Paul McKenzie will head to Glen Waverley club in Victoria next month when his NSW Hi Jacker’s State team defends its Lawn Bowls Australian Sides Championship.
McKenzie looks back on 2004 as the highlight of his career so far when he first made the NSW senior side which not only won a number of Test series against other States, but also claimed a gold medal in the Australian championships.
The national titles will be played during four days from March 7 to 10 with NSW a warm favourite.
“That side’s championship win on the Gold Coast was a great week of bowls and to make the NSW team again is a great way to start the new year,” McKenzie said from Dubbo Railway Bowling Club yesterday.
“There are some great bowlers around Australia and to get the chance to play with and against these players is something that every bowler dreams of.
“I’ve been fortunate to play in one national side’s championship and I’m looking forward to the 2005 titles in Victoria.”
McKenzie has been named as lead in Wayne Turley’s side that also contains Michael Turner as second and Leif Selby third.
NSW will be boosted by the return of international players Steve Anderson (St Johns Park) and Kevin Walsh (Merrylands) to join Taren Point-based Turley and Steve Glasson (St Johns Park) and give NSW four very competent skips.
Cowra bowler Gerard Beath is also in the NSW side and will play second in Glasson’s team that comprises Brody Pitham and Aron Sherriff.
McKenzie and his NSW team will finalise their preparations for the nationals with a three-Test series against ACT at Dapto Citizens Bowling Club during three days from February 21 to 23.
The series against the ACT will also feature the NSW Reserves and Under-25 teams.
The NSW Women’s team will also play the ACT that same week at Dapto with McKenzie’s Railway fellow member Annette McMillan involved.
There will be some familiar faces in the minor grades with Steve Green as lead for Brett Pritchard in the reserves and David Ferguson third for David Gowan in the under-25s.
Green came up through the ranks at Dubbo City before moving down to the Illawarra and is now at Oak Flats while West Dubbo’s Ferguson is still at Engadine.
McKenzie and Ferguson have already started their State commitments after being involved in a three-Test series against Victoria last week.
Victoria won the major series 2-1 but NSW dominated the under-25s 3-0.
McKenzie’s rink lost 23-19 and 29-13 in the early games but powered home 39-13 in the final match.
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