2022 Trans Tasman series postponed

by Val Febbo

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions between Australia and New Zealand, the Trans Tasman test series scheduled for March 8-10, 2022, will be postponed.

The Jackaroos and Blackjacks were due to lock horns at Queensland’s Club Mount Tamborine, which has been working diligently with Bowls Australia (BA) to replicate the green speeds that both nations would face in Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

However, with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases across Australia’s eastern states and the New Zealand government’s latest rules requiring travellers returning from across the ditch to isolate for ten days before entering the community, BA and Bowls New Zealand have agreed to move the date of the 2022 Trans Tasman to a time of less uncertainty.

Following the New Zealand government’s announcement, Australian National Coach Gary Willis said the health and wellbeing of all players is paramount and supports the decision made by both organisations to postpone the event.

“While we were all looking forward to heading to Queensland for our first international matchup in two years, I fully support the move to postpone the event within these uncertain times,” Willis said.

“These decisions are never made lightly and we must make the health and wellbeing of all those involved as our number one priority.

“I want to thank the players and Club Mount Tamborine for their support in the postponement, and it goes without saying that the first time we do step onto the green for the next Trans Tasman will be even more special.”