THE Northern Rivers District’s 28 registered juniors, spread over just nine of its 18 affiliated clubs, are a thin red line – but the success of the youngsters in Ballina’s Summerland Series shows what a force they would be if more could be recruited.
Their performance punches holes in my oft-expresssed belief that juniors shouldn’t be the main target for bowls recruitment.
I’ve always argued that the main ones we should be aiming for are those in the 30-plus age bracket who are finished with more active sport and are seeking something less physically demanding.
I still hold that view, but the kids are certainly strutting their stuff.
Their district junior championships started at Evans Head yesterday, and this morning’s singles has the potential of a major event – the two top seeds, Aaron Teys and Reece Wilson, will clash in the second round.
Wilson took third in the Summerland Singles behind the winner, another junior, Yamba’s Jamie Eichorn.
Teys, captain of the NSW junior team that cleaned up every other State in the recent inaugural quad series, has won two Ballina open major singles championships and one at Evans Head, plus just about everything else.
Evans Head should be selling tickets to watch it.