WODONGA bowler Kylie Whitehead will make her first appearance in the Victorian women’s team this weekend.
Whitehead, 19, travels with the team tomorrow to Perth for an interstate series against Western Australia.
Her selection caps impressive performances for many years in junior ranks.
But when a Victorian official contacted her to advise of her selection, she was a little shocked.
“The selector rang and I got a real surprise,” Whitehead said yesterday.
State officials have kept a close watch on her for some time when they identified Whitehead’s obvious talent.
She was selected in the Victorian under-18 team in December 2010.
Since then she has been included in the state under-25 team.
Whitehead played in the state under-25 singles championship at Bendigo and her performance there played a part in selection.
She made the final and lost 25-14 to another state representative Lisa Phillips.
Phillips will skip one of the three rinks for the series in Western Australia and Whitehead is playing second for her.
It is a young team with Chloe Stewart, 17, playing lead in one rink.
Whitehead is attending Charles Sturt Univeristy at Thurgoona where she is doing a physiotherapy course.
The team is Chloe Stewart (Kyneton), Stacey Collier (Mooroopna), Rebecca McMahon (Colac), Sam Shanahan (Bacchus Marsh) s; Victoria Truster (Clayton), Nicole Shortis (Fitzroy), Kellie Bowles (Warrnambool), Carla Odgers (Lalor) s; Judy Davey (Glenroy), Kylie Whitehead (Wodonga), Elise Cowan (Sunbury) and Lisa Phillips (Clayton).
Victoria hosts an inter-state series against Tasmania in December.
- Two Yarrawonga-Mulwala Golf Club Resort women bowlers recently claimed one of the most prized tournaments in Australia.
Anne Miles and Claire Sanders have been competing in the Moama premier pairs classic for several years.
It attracts some of the best players in the nation with $10,000 prizemoney for the winners.
Every state was represented in one of the best fields to take part.
After three days, two teams were unbeaten and two other teams were half a game behind.
Miles and Sanders were competing with Australian under-18 representatives Renee McPharlin and Breanna Dickson from South Australia for the major prizemoney.
McPharlin and Dickson were beaten by one shot in their last game with Miles and Sanders surviving two tense final ends to win.
They finished with seven wins and were unbeaten.