Boys on Cup mis­sion

Ad­vice from young­sters: You con­cen­trate bet­ter of you eat be­fore you play

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

MONTO Bowls Clubs’ youngest mem­bers Ai­dan Queale and Con­nor Roth be­lieve there is one im­por­tant tip in the game of bowls – al­ways play on a full belly.

“It keeps your mind on the game, not on food,” Ai­dan said.

The two up-and-com­ers are in train­ing at the All Schools Cup in Bris­bane from Septem­ber 20–21, and have just grad­u­ated from Fri­day train­ing ses­sions to join the vet­eran mem­bers on the green each weekend.

“We hate it when kids beat us,” said coach and bowls stal­wart LynWoodall.

Al­though the boys lost in a tie break on the weekend, Woodall re­ported the boys had “played out­stand­ing”.

“We have been told to try and be calm, to vi­su­alise and to imag­ine where we want the bowl to go,” Ai­dan said.

At the mo­ment both boys said their strength was “draw­ing to the jack” while they work on ac­cu­racy and weight con­trol.

The kids are a nov­elty around the club, where the next youngest mem­ber is “the butcher, who is in his 30s,” ac­cord­ing to Lyn.

Ai­dan said he first be­came in­ter­ested in bowls be­cause he thought it might trans­fer well from bowl­ing in cricket, while Con­nor said he was coaxed into the sport by his grand­fa­ther.

“When I tried it out, I’d bowl a bowl and it was usu­ally a good one, so I kept on play­ing,” Con­nor said.

The two boys are in the same class at school and “al­ways play on the same team” in bowls, and be­lieve great team­work might give them the edge at the three bowls pairs All Schools Cup later in the year.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

YOUNG BOWLERS: Ai­dan Queale and Con­nor Roth are both in train­ing for the lawn bowls All School's Cup in Septem­ber.

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