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Young bowlers proving their point

Written By : SUN FIJI SPORTSDESK. NZ: Three of New Zealand’s bowling “young guns”, Mark Watt, Andrew Kelly and Genevieve Baildon, have a chance to prove in the national open
01 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI SPORTSDESK. NZ: Three of New Zealand’s bowling “young guns”, Mark Watt, Andrew Kelly and Genevieve Baildon, have a chance to prove in the national open championships that they deserve their national squad selections.
Last month the naming of the fledgling trio and a fourth, Clare McCaul, in the chosen 20 players, caused something of a stir in the bowling community with some diehards questioning their rapid elevation into the game’s elite.
But national coach Dave Edwards was quick to explain that while Watt, Kelly, Baildon and McCaul (who is not playing in the nationals) were all still in their development stages, he and his fellow selectors recognised them as “raw talent” who should be fully fledged internationals of the future.
Edwards, then, will be wanting his young charges to show that they warrant the backing of the selection panel and all four have the ability to feature prominently as the championships begin in Auckland.
The men’s and women’s singles and pairs start tomorrow, culminating with the finals on Friday, January 9. The men’s and women’s fours start the next day and finish on January 14.
Neither of the women’s singles finalists from last year, Siti Zalina of Malaysia and Nelson’s Marie Watson, will be in Auckland and this is one discipline which appears to be wide open.
Regular international Jan Khan showed she is in good form when she won this year’s Canterbury singles title, while other national squad members, Jo Babich (Carlton/Cornwall), Mary Campbell (Tauranga South), Baildon (Hillcrest) and Serena Matthews (Elmwood) are likely to figure in post-section play.- NZPA




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