Bowls Tasmania have representative teams that compete in National events in the following categories;
- Open Men & Women
- Senior (Over 60s) Men & Women
- Junior Boys & Girls
- Bowlers with Bowling Arms
- Bowlers with a Disability
The Henselite Tigers compete in an annual test series against Victoria each December known as the French Holbrook Series and against the ACT on a biannual basis in January. The major event for our Open Teams each year is the Australia Sides Championships in April each year. This event rotates around each State and Territory each year. The men compete for the Alley Shield and the women compete for the Marj Morris Trophy.
The Open team begins with a squad of 18 open players and 6 development players each May until December each year. A reduced squad of 16 men and 16 women are then selected in January each year after the Tasmanian Championships and the eventual 12 men and 12 women are selected from this squad for the Australian Sides Championships.
The Tasmanian Senior representative team are our Over 60’s State Teams. They compete in the national event known as the Australian Senior Sides Championships each October and compete against the other 7 State and Territory associations. The men compete for the John Dobbie AM Trophy and the women compete for the Betty Collins Trophy, and both scores are also combined for the Overall Glyn Bosisto MBE Overall Champions Trophy.
The Aceit Cubs compete in a 7 a side format in the annual test series against Victoria in July each year, before the final 5 boys and 5 girls are selected to compete in the Australian Junior Championships at the end of September, early October each year. The juniors play singles & fours, and pairs & triples and compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze in those individual disciplines as well as the overall team honours.
The Tasmanian Armed Devils competed in the National Championships in 2018 for the first time. Many things are still be developed in this area but it was fantastic to have our first representative side travel to the Championships after a lot of planning. Tasmania were the last state to come on board for this event and now has all 6 State competing in the Championships.
The Tasmanian Bowlers with a Disability players travelled to the national championships in 2018. This was the first time such a large contingent from Tasmania travelled to the event and the pairs team of Rick Ormerod and Alan Ryman claimed the gold medal in their first outing. This is an area that is still ongoing and our first State Disability Selection Panel is being formed this season 2018/19.