TOP SHOT: Evans Head bowler Luke Jones is in the running for the state’s top junior bowler award.
TOP SHOT: Evans Head bowler Luke Jones is in the running for the state’s top junior bowler award. Jay Cronan

Evans Head teen in line for NSW Junior Bowler of the Year

EVANS Head bowler Luke Jones is one of the finalists for the NSW Junior Bowler of the Year award.

The field has been narrowed down to four, with the winner to be announced at the NSW Players Awards Evening in Sydney next month.

Winning the award would cap a big year for Jones, who has been the standout junior on the Northern Rivers.

Jones, 16, was selected in the Australian Under-18 squad in October after impressing at the Australian Junior Championships in Perth.

"I'm pretty stoked, it's been a really good year," Jones said.

"I listen to what other bowlers at the (Evans Head) club say and try to learn from them.

"I practise a lot, but I always like to have a break and spend some time away from bowls as well."

Jones started playing at the age of 10 after he was introduced to the game by his grandfather Kevin Jones.

He has already been the Northern Rivers district Junior Bowler of the Year for the past three years and was a No. 1 pennant player at his club in 2011 when he was only 14.

He is aiming high with hopes of representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

But first Jones is hoping to be selected in an Australian under-18 team of five to take on an overseas opposition next year.

"They send me drills and what training I need to do," he said.

"They'll pick the best five next year and we'll play someone like New Zealand.

"I don't know when or where it will be yet."



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