Keenan’s form leads to state team call-up

Rochester’s Cameron Keenan, 13, has been se­lected in the Vic­to­rian un­der 18 bowls squad.

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VIC­TO­RIA’S un­der 18 rep­re­sen­ta­tive bowls team has wel­comed its lat­est mem­ber — Rochester’s Cameron Keenan.

Al­though only 13 years old, Cameron has been bowl­ing com­pet­i­tively for four years hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in Bendigo East and Kerang bowls clubs’ se­nior premier­ships.

The son of Rochester bowls coach David Keenan, him­self a former Vic­to­rian bowls rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Cameron is rep­re­sent­ing the club in di­vi­sion one, dis­play­ing out­stand­ing form that has led to his selec­tion to rep­re­sent the state.

His first as­sign­ment will be in Ade­laide in early Jan­uary when Vic­to­ria takes on the might of South Aus­tralia in a test match.

In­ter­est­ingly, Cameron is the only mem­ber of the squad to be se­lected out­side the metropoli­tan area and ranks as the youngest ever player to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria.

Rochester pres­i­dent Les Walles said the club was thrilled to hear of Cameron’s selec­tion.

“He has been in great form in our se­nior side which sits equal top of the lad­der with Moama,” he said.

“Cameron has a su­perb de­liv­ery and his ap­proach to the game be­lies his youth. In fact, he has a bet­ter grasp of tac­tics than many who have been play­ing for years.”

Cameron joined his fa­ther David and younger brother Brock, 10, as new re­cruits at Rochester this year, where both di­vi­sion one and two sides are well placed to be premier­ship con­tenders.

Proud fa­ther David said the selec­tion was proof coun­try play­ers in any sport can reach the high­est lev­els if they set their minds to it.

“Cam has worked hard at his game and hope­fully is an in­spi­ra­tion for other lo­cals to take the next step, no mat­ter what sport they play,” he said.

As for Cameron, he is look­ing for­ward to play­ing for Vic­to­ria.

“I’m rapt and I’ll be do­ing my best to make sure we win,” he said.

Rochester United cap­tain Tim Bubb and Rochester Tigers cap­tain Jake Wright ahead of their week­end clash in hon­our of late Tigers’ player Matthew Ding­wall.

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