Bowls win

Kar­ratha teen crowned in Perth

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ryan Haver­croft

Kar­ratha teenager Kaleb Wald­ing cre­ated his­tory last Fri­day when he won the Sheri­dan’s Badges and En­grav­ing men’s coun­try week sin­gles at Melville Bowl­ing Club in Perth.

The 16-year-old held his nerve to de­feat for­mer State rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dud­ley Park’s Mark Simp­son, to be­come the youngest win­ner of the pres­ti­gious event.

Wald­ing found him­self in early trou­ble, trail­ing 6-0 be­fore steady­ing to set up a mid-match lead.

The Kar­ratha young­ster got on top as the game went on, Simp­son twice re­sort­ing to killing the end when star­ing down de­feat at 20-16 and 20-19.

On the fi­nal end, Kaleb was able to con­vert the head with his third bowl, leav­ing Simp­son one last chance to pro­long the con­test, but his fi­nal bowl drew past the jack.

The up-and-com­ing prospect showed nerves of steel in the tense en­counter, though af­ter­wards ad­mit­ted to feel­ing the pres­sure of the mo­ment.

“I was ner­vous, shak­ing and couldn’t think straight,” he said af­ter the vic­tory, but looked back on his first coun­try week ex­pe­ri­ence fondly.

“The greens were all mag­nif­i­cent; the event was well or­gan­ised,” he said.

Kaleb played 20 games in eight days, across the three dis­ci­plines of sin­gles, pairs and fours.

Par­ents James and Hay­ley were present on Fri­day and Kaleb’s mother de­scribed how he was in­tro­duced to lawn bowls in 2011.

“He fol­lowed my brother-in-law to the club and came back with a mem­ber­ship form, a uni­form and a set of bowls,” she said., “He played first di­vi­sion that same year”.

Be­fore his coun­try week suc­cess, Kaleb’s ca­reer high­light was play­ing in the win­ning side in the Kar­ratha club fours cham­pi­onship last sea­son.

His op­por­tu­nity to de­fend his coun­try week sin­gles ti­tle next year will hinge on an im­por­tant ca­reer de­ci­sion, with the teenager now con­sid­er­ing an of­fer to start a green­keeper’s ap­pren­tice­ship at Sor­rento Bowl­ing Club.

Kaleb Wald­ing com­pet­ing in the Sheri­dan’s Badges and En­grav­ing men’s coun­try week sin­gles at Melville Bowl­ing Club.

Picture: Pi­eter Har­ris/Bowls WA

Kaleb Wald­ing with his prize.

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