Pupils take a bow

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Aotea Col­lege’s Jess Hall and Latisha Tuia are good mates in the school­yard and a killer com­bi­na­tion on the bowl­ing green.

The duo put in dom­i­nant per­for­mances at the Cen­tral Re­gion Bowls Cham­pi­onships in Whanganui re­cently, de­feat­ing teams from Up­per Hutt, St Mary’s and In­gle­wood to book them­selves a spot at the na­tion­als later this year.

Bradley Down, also from Aotea, re­cently won a Welling­ton tour­na­ment but missed out at the re­gio- nals af­ter los­ing two of his three matches.

Tuia and Hall have only been rolling for a year and the lat­ter says while she is not nat­u­rally sporty, she has taken to bowls with con­fi­dence.

‘‘ I can’t run, jump, catch or throw, so I guess this is per­fect for me. I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it, it’s fun and in­ter­est­ing.’’

Down says he en­joys the ‘‘re­laxed na­ture’’ of bowls, and all three agree the strat­egy and fi­nesse re­quired makes it a cap­ti­vat­ing sport.

As part

of a

part­ner­ship be­tween Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club, Col­lege Sport and lo­cal schools, 15 stu­dents spent time at the club dur­ing sum­mer, honing their skills. Only three had played the game be­fore.

Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club sec­re­tary Rachel Curtin says it has been good to ex­pose young peo­ple to the sport. ‘‘The en­thu­si­asm is def­i­nitely there. The at­ti­tudes about bowls be­ing some­thing for oldies is long gone.’’

The young bowlers will break for win­ter, be­fore tak­ing up their train­ing again in Septem­ber as they build to­wards the na­tion­als.

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