Luke Jones of Evans Head.
Luke Jones of Evans Head. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Top junior chosen in Aussie team

THE Far North Coast's latest bowls prodigy, 16-year-old Luke Jones, of Evans Head, has been selected in the Australian Under-18 squad.

Selection was based on performance in the Australian junior championships in Perth early this month.

National coach and former world champion Steve Glasson, one of the selectors of the squad of 20 who will provide the Australian teams for the next 12 months, said: "The health of the sport at junior level is very strong. The future success of bowls is assured with the wealth of talent right across Australia."

Jones has been playing at Evans Head ever since he was introduced to the game at age nine by his grandfather, Kevin Jones.

"He came with me for a roll-up and has played ever since," his grandfather said. "He practises after school most afternoons and plays in tournaments most weekends."

The youngster, the Northern Rivers district's Junior Bowler of the Year for the past two years, plays in open competition at his club and in tournaments. A No 1 pennant player in 2011 at the age of 14 playing third for David Ball, himself a senior multi-Bowler of the Year, Jones missed out on last season's pennant competition when Evans Head withdrew.

His ambition? His grandfather says the boy is aiming for the Commonwealth Games. And there aren't many who'd say this is beyond him.

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