Locals pressing their claims
While playing in the World Indoor Bowls Championships in England, Yass's Peter Fahey and Weston Creek's Andrew Ashlin will press organisers for more Australian qualifying spots for future tournaments.
Australia, one of the powerhouses in world bowls, is allocated only one place for singles and one for pairs in the World Bowls Tour event.
The ACT duo had to win through the pairs qualifiers in the ACT, before going to Tweed Heads to get through the national play-off.
They still aren't in the main draw and have to battle through more qualifiers against the US, Canada and Hong Kong to claim a place.
''We used to have straight-in qualifiers, completely paid for, and we used to have a lot more numbers as well,'' said Fahey, a development officer with Bowls Australia.
''We've still got about 75 per cent of what it was, but over the next couple of years we're looking to get it back up over what it was.
''Australia's the No. nation in bowls, as shown by the world championships they just had in Adelaide, so we're trying to have a talk with them while we're over there in my capacity with Bowls Australia to try and get something happening.''
Their first game is on Thursday and will be shown live online at worldbowlstour.com.
The ACT women have their first hit out of the year, against the visiting Newcastle group at Queanbeyan RSL. It will be a three-Test series, starting on Saturday and wrapping up on Sunday.
After a week's delay, the Aristocrat Challenge starts Friday, with the Club Challenge next week.
An ACT A side will make its Aristocrat debut, formed from various clubs around the territory.
Pool 1 will play at Tuggeranong on Friday, with Belconnen playing Tuggeranong and Yass up against the Composites. In Pool 2, Weston Creek hosts Queanbeyan, while Canberra North faces Yowani.