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Howie on track to play for Australia

Tuggeranong's Andrew Howie has moved a step closer to representing Australia at the 2014 Commonwealth Games after being selected in the Australia A talent squad following the National Sides Championships at Broadbeach yesterday.

But the 24-year-old will turn his immediate focus to matters closer to home, joining his father and brother in the ACT State Pennant grand final this Sunday.

Howie was one of four players chosen yesterday in the Australia A squad, a feeder group to the eight-person Australian men's team.

''I'm in the top-12 in Australia now, this year's a World Bowls year and there's the Comm Games in a couple of years' time. That's something I'm looking forward to trying to crack, the Comm Games is the peak of lawn bowls.''

The Australian men's lawn bowls team actually has a younger average age than the Australian cricket team.

Howie started bowling at 10, joining his father Graeme and brother Bryant on the greens.

All three will be part of the Tuggeranong Valley Lawn Bowls team to take on Weston Creek in the State Number Ones Pennants grand final at Queanbeyan RSL on Sunday.

''It's fun bowling with the family and that's where there's real bragging rights,'' Howie said.