Bowl­ing over the op­po­si­tion on their way to the top

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By SHANE JONES

A HEALTHY ri­valry be­tween for­mer Gin Gin res­i­dents, and sis­ters, Bo­livia and Cas­san­dra Mil­l­er­ick, is help­ing both of them achieve their goals in the sport of bowls.

As the new year be­gins, both ath­letes have re­flected on what turned out to be a suc­cess­ful sea­son for the sis­ters last year.

Now based in Caloun­dra, both were recog­nised for their sea­sons as they won awards at a re­cent luncheon for the Sun­shine Coast Dis­trict Ladies Bowls As­so­ci­a­tion.

Bo­livia won the best state or na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive player award with Cas­san­dra win­ning the best emerg­ing player.

For both play­ers it was a won­der­ful hon­our.

“I was stoked and I couldn’t be hap­pier to win the award,” Bo­livia said.

“I’m happy they thought of me when they could have picked other play­ers.

“I was really happy to win the award,” Cas­san­dra said.

“It was a good feel­ing to be recog­nised by those who voted on the award.”

For Bo­livia, her 2015 sea­son in­cluded win­ning a gold medal at the Asia Pa­cific Merdeka In­door Cham­pi­onships in Malaysia in Oc­to­ber.

Com­pet­ing against many Asia Pa­cific na­tions, Bo­livia would be part of the suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian mixed fours team to take the top spot.

She said it was a com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment for the ath­letes.

“We com­peted against Brunei, Philip­pines, Fiji, and plenty more,” she said.

“De­spite not hear­ing much about them they were ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive. It was good to win.”

Not to be out­done, Cas­san­dra com­peted for the Queens­land un­der-25 team as they faced Hong Kong ear­lier in the year.

She was also part of the Sil­ver Nugget squad in its fi­nal year of ex­is­tence.

De­spite not do­ing as well as she wanted in the event, Cas­san­dra was pleased to be a part of the team.

Both women also com­peted against each other at their club as they com­peted in the sin­gles, pairs, and fours event.

Af­ter com­bin­ing for a win in the fours to­gether, Bo­livia got the bet­ter of her sis­ter, as she took out the pairs and sin­gles ti­tle. In the sin­gles fi­nal both faced each other with Cas­san­dra fin­ish­ing as run­ner-up.

When asked about their ri­valry both sis­ters said it was a healthy one as both leave the com­pe­ti­tion on the green.

“It’s a friendly ri­valry but we are both com­pet­i­tive when we get on the green,” Bo­livia said.

“At the end of the day though we both aim to have fun and im­prove each other’s game.

“We both train to­gether and get along really well on and off the green.”

Cas­san­dra agreed with her older sis­ter.

“We’re al­ways friendly to each other and are still nice to each other re­gard­less of the re­sult,” she said.

Both play­ers will now fo­cus on the Aus­tralian Open this year with the fo­cus start­ing to move to­wards the Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.

Both are hop­ing to com­pete at the event to­gether.

“My aim is on 2018 and making the team,” Cas­san­dra said. “I’m train­ing really hard to make the lawn bowls side.”

Bo­livia added: “The Com­mon­wealth Games is a big goal for me and it would be amaz­ing to com­pete with my sis­ter.”


ON-GREEN RI­VALRY: Sis­ters Bo­livia and Cas­san­dra Mil­l­er­ick are both aim­ing to make the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games team for lawn bowls.

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