Youngsters step up to take on best in the district

ALSTONVILLE bowler Daniel Sawyer will get his first taste of Northern Rivers District Association junior championship competition on Friday.

Sawyer will line up against some of the best young talent in the region in the district junior pairs competition at the Alstonville Bowling Club.

He won't be alone with 14-year-old Indy and Kit Conlan also competing in their first junior championship.

Sawyer is the newest to the sport having been introduced to the game by the Conlan boys.

He will pair with Lismore City player Emily Griffin.

Bowls has been a change of pace for Sawyer who can usually be found on the rugby union field, or playing water polo.

He has already represented Queensland at junior level in water polo.

"He's an athletic young bloke and has been bowling for about six months now," club member Bob Thompson said.

"The twins got him involved, and they've come a long way since they started."

It won't be easy for the Alstonville players with under-18 state representative and Evans Head player Luke Jones teaming in the event with Billy Hounslow who he has won a state pairs title.


At a glance

What: NRDA junior championship

Teams: Four

Format: Each team plays each other in a round robin

Players: Daniel Sawyer/Emily Griffin, Indi Conlan/Kit Conlan, Kurt Forrester/Josh Bruggy, Luke Jones/Billy Hounslow

Start time: 9.15am

Next round: Winning team advances to zone junior championships in April at a venue yet to be decided

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