Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Young Evans Head bowler bowls 'em over

AUSTRALIAN under-18 selection and victories at the NSW Combined High Schools State finals have made 2014 a memorable year for Evans Head bowler Luke Jones.

Jones was picked in the Australian squad in April but didn't make the final team that was selected to play New Zealand.

However, the Evans Head K-12 student has continued to impress on the rinks and greens, winning the singles and pairs competition at the CHS lawn bowls event in Sydney last week.

"It was a pretty strong field and I knew most of the players there," Jones said.

"I'm definitely happy with my result."

Jones won all six games to win the singles after finishing fifth last year.

In the pairs he and Corey Wedlock from Yarrunga took top spot.

Jones, 17, will have another chance at Australian selection next year. He has just joined the popular Ballina Bowling Club.

He also represented New South Wales this year and is highly regarded in the Northern Rivers.

"I think I'll learn a lot at Ballina and I'll have new people to play against which helps," Jones said.

"I've got some more games for New South Wales and another chance to make the Australian team next year."

Jones was also one of three Evans Head students who went to Kemps Creek Sporting and Bowling Club for the triples competition.

He was joined by Billy Hancock and Kurt Forrester and they faced tough opposition throughout, losing two. They then won three games convincingly against Wagga Wagga (16-11), Orange (20-8) and Mitchell High (13-2) to finish 13th overall.

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