An exciting fresh initiative for the new bowls season has seen 36 players picked for a Taranaki eight-years-and-under selection event.

The competition, with 18 men and 18 women, will take place at the Stratford-Avon club on October 10, commencing at 9.30am.

Bowls Taranaki identified that while there has been an increase in junior (five years and under) competitions, there was currently nothing on the centre programme for those with eight years or fewer experience in the game.

That is despite the Revital Fertilisers Taranaki representative team involving two fixtures for those from the eight-years-and-under group.

Expressions of interest from clubs saw over 80 players put their hand up for the new event.

“Given that this is the first year of the competition we have limited it to 36. But we very much have an eye for the future and will be gathering feedback from the event,” Bowls Taranaki chairman Grant Hassall said.

The selected players are:

Men: Bruce Lilley (West End), Bruce Colgan (West End), Steve Temperton (West End), Evan Jones (Fitzroy), Simon Rowe (Fitzroy), Paddy Deegan (Opunake), Levi Davis (Opunake), Steve Sabine (Inglewood), Kerry Mullan (Tower), Mark Hawken (Tower), Doug Clark (Manaia), Robert Clark (Manaia), Sean Prinsloo (Hawera Park), Nigel Berry (Hawera Park), Luca Dobson (Hawera Park), Hohepa Murray (Vogeltown), Kurt Smith (Oakura), Mike Baldwin (Lepperton). If unavailable, contact Garry Murfitt on 022-598-1097.

Women: Judy Fox (Manaia), Denielle Scown (Manaia), Shelley Clark (Manaia), Rita Davey (Opunake), Julie Hemahema (Opunake), Angela Debique (Opunake), Karen Wallace (Opunake), Geneva Barnard (Tower), Gail Burrows (Inglewood), Gloria Wolfe (Waitara), Norma Jane (Waitara), Cheryll Sharrock (Paritutu), Shelley Baldwin (Lepperton), Tina Quilter (Lepperton), Anne Potaka (Lepperton), Judy Crawford (Fitzroy), Margaret Lister (West End), Debra Kalin (West End). If unavailable, contact Janice Ropitini on 027-449-0734.