South Tweed bowler is back

SOUTH Tweed bowler Sally Hickman has been recalled into the victorious Queensland State team to play NSW at Pine Rivers Bowls Club on July 6.

Hickman, one of the few ladies to play in the Premier League Queensland competition, is regarded as one of the best lead players in the State and many astute judges believe her recall is not before time.

The Queensland ladies' team will play its first Test series since winning the Marj Morris Trophy at Australian Sides Championship in Canberra in March this year.

Queensland has won the past Australian Sides and has four strong skippers in Carmen Anderson, Lynsey Armitage, Kelsey Cottrell and Ann-Maree Hardy.

It also features well-performed and dedicated lead bowlers in the front position with Hickman joining Marilyn Peddell, Rose Kling and Pam Rowe who will be playing on home greens at Pine Rivers.

The Queensland ladies side is: Pam Rowe (Pine Rivers), Marilyn Clayton (Coolum Beach), Jane Bush (Caloundra RSL) and Carmen Anderson (Tweed Heads); Marilyn Peddell (Beachmere), Kerrie Wilson (Ferny Grove), Julie Keegan (Coolum Beach) and Lynsey Armitage (Club Helensvale); Rose Kling (Pine Rivers), Janice Curran (Caloundra RSL), Mary Geary (Caloundra) and Ann-Maree Hardy (Tweed Heads); Sally Hickman (South Tweed), Tracy Foster (Manly), Yvonne Lovelock (Musgrave Hill) and Kelsey Cottrell ( South Tweed).

The undefeated Queensland men's side, winner of the Alley Shield, will come up against old rivals NSW in a unique Test match to be played indoors at Tweed Heads in August.

The first match of the three-Test series will be played on Tuesday, August 25 with the second match to be played that night. The third and final Test will be played Wednesday, August 26.

The under-25 players will also contest a three-match series on the indoor rinks and bowlers will be able to watch exclusively on a Live Scoreboard with every Test, every rink and every end updated on the THBC web site.

THE Queensland State Championships are scheduled to be played this week in the wake of the District Sides competition that was played last week and won conclusively by Gold Coast men and ladies.

The wet and wild, windy weather has forced organisers inside with the men's and ladies' Fours finals played undercover at Paradise Point Bowls Club.

The men's Triples finals were held at Tweed Heads Wednesday and yesterday and the Over 60s will be held indoors due to the weather.

IT is hoped that the weather clears up in time for the weekend with the last 14 in the ladies Singles scheduled to be staged at Broadbeach on Sunday with the semi-final and final on Monday.

The final 14 in the ladies singles are: E Regan v A M Hardy, M Rigby v S McKenzie, L Fortington v F Williams, C Pavlov v S Sampson, L Behnke v L Cuthbertson, J Bush v M Gibbs and C Anderson v E Janke.

The final could between Rigby and Anderson or possibly Anderson up against Hardy.

The final 32 in the men's Singles competition is also dur to be played on Sunday with the finals on Monday.

With a quality field including Mark Casey, Anthony Kiepe, Sean Baker, Ian Law, Shane Globits, Nathan Rice, Paul Peterson, David Wilcocks and Alex Murtagh it is too hard even for me to have a pick at a possible winner.

It will be well worth a trip to Broadbeach to see the final.

The winner of the event will be invited to play in the Golden Nugget - that is of course if he hasn't already been invited.

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