2017 Tasmanian Squads Announced.
Bowls Tasmania have today announced the 2017 Tasmanian Open, Development and Junior Squads.
Our Tasmania teams have enjoyed a lot of success over the past season which started with the Tasmanian Junior boys team claiming the annual test series against old foes Victoria and then backing it up with silver medals at the Australian Junior Championships in the boys and girls Triples Championships.
The men’s and women’s open teams claimed the overall honours against ACT in January this year to win both shields on offer at the biannual test event, while the men also backed it up by winning the Bishop/Singleton shield against Queensland as well. Of course in more recent times our Henselite Tigers had their greatest ever performance at an Australian Sides Championships with the men’s team claiming the silver medal and both teams combining to come away with a record third placing overall.
With the whole High Performance program undergoing a complete overhaul following the 2014 Australian Sides Championships in Burnie this has been just reward for some very hard work by everyone involved.
This years Henselite Tasmanian Tigers Squad has 23 players that competed in Adelaide last month retaining their positions in the squad with Bradley Gibson the only player unavailable for selection after moving to Victoria. In the men’s squad young gun Josh Appleyard has been elevated to the open squad for the first time after just concluding a stellar junior career that saw him go back-to-back in the State Junior Fours and Singles Championships and also coming runner up in the men’s open triples in March this year. Also joining the men’s open ranks is North Launceston’s Brodie Baker, Penguin’s Julian Brown, Longford Matthew Jackson, Port Sorell’s Aaron Jago, Buckingham’s Josh Mabb and Latrobe’s Phil Mundy.
In the women’s open squad, Penguin’s Bronwyn King has burst into the open squad for the first time and is joined by Rosny Park’s Jenny Tirant who has also been elevated after her first season in Tasmania after moving here from Victoria last year. Invermay’s Jessica McMullen has also made her way back into the squad after her maternity leave and is joined by Scottsdale’s Jean Claridge, Glenorchy Rodman’s Jackie Knight and 2017 Singles Runner Up Vicki Winley (Invermay) who have all retain their positions in the open squad.
The Tasmanian Development Squads show what a bright future bowls in the Apple Isle has ahead with many former and current juniors in the mix.
Australian Junior Squad member and Tasmanian open squad member Lachlan Sims spearheads a strong junior line-up with Isaac Maughan, Josh Walker-Davis, Alanna Kalbfell, Logyn Curtis, Amy White and Ebony White have all retaining their positions from last years Australian Junior Championships.
Tasmanian Junior Singles Champion Jorja Maughan and Runner Up Lauren Banks have also made the squad along with state junior pairs champion Olivia Hilder. They will be joined by Casey Cornish, Gemma White and Ashley Woolley. While Josh Brooks, Kyron Daly, Liam Davern, Tyson Harris, Dylan Heazelwood, Patrick Oldham and Adam Taylor round out the boys squad.
OPEN WOMEN’S SQUAD
DEVLOPMENT WOMEN’S SQUAD
Rebecca Van Asch
OPEN MEN’S SQUAD
DEVLOPMENT MEN’S SQUAD