2020 Trans Tasman Test Series: Honours shared after first tests

by Domenic Favata

On a damp and blustery first day of the 2020 Trans Tasman Test Series, Australia and New Zealand have claimed a test apiece at Club Helensvale, Gold Coast.

With this event acting as the final opportunity for players to stake their claim ahead of the 2020 World Bowls Championships, it was New Zealand who closed out the first test win of the day in the Men’s field, before the Australian Women secured the other test on offer right at the death.


Trailing by five shots heading into the last session, the Australian Women claimed the test match in a thrilling finish, where Natasha Scott put the Women’s Triples in a match-winning position, which New Zealand failed to reverse on the final delivery of the match.

Play now moves to Musgrave Hill on Wednesday pending the forecast of inclement weather, with arrangements in place at a nearby undercover venue in Paradise Point, if required.

Stay tuned to bowls.com.au and our social media channels to keep up-to-date with all information relating to the event.

Women’s Results & Overall –

Men’s Results & Overall –

2020 Trans Tasman Test Series
February 4-6, 2020
Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Broadbeach, Helensvale & Musgrave Hill

Australian Open Team


Singles: Kelsey Cottrell
Pairs: Lynsey Clarke, Rebecca Van Asch
Triples: Ellen Ryan, Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Scott
Fours: Ellen Ryan, Lynsey Clarke, Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott


Singles: Aaron Wilson
Pairs: Corey Wedlock, Aaron Wilson
Triples: Wayne Ruediger, Aaron Teys, Aron Sherriff
Fours: Wayne Ruediger, Corey Wedlock, Aaron Teys, Aron Sherriff

New Zealand Open Team


Singles: Jo Edwards
Pairs: Selina Goddard, Jo Edwards
Triples: Wendy Jensen, Val Smith, Katelyn Inch
Fours: Wendy Jensen, Selina Goddard, Val Smith, Katelyn Inch


Singles: Shannon McIlroy
Pairs: Shannon McIlory, Gary Lawson
Triples: Chris Le Lievre, Mike Kernaghan, Ali Forsyth
Fours: Chris Le Lievre, Mike Kernaghan, Gary Lawson, Ali Forsyth

Note: Andrew Kelly replaced by Chris Le Lievre (January 29, 2020)


Bowls Australia will be live-streaming selected matches across all three days of competition.