Cool hand Luke
LEVEL-HEADED Luke Jones refuses to be daunted about again taking his place alongside some of the state's best young bowlers.
The Evans Head Bowling Club junior could face some of the country's most promising talent later in 2013 after earning selection for the NSW Under-18 side.
Impressive performances at training sessions early in the year could secure the talented 15-year-old a berth against national rivals.
Luke, who also earned a state call-up in 2012, said he was not daunted about playing in the top-quality field.
"It is a bit weird, but you get over that," he said.
"It is just about learning the game and new skills.
"It is going to be enjoyable as you learn heaps."
Luke's talent was recognised last year when he was the only country junior chosen in the NSW Under-18 side to play Queensland.
The squad will have occasional sessions at Taren Point during the early part of 2013 before being whittled down for matches against other states later in the year.
Luke said he was delighted with last year's selection and said he hoped to do even better this year.
"It was tough," he said.
"It was a real good competition. I hope I can go back in 2013 and do a lot better."
Luke took up the game as an eight-year-old after being taken to the club by his grandfather.
The dedicated tyro trains three times a week, which he combines with studies at Evans River K-12 Community School.
"I like the fact that you are always learning (with bowls)," Luke said.
"It is also a good social sport. It is challenging but enjoyable."
John Lang, an exper-ienced Evans Head bowler who has helped oversee Luke's progress, was fulsome in his praise.
"He (Luke) is consistent, dedicated to the game and trains a lot," Lang said.
"It is rewarding to have some sort of influence on the juniors coming through."
Luke will be in action in the Summerland Singles at Ballina's Cherry Street Recreation and Bowling Club.
Top players from across Australia will take part in the three-day event, which starts on Friday.