ROLL UP: Issac Nelson, of Ballina, competes in the AeroBOWLS Junior tournament at Ballina RSL Bowling Club.
ROLL UP: Issac Nelson, of Ballina, competes in the AeroBOWLS Junior tournament at Ballina RSL Bowling Club. Marc Stapelberg

Green talent on show at AeroBOWLS Junior Tournament

MORE than 21 players from as far afield as southern Queensland and Sawtell are competing in the AeroBOWLS Junior Tournament for a share of $3480 in prizes at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club this week.

The competition is about participation, developing young bowls players, and giving them crucial match practice in a rigorous competition format, tournament manager Greg Danvers said.

Liam Hawkins, of Ballina.
Liam Hawkins, of Ballina.

He said on the first morning of competition it was already clear the talent and attitude of the players was of a high calibre.

"From what I have seen these players have enough talent to get to the top of the sport," Danvers said.

The singles event is being settled today with finals starting at 1pm, while nine teams will contest the pairs competition on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is set aside for a junior and senior social day.

Tait Collier, of Lennox Head.
Tait Collier, of Lennox Head.

It will include Jackaroos (Australia team members) Brett Wilkie and Mark Casey who will give tips to the youngster during a formal game as well as running a training session for players and coaches in the afternoon, Danvers said.

The inaugural event is the culmination of 18 months' work that started when the Ballina RSL Bowling Club reinvigorated the position of youth development officer, a role Danvers held up to August.

A committee including Stewart Weller, Gunner Wesley and Pete Stephan have worked with Danvers to get young people back to the club and out onto the greens.

James Percy, of Casino.
James Percy, of Casino.

For the first time in a long time the club has two bona fide junior members, he said

The group was also responsible for organising the tournament.

Danvers said the sport was once again starting to gain traction with young people because it "challenges the mind and hand-eye coordination".



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