Testing times to come for wizard

TEENAGED lawn bowls wizard, Matthew Miles, has earned a recall to the Australian Under-25 squad to take on New Zealand in next year’s Trans-Tasman test series.

Still nominally based at Park Beach Bowling Club, the former Woolgoolga junior was chosen alongside New South Wales Institute of Sport club mates Carl Healey and Dave Ferguson.

New South Wales Open champions Brent Cheyne and Sam Shannahan will play the blue ribbon singles while Northern Territory representative Sean Baker will round out the five-member team.

Selection brings Miles once more under the influence of another former Park Beach identity, Cameron Curtis, who is coach of the national team.

Park Beach mentor Cory Daley said Miles is also freely tipped to link up with Curtis at club level.

The young star was mentioned as being in contract negotiations with a number of organisations but a shift to Roselands is the street corner tip.

"Cameron has been keeping an eye on Matt since he first started making a name for himself and they’ve become good friends," he said. "Many believe this opportunity is another stepping stone to the top for him and he should be in residence at Roselands some time before Christmas."

The annual Trans-Tasman test series will be held in Hendra (Queensland) from March 11 to 18, next year.

Australia currently possesses every trophy played for by the two nations.

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