Australia?s best to bowl on Ballina greens



MOST of the men and women in the Australian bowls squads will play in the Wintersun Singles tournament at the Ballina Bowling Club in July.

There are nine in each squad, and eight of the women and six of the men will compete.

The Wintersun event is an annual event at Ballina and this year Northern Rivers bowls enthusiasts will be able to see some world-class bowlers in action over two days.

The tournament will be held on the weekend of July 28-29, with practice on the Friday before.

National squad women playing at Ballina are Lynsey Armitage, Jane Bush, Kelsey Cottrell, Claire Duke, Julie Keegan, Sharyn Renshaw, Maria Rigby and Noi Tucker.

They will play in Sections A and B, which means there will be women players in at least the semi-finals.

Duke, Keegan and Rigby are the top three ranked women bowlers in Australia.

Men from the national squad playing are Mark Casey, Scott Caundle, Nathan Rice, Shane Globits, Anthony Kiepe and Barrie Lester. Rice and Globits are No 1 and No 2 nationally.

In addition, current and former world champions Steve Glasson and Kelvin Kerkow will line up, along with the likes of Brian Baldwin, who won the Summerland Singles in January, and Morrie Penfold, a former NZ singles champion. The field also includes three top young players ? Jamie Chesney, 20, of England, the Under 25 world singles champion; Alan McMaster, 19, a NSW Under-25 representative; and Mathew Pietersen, 18, the youngest ever NSW Open singles champion.

Leading local bowlers selected are Neil Burgess (Lennox Head), John Lang (Evans Head), Richard Latta (Casino), Viv Ross (Ballina) and Alan Carver (Coffs Harbour).



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