AUSTRALIAN lawn bowls stars Karen Murphy and Mark Casey were just part of the test series between NSW and the ACT at the Railway Bowling Club on Wednesday. The series included the seniors and under 25s outfits from both states.
NSW dominated the first two tests, with the men winning 69 shots to 56 in the first, and 67 shots to 50 in the second. Mark Casey’s rink was an instrumental part of the second test, winning 26-22.
The women also fared well, with NSW winning the first test for the seniors 77 shots to 42. They then comprehensively beat the ACT 79-37 in the second test.
The Under 25s NSW women won 2-0 in the first test, and drew 1-1 in the second.
Railway Bowling Club manager Scott Cooper said he was pleased to have such a highly ranked competition played at the club.
“It was a great turnout from both NSW and the ACT teams, and the crowds have also been good today,” he said.
“There’s been very good support from the local community. I think the standard of bowls people have seen here in Goulburn today is some of the best in the world, and both the guys and girls, especially the Australian players that are representing NSW at the moment, are world class.
They’ll be seen in the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and that standard of bowls has been on show here in Goulburn today. I think it’s fantastic.”
Cooper said local teenager Ellen Ryan would do well to get into the Australian side for the Olympics.
“Our young junior, Ellen Ryan is too young to have been playing with these guys today, but she’s a hopeful to get into the squad shortly, too, and that’s an exciting prospect.”