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Howie a long-term national prospect

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David Polkinghorne

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games might come too soon for Andrew Howie, but Australian coach Steve Glasson is hopeful the ACT bowler could force his way into the squad after that.

Howie was again named in the Australia A squad this week and Glasson believes he can push for senior selection.

Howie will play in the Trans Tasman series against the Kiwi development squad at Howick Bowling Club in Auckland from March 20-22, while the two senior squads also go head-to-head.

The Tuggeranong Valley skipper was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open singles last week, but Glasson said he would be judged on every game he plays in big tournaments or at representative level.

''Our main squad [is the one] that gears up for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, so you would envisage Andrew's possible representation being more long-term … but the Trans Tasman series is a possible stepping stone to that,'' Glasson told ''Biased Banter''.

 

Learning curve

While Victorians Aaron Wilson and Lisa Phillips won the Australian Open singles, plenty of ACT bowlers returned from Melbourne with valuable experience.

David Templeton, Damon Jeffery and Andrew Howie progressed the furthest of the Canberra contingent, making the quarter-finals of the triples.

In the men's pairs, Alan Monfries and David Blair were knocked out in the round of 16 after beating the highly fancied Leif Selby and Nathan Rice, while Jeffery made the third round of the singles after also beating world No. 1 Selby.

Others to get to the second round were Dianne Turner and Maureen Wilkie in the women's pairs, Renee Arkinstall, Elaine Tse and Glenda Mann in the women's triples, and Robert Craven and Chris Grebert in the men's pairs.

 

Creek falls short

A heat-out has potentially cost Weston Creek the women's club challenge title when it fell short after the fifth and final round. The Creekers finished just one point behind Belconnen.

The games washed out in men's pennant on Sunday have been rescheduled for March 16.

 

Indoor focus

With the Australian Open over for another year, the ACT will turn its attention to the Aussie Indoor qualifiers.

The men have first crack at qualifying for the prestigious Tweed Heads tournament, playing from Wednesday to Friday at Weston Creek. It's the women's turn the following week, although only three entries were received.

Weston Creekers Damon Jeffery and Carol Rowe both qualified for the indoor last year.

While numbers for the Aussie Indoor were disappointing, there were plenty of entries for the ACT women's pairs, which starts at Canberra North and Queanbeyan RSL on Saturday.

Last year's winners, Julie Hancock and Gerry Nott, have decided to form new teams.

The final will be held at Canberra North on March 16.

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