Jets searching for answers, while 17-year-old enters the fray for Vipers

The Woodend Jets are bringing an extended squad to Auckland for their Bowls3Five double-header, as they search for their first win in the inaugural televised league.

Neil Tiplady will travel with Jets regulars Jenny Anderson, Alex Wyllie and Na Katae, with the Woodend playing trio to be confirmed shortly before its opening match at the New Lynn Bowling Club tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 6).

“He’s quite handy…and he’s a good bloke too,” Katae said.

“When you look at our results we’ve got to keep trying new things.

“We’re desperately trying hard to get our first win.”

While either Katae or Wyllie will make way for Tiplady, Anderson’s place is assured.

The third year bowler has helped the Jets make a mark, despite their winless start, with the Woodend team asked to pose for a selfie at Auckland Airport last week.

“For once it wasn’t all about Grizz,” Katae said.

“Jenny is the one who attracted the attention because of the way she’s bowling.”

Na Katae has “wiped off” the black eye he sported last week, after a supposed disagreement with Wyllie.

“I would like people to know that was a prank for TV,” Katae said.

“If they were watching closely, they would have seen it come off after the first set.”

The Jets will face the high-flying Stoke Thunder in the opening match of week three before backing up against the Royal Oak Rockets in the third and final game of the evening.

In between those two matches, the Point Chevalier Pirates will square-off against the Stokes Valley Vipers, who are without their usual skip.

Bowls New Zealand’s male development player of the year Seamus Curtin will deputise for current Blackjack Blake Signal, who is sitting out the next couple of weeks of competition.

James-Cameron Powell will replace Curtin as Stokes Valley’s lead, with Lisa White to continue as the Vipers’ number two.

Powell has just finished at Aotea College, where Curtin was the head boy, and at 17-years-old is the youngest player in the competition.

While small in experience, Powell is big in stature, measuring at nearly 6’6”.

“I’m going to be surprised if they can see anyone as I’ll be blocking the camera,” he joked.

Powell was introduced to bowls by his mother, who has been helping him prepare for the competition.

“I’ve been practicing so much. I really want to get out there and do my best,” he said.

“It is a good opportunity for me to showcase myself and just show what I have to offer. Also just to have a good time and represent my club and do our club members proud and do my mum proud.”

The top of the table Gore Rams have the night off tomorrow before their double-header on Wednesday.

Day 5 matches (all broadcast LIVE on SKY Sport 2):
Stoke Thunder vs Woodend Jets – 7:05pm
Point Chevalier Pirates v Stokes Valley Vipers – 8pm
Royal Oak Rockets vs Woodend Jets – 9pm

Standings after two weeks
Gore Rams 12
Stoke Thunder 9
Pt Chev Pirates 9
Royal Oak Rockets 3
Stokes Valley Vipers 3
Woodend Jets 0


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