in the lead-up.
“I was absolutely ecstatic to make the team,” she said.
“It came as a bit of a surprise, but it was a welcome one.”
Millerick first picked up a bowl five years ago after joining the Burnett Bowls Club with her father, Frank.
As the only member of the Queensland squad to hail from a regional area, Millerick said she was proud to wave the flag for Bundaberg and the Wide Bay.
“I really wanted to get out there and represent my club and show everyone what a girl from the country could do,” she said.
“Some of the older bowlers have sort of taken me under their wing so I wanted to show off what I have learnt.”
Millerick was placed in the crucial second and third positions of the triples and fours team and used her trademark aggression to assure both teams a spot in the final.
While the squads were defeated in the finals, Millerick hopes there was enough in her performance to catch the eye of national selectors.
“It's a bit of a goal for me and it's something I'll keep working hard at to try and achieve,” she said.
“The more I play and the more I compete; then the better I will get.”
She has been named as an athlete of interest by Bowls Australia and is eager to make a debut with the Australian Under-18s squad at the Trans-Tasman Championships to be held next year.
“I'm usually my own worst critic,” she said.
“But I was really happy with how I played down there.
“Bowls is something I've been working pretty hard at and I think I'm starting to make some headway.”