YOUNG BOWLERS: From left Bowls Zone 1 president Kevin Soward, Billy Hancock, 15 of Evans Head, Emily Griffin,13 of Lismore, Kurt Forrester, 13 of Evans Head, Luke Jones, 15 of Evans Head and Woodburn Bowling Club's men's president Rusty McLean. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
YOUNG BOWLERS: From left Bowls Zone 1 president Kevin Soward, Billy Hancock, 15 of Evans Head, Emily Griffin,13 of Lismore, Kurt Forrester, 13 of Evans Head, Luke Jones, 15 of Evans Head and Woodburn Bowling Club's men's president Rusty McLean. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Junior bowlers in demand

WANT to play a non-contact sport that will test your skill and tactics?

If so, then Woodburn Bowling Club wants you, and the younger the better.

Chairman of the Northern Rivers District Bowling Association for juniors, Terry Sheen, wants to encourage young people to come and try the game of bowls at the local club.

"At the moment across the Northern Rivers we have five juniors in 18 clubs," he said. "We are finding it very hard to attract bowlers no matter what age, but we know we need to show young people how great the game of bowls is. They are the future."

With that in mind, the Woodburn Bowling Club, at the suggestion of men's president Rusty Maclean, has started up a slush fund to help pay entry fees for juniors in future tournaments.

"We are looking at 16 to 18 events on the calendar where juniors have their entry paid from the fund and any money they win, they can keep," Mr Sheen said.

Luke Jones, 15, who plays for Evans Head Bowling Club is a great example of what can be achieved as a bowler, according to Mr Sheen.

"He first started playing with carpet bowls and has since progressed from there," he said.

"I am his coach and can see that he enjoys it very much."

Luke confirmed his enjoyment of the game, saying it is fun and gives him the chance to travel and socialise.

"I've played for NSW and hope to one day play for Australia in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games," he said.

"It's a game that I can always improve on."

Woodburn Bowling Club holds bowls classes on Saturday mornings at 10am which only cost $2 a session which goes towards the juniors slush fund.



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