Ju­nior trio named in Nel­son team

Nelson Mail - - SPORT - WAYNE MARTIN

Bowls Nel­son’s head selec­tor John Caldwell has taken the un­prece­dented step of nam­ing three ju­nior play­ers in his se­nior men’s side for next month’s No­ble Adams rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­ture in Murchi­son.

Caldwell is back at the se­lec­tion helm af­ter two years’ ab­sence and along with fel­low selec­tor Mau­rice Dodsworth has made the bold move of in­tro­duc­ing tal­ented ju­niors Brett Allen, Dean Wood and Gareth Caldwell into the mix for their tra­di­tional sea­sonopen­ing clash against Marl­bor­ough, West Coast and Buller on De­cem­ber 2.

The Nel­son women’s team has also been named for their cor­re­spond­ing Hig­gins Shield fix­ture, also in Murchi­son, on De­cem­ber 3.

With the bulk of Nel­son’s Black­jacks rep­re­sen­ta­tives un­avail­able for the squad’s early sea­son com­mit­ments, the se­lec­tors have taken the op­por­tu­nity to test some of the re­gion’s promis­ing young tal­ent. This sea­son’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive pro­gramme will cul­mi­nate with the Bowls NZ In­ter­centre Cham­pi­onships in Christchurch next March.

Both the Nel­son men’s and women’s teams made quar­ter­fi­nal ex­its at this year’s na­tional in­ter­centre com­pe­ti­tion in Welling­ton.

‘‘Fin­ish­ing in the last eight at the in­ter­centre is a pass mark at best and for a prov­ince the size of Nel­son with such a proud tra­di­tion, you know, it’s had a lot of top play­ers that have won New Zealand sin­gles and cham­pi­onships, we should be do­ing bet­ter, Caldwell said.

‘‘We’re se­lect­ing teams this year with a cri­te­ria on abil­ity and then char­ac­ter and their com­pat­i­bil­ity, they’re the three boxes we’ve got to tick for each per­son.

‘‘This year be­cause the men are con­sid­er­ably weaker than pre­vi­ous years, we’ve brought three up and com­ing ju­niors into the side with the idea of play­ing with some old heads who can teach them the ropes.

‘‘And I think they’ll be the play­ers of the fu­ture.

‘‘I think it’s prob­a­bly the first time Nel­son’s ever se­lected a se­nior rep side with three ju­niors in it, but our hand is forced.’’

The women’s team has been boosted by the in­clu­sion of Black­jacks player Kirsten Ed­wards.

‘‘The women I think will be com­pet­i­tive. The men I think if we get the cul­ture right, I still be­lieve we’ll get to the last eight which is the min­i­mum re­quire­ment. But with a lack of depth over­all and ex­pe­ri­ence, that will be a chal­lenge, but I think we can - it’s a re­al­is­tic goal.’’

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