Genevieve Delves drafted into Emerging Jackaroos

by Domenic Favata

Australian selectors have rewarded one of the in-form names in Australian bowls by drafting New South Wales’ Genevieve Delves into the Emerging Jackaroos squad.

The Raymond Terrace product has enjoyed a stunning rise in the sport since taking it up halfway through 2013, and her recent unrivalled record has been acknowledged by selectors.

A maiden Australian Open Women’s Pairs title (with Dawn Hayman) in June kick-started a fruitful run which included her first Australian Indoor Championships Women’s crown, NSW state Singles, Pairs and Triples titles, as well as a runner-up finish in the state Fours.

With a decorated background in elite-level representation across a number of other sports, Delves was delighted to make the step up into the Emerging Jackaroos fold.

“I was a little bit shocked, to be honest. I wasn’t expecting the phone call,” Delves said.

“I’m never content with anything. While there’s something always left to achieve, if I put my mind to it and I’m committed to it, I’ll always try and give myself the best opportunity to go that one step better.

“It’s just the way I’ve always been.”


Despite being surprised with the volume of her recent accolades, Delves said she always knew she had the capacity to perform at the top level and was eager to continue testing herself going forward with involvement in the Bowls Australia (BA) High Performance program.

“I didn’t expect to go as well as what I did this year,” she said.

“I always knew that I was going to be able to mix it with the better players but to get the results I did (Australian Open and Australian Indoor Championships titles) and then back it up with three state championships after that, it’s been pretty full on.

“One of the biggest things I’m most certainly looking forward to is being involved in the [Jackaroos] training programs.

“I’ve been able to get myself to this point off my own bat and with the help of ‘Tash’ (Natasha Scott, NSW state teammate) but it’s going to be great to get a different perspective on my training programs to go that one better than what I am at the moment.”