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
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.