Qld girls on a roll
BUNGADOO twins Cassandra and Bolivia Millerick had their opponents seeing double in a dominant display of bowling prowess at the annual Queensland v New South Wales Test match at Taren Point, outside Sydney.
The Millericks, 18, played a leading roll in Queensland under-25's 3-0 domination of the series in their first competitive appearance since graduating from Bowls Queensland's junior ranks.
Bolivia served the Queensland under-25s in the singles, pairs and triples, while Cassandra competed in the triples and pairs.
Bolivia joined Lauren Wilson and Kiani Andersen, all under-25 debutants, to claim a dominant 12-shot victory over New South Wales in the final, taking the match 27-15.
Cassandra teamed up with Amanda Bessell to take out the pairs rubber 20-17 over Blues duo Jessica Evans and Naomi Elliott.
Held over three days in Taren Point near Cronulla, the annual Test match featured under-18s, under-25s and open categories.
Bolivia said she and her sister had noticed a definite shift in skill and intensity in the under-25 category.
"It's a huge step up from competing in juniors," she said.
"All the competitors in the under-25s have all been playing bowls competitively for a long time and it shows."
Cassandra said the siblings enjoyed getting one up on their southern rivals amidst the hype and excitement surrounding the NRL State of Origin.
"It's always a good feeling to beat NSW," she said.
"The last time we played NSW in the under-18s last year we lost so it was nice to get the victory this year and get one up on them."
The former Burnett Bowls Club juniors have transferred to Gin Gin Bowls Club to cut down on travel time from their father's Bungadoo property.
Bolivia said the pair was thankful of the support they had received from Burnett and Gin Gin bowls clubs.
"We're so thankful for all the help we've been given over the years," she said.
Bolivia and Cassandra would like to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games and train towards competing at the 2018 games at the Gold Coast.
"It's a long way away and there's a lot of work in it, but if we keep improving as we have been, I think we are in with a chance."
Next up the Millericks will contest the Gold Coast-Tweed Winter Bowls Carnival over two weeks in July.