15 yr old Aaron Teys of the Ballina Club plays for NSW U/18, won the 2006 Ballina Club Championships and in turn went on to become District Singles Champion of Champions.
15 yr old Aaron Teys of the Ballina Club plays for NSW U/18, won the 2006 Ballina Club Championships and in turn went on to become District Singles Champion of Champions. Brenden Allen

Teys just too hot to handle

BALLINA lawn bowls star Aaron Teys just had the hottest tournament of his life.

The 15-year-old was a member of the NSW State team which defeated both Western Australian teams and narrowly lost to the South Australian team at the Interstate Test in Western Australia from January 12-15.

Towards the end of the tournament, the temperature was so high that their bowls became too hot to handle.

“It was really hot over there, and we had to have a break at the last four ends because our bowls were too hot to hold,” Aaron said.

“It's the only time that has happened to me,” he said.

The WA team won overall, but Aaron said it was 'good fun'.

Aaron has also just received a two-year sponsorship with Henselite, and is waiting for his new set of bowls to arrive.

“The rep rang me up and asked what bowls I wanted, so I just told him,” Aaron said.

“They're going to be narrow-draw, and be royal blue with white speckles through them, with the Bulldogs logo on them.

“The Henselite factory was closed over Christmas, so hopefully they will be here soon, so I can take them to my next comp.”

Despite the general perception that lawn bowls is for senior members of society, Aaron said that 'lots of younger people are getting into it'.

“My friends used to pick on me about it at the start, but they don't anymore after they found out you get more money from bowls tournaments than you do playing football,” he laughed.

“My best friend signed up the same time I did, and he's doing pretty well too.”

Aaron said he first got into bowls as a five-year-old, when his father Craig Teys let him 'drop a few' during practice.

“My dad plays it, my pop plays it, and my nan on my mum's side plays it, so it's sort of in the blood,” Aaron said.

“But it took me a while to become this good,” he said.

Now Aaron and his father are preparing to play in the Australia Day weekend tournament to be held in Ballina, with Aaron looking to compete in the Queensland Test and the national titles later this year and continue his long list of lawn bowls achievements.



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