AUSTRALIAN selectors have named their Jackaroos squad, featuring former Shoalhaven Heads bowler Karen Murphy, to will contest the inaugural World Bowls Challenge, to be played at the Moama Bowling Club, Victoria from November 29-30.
Jackaroos' stalwarts Aron Sherriff, Aaron Teys, Barrie Lester, Natasha Scott, Kelsey Cottrell and Rebecca Van Asch are the six players retained from the recent 2019 Asia Pacific Championships campaign, to be complemented by the New South Welsh quartet of Ellen Ryan, Karen Murphy, Corey Wedlock and Aaron Wilson.
Set to be captained by Van Asch, the Australian Jackaroos will compete against the likes of Team World's Alex Marshall MBE, Shannon McIlroy, Ryan Bester, Jo Edwards and Colleen Piketh in bowls' equivalent to Golf's Ryder Cup.
The event will deviate from tradition in utilising sets-play and will begin with mixed triples, followed by men's pairs, women's pairs, then mixed pairs, and conclude with 10 singles matches (five men's and five women's singles matches) staged across staggered starts.
National coach Steve Glasson was confident the selectors had opted for the right mix of players with a loaded events period to close out 2019.
"The remainder of the year looms as a significantly busy period for our players and so we took this into consideration when selecting squads in order to maximise our chances of success," Glasson said to Bowls Australia.
"We are excited to take on Team World in the inaugural World Bowls Challenge and have every confidence in our 10 selected to embrace this unique event which will no doubt be a terrific advertisement for our sport."