Juniors show skill and style
BINJOUR mixed doubles drew champion juniors out for a two-day challenge against some of the better club bowlers.
Dedicated junior and Queensland doubles champion Taleah Putney, 15, went to Binjour to build her skills.
“I bowl because I enjoy the challenge of getting that bowl right in the spot,” Taleah said.
“This will be a fun day for me here in Binjour, and good practise.”
John Sippel, 24, from Miles, has been competing for 10 years and said going to the Binjour event was a perfect way to meet other bowlers and make friends.
“I went to bowls with my grandfather and started to play,” John said.
“I found I was pretty good at it, so it stuck.”
Last weekend’s match at Binjour was not a junior event, but the young team of Shane Rideout, 11, Carl Flegler, 12, Bradley Flegler, 11, and BrittannyWiley, 14, never thought they were going to be beaten because of their enthusiasm and desire to win.
“I get up in the morning before a carnival like this one and I want to win,” Carl said.
“Even when I am behind I want to turn my game around and win.
“My brother Bradley and I have come from Dalby to get the practise we need for the National Titles next year.”
Shane, from Biloela, teamed up with Brittany and the Flegler brothers to give the competition a bit of a shake up, he said.
From the first game, the young guns were in the top three teams and they never took their eyes off the prize.
They narrowly won the Saturday morning match, 23–21, then won again in the afternoon, 29–7.
Sunday morning brought their first loss of the weekend, with the young guns going down 20–14.
Sitting in third place after lunch, after seven ends, the score was 7–7. They needed to step it up. And step up they did. Winning 24–19 after 21 ends was just what the doctor ordered.
The youngsters finished the day with a cheque for $200 each, and a smile that will last until their next challenge.
And that, for Brittany, might be when she plays for Queensland against Auckland next month.
YOUNG GUNS: Carl Flegler (front), Bradley Flegler, Brittanny Wiley and Shane Rideout watch their opponents struggle to keep up.
Taleah Putney has made bowls part of her life since she was eight years old.
Carl Flegler brings sunshine to Binjour bowls green. Sunshine that was wanted and needed.
Bradley Flegler, 11, follows his shot down for a hit on the jack.
Biloela’s Shane Rideout follows one down.
Brittanny Wiley often seems to pull off the impossible.