Monday, 11th May, 2009
The best indoor bowls players from Australia and New Zealand will descend on the city this week for the Trans Tasman Test Series. It will be the first time that a test series of any sport has been played in Broken Hill.
The event will be staged at the Entertainment Centre after its facilities impressed visiting delegates from the South Australian and Australian Indoor Bias Bowls bodies in October 2008. The Australian teams feature players from Victoria, NSW, Queensland and SA, with games being contested in men's and women's grades. A squad of players was selected from the National Championships held in Rockhampton before the teams were trimmed to seven players at trials held in Melbourne during January. Although no Broken Hill players made the final Australian team, Broken Hill Mixed Indoor Bowls (BHMIB) President Mick Davey has been selected as an official after recently completing his umpiring accreditation. "It's alright just to get your accreditation but to be officiating in one of these events - it's a feather in the cap," he said. "We'll be using international rules so there's another six pages of rules to read up on, but it should be good." Secretary/Treasurer Milton Hawke will preside over the Test Series in the role of Games Master, and he said the event would provide great entertainment for bowls enthusiasts. "It's fantastic as far as Broken Hill goes to get an international event like this staged in the city. "It's a very proud position to be in to have this contest here, something this doesn't happen every year. "And it's some pretty serious competition - it's worse than the rugby. It's a typical Australia - New Zealand clash." Players from both teams will arrive in the city over the weekend and hold practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday, before a Mayoral Reception at the Entertainment Centre at 4.30pm Wednesday. An opening ceremony will be held at the centre on Thursday at 8.30am, with play commencing on the same day at 9.15am.