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Bowls - 03. March 2010.

The puzzle becomes clearer

Australia’s Commonwealth Games shadow squad was trimmed to 20 today (2/3) with just 10 women now vying for a berth to Delhi.


Following a number of key selection events, including last week’s Moama International and the recent Australian Open, the national selectors have made the painstaking decision to cull eight players from contention, while also including NSW’s Beth Quinlan from outside of the original 28.


As a result, the makeup of the Delhi Commonwealth Games team is starting to take place, with a second training camp in Cairns at the Marlin Coast Bowls Club next week likely to have a significant bearing on the final team headed to the sub-continent.


Among those cut this morning include South Australia’s Penny Landherr and Kelli Wray, Western Australia’s Therese Hastings, NSW’s Lisa Mitchell,  as well as Victoria’s Carla Odgers.

With Australia due to take part in an eight nation test event in Delhi next month, Monday’s training camp at Marlin Coast will be the final opportunity for the shadow squad to press their claims ahead of the crucial Commonwealth Games trial.


Staged at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Bowling Complex, just outside of the main venue, the eight nation competition will also feature New Zealand, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, South Africa and India from April 6 to 10.


The competition is expected to be the only opportunity to play at the host venue prior to October’s XIX Commonwealth Games.

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