Luke Jones, 14, of Evans Head play against the older guys game againts Ballina at Ballina Bowls Club on Saturday. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star
Luke Jones, 14, of Evans Head play against the older guys game againts Ballina at Ballina Bowls Club on Saturday. Photo Jay Cronan / The Northern Star Jay Cronan

Rookie looks to future

A YOUNG Evans Head man has started to make his mark on the national lawn bowls stage and is setting his sights on an international career in the sport.

Fourteen-year-old Luke Jones played for NSW Country in Cabramatta recently where he contributed to the Country side's three-nil victory over Sydney City.

He bowled so well he was picked in the NSW Under-18 squad to play in the Quad Series in Western Australia from January 9 to 12 against the hosts, South Australia and Victoria.

NSW Country was clearly superior in the three-match tie against Sydney City, winning 136-114, 147-126 and 140-115. City won 2-1 last year.

"I was confident because all their older players from last year weren't there this time," Luke said.

"They announced the NSW team after the games and I was pretty happy to be picked."

Luke has ambitions of playing for his country one day and NSW junior selector Neil Bayo believes he is well on his way.

"Luke potentially has another three or four years in the State team and he has a bright future," Bayo said.

"His consistency is impressive and he has a good all-round game. He followed his skip's instructions well against City.

"To make the NSW Under-18 team at just 14 puts gives him a good stepping stone to representing Australia.

"Luke has a good grounding playing bowls at Evans Head.

"Aaron Teys went on to play for NSW from there and he has a supportive club around him."

Luke's first outing in NSW colours occurred on December 18 when he played at an initiation day held at Taren Point in Sydney's south on December 18.

And 2012 is looking busy for Luke who will attend a series of coaching sessions in Sydney throughout the year.



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