Teen aims for na­tional stage

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A Kar­ratha teenager looks a likely se­lec­tion for an up­com­ing na­tional bowls com­pe­ti­tion in Sydney af­ter putting on a solid per­for­mance in Perth.

Kaleb Wald­ing found him­self at the pointy end of those con­sid­ered for the na­tional un­der-18s bowls com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this month.

The 16-year-old won the sin­gles and pairs di­vi­sions in the un­der-18s ti­tles at Os­borne Park Bowling Club ear­lier this month.

He trav­elled from Kar­ratha es­pe­cially for the com­pe­ti­tion and played 10 games in three days, across the three dis­ci­plines of sin­gles, pairs and triples.

Wald­ing said the sin­gles was an ex­cep­tional match which led to him tak­ing out the ti­tle against his op­po­nent Pa­trick Quin­lan af­ter an early 8-0 lead.

“I beat the kid on his home ground, so he should have had that game a lot eas­ier than he did,” he said.

Wald­ing said he was wait­ing to hear whether his stel­lar per­for­mance meant he would be se­lected for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The up-and-com­ing prospect started play­ing bowls at the age of 11 and re­cently picked up a spon­sor, New South Wales’ Aero Bowls, which will help fund his travel costs.

It was a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing in Perth com­pared with his home ground and the teenager ad­justed his play­ing style ac­cord­ingly. “The pairs was very tough, the play­ers we were drawn against in the sec­tion were re­ally good, most of them are used to that sort of green sur­face,” he said.

“Down in Perth it is main­tained daily and a lot quicker, it’s not as quick, it is a flat­ter, truer, and bet­ter play­ing sur­face.”

Wald­ing said he would now turn his at­ten­tion to im­prov­ing his play­ing style.

“You can never be per­fect, you can never have a per­fect game, and I am al­ways look­ing to get bet­ter,” he said.

Pic­tures: Don Cor­bitt

Kar­ratha teenager Kaleb Wald­ing put on a solid per­for­mance in Perth.

Kaleb Wald­ing says he is al­ways look­ing to im­prove his game.

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