Ju­niors show skill and style

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

BOWLS

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.

PHO­TOS: NOEL THOMP­SON

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.

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