Teys to Test Kiwis
AARON TEYS never thought bowls would take him overseas.
But the 16-year-old leaves for New Zealand today to take on the Kiwis in the under-18 trans-Tasman Test series.
And he leaves at the top of his game after taking out the Northern Rivers district singles title at the weekend.
“It was important to get that win before I left,” Teys said.
“I was a little bit scratchy the past few weeks but that win has pumped me right up.”
Teys became the first ever bowler to hold both the senior and junior district titles; he beat out the youth last month.
But the senior division is where the big boys play and the juniors are certainly starting to make their presence felt.
In what was an incredible first for local bowls – and probably for Australia – two 16-year-olds fought out the final of the major open championship at Alstonville.
In another first, the Teys v Alex Colligan final was a rematch of the junior final, which Teys also won.
Teys, who has been giant-killing in the game since he was 13, took the title from Colligan 31-14 but it was his semi-final performance which impressed most.
Taking on former NSW representative Neil Burgess, the youngster showed mature composure beyond his years to finish over the top of his senior rival with Burgess just two points from victory when Teys needed five.
Teys, whose record includes two Ballina major singles championships and one at Evans Head, now has his sights firmly set on success in New Zealand.
“I don’t know what to expect over there,” he said.
“But the confidence is good after winning the district title so I reckon I am up to the task.”
One thing is for sure – a 16-year-old having success in a sport played well into retirement certainly has a big future ahead of him.