Wi­ley turns in top ef­fort

Young Mun­dub­bera bowler claims top fin­ishes in the Queens­land Ju­nior State ti­tles, in­clud­ing a gold medal in the fours event

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH a broad smile and happy dis­po­si­tion, a young girl from the bush bowled them over at the Bowls Queens­land Ju­nior State ti­tles.

Mun­dub­bera’s Brit­tanny Wi­ley, who turned 15 just be­fore the event, com­peted this year in the un­der-18 sec­tion of the girls sin­gles and girls pairs.

Brit­tanny said in the un­der-18 fours she skipped her team with the Fle­gler broth­ers from Dalby and Shane Ride­out.

“We came first in the event to win the gold from some very stiff com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing last year’s cham­pi­ons,” she said.

“The next day I teamed up with the Fle­gler boys in the triples and we went through un­de­feated un­til we got to the semi-fi­nals and we went down to three 17-year-old boys that were just too good.”

Then Brit­tanny skipped the pairs with her friend Jess Srisam­ru­ay­bai, who is also 15 years old, from Tweed Heads.

“We man­aged a sil­ver in the pairs af­ter get­ting all the way to the fi­nal un­de­feated but we were happy with a sil­ver medal,” Brit­tanny said.

Brit­tanny’s grand­mother, AileenWi­ley, said it was a tough task with all the state play­ers play­ing to­gether.

“This is such a tough com­pe­ti­tion with many strong state teams, but this year it was great to see a lot of new faces tak­ing home the medals,” MrsWi­ley said.

“This shows there is some re­ally great tal­ent com­ing

Brit­tanny Wi­ley We came first in the event to win the gold from some very stiff com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing last year’s cham­pi­ons.

through the ranks, but num­bers were down this year for state and I would like to en­cour­age more ju­niors into this great sport.”

In the un­der-18 girls sin­gles, Brit­tanny had a tough sec­tion with two cur­rent state play­ers to con­tend with.

“I won my hard­est games against the best two play­ers 21-5, then I won my third game to get me to the semi-fi­nals,” Brit­tanny said.

“Then I went down in my fourth game by three shots and missed a fi­nals chance.”

Brit­tanny was the only com­peti­tor out of the 70 en­tered who made it through to the semi-fi­nals and above for all four dis­ci­plines, not drop­ping a game un­til the fi­nal day.

MrsWi­ley said: “The state ti­tles show­case the ex­tra­or­di­nary young tal­ent be­ing de­vel­oped across the state.”


ON A ROLL: Brit­tanny Wi­ley at the Ju­nior State Cham­pi­onships held at the Bur­nett Bowls Club.

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