RIGHT: Julie Keegan in action at the Australian Sides Championships at Tasmania yesterday.
RIGHT: Julie Keegan in action at the Australian Sides Championships at Tasmania yesterday. Bowls Australia

Our Julie squeezed out in tight Games squad

SUNSHINE Coast's Julie Keegan says she will keep striving to make the national team for future events after just missing out on a berth at the Commonwealth Games.

The 49-year-old claimed a silver medal in triples in Delhi in 2010 but was seemingly on the outer before getting a shock request to trial for Glasgow, largely because of her abilities on slow greens.

But after several trials, she just missed out on a spot in the five-woman team, which included fellow Coaster Kelsey Cottrell.

"It's a fantastic side they picked and it was always going to be very tough," she said from the Australian Sides Championships at Tasmania yesterday.

"That's just the way selection goes sometimes. Everyone can't make the team. Unfortunately only five players can get in and all the other girls are great players so I fully support their (selectors') decision.

"Being a selector myself just at club level I know how tough it is for them to make those big decisions. That's fine and I'll be totally behind the team going away."

Keegan expected Australia to be a force at Glasgow.

"I think Australia has the luxury that it could probably field a couple of teams and still be competitive," she said.

She could not have been far from selection.

Keegan was one of "about 10" women at the last national camp.

And her desire to compete at the highest level is undiminished.

"Ideally I'd love to still be there," she said.

"If it happens, it happens, but there are a lot of great players coming through.

"Australia has got great depth so it doesn't get any easier.

"Each year there's a lot of new players on the horizon which is healthy for the sport."

Keegan has played more than 100 Test matches for her country.

She claimed a gold medal in fours at the 2008 world championships, where she also snared a silver medal in the triples.



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