Trio prove bowls is not just for oldies

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Three young lawn bowlers are the lat­est off the Porirua pro­duc­tion line in the sport, and they are look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing their re­gion in Auck­land later this month.

Sea­mus Curtin, 12, from Plim­mer­ton School and Brady Amer, 13, and Bradley Down, 14, (both from Aotea Col­lege) took part in the re­cent Kit­ty­hawk tour­na­ment in Palmer­ston North.

The event is for bowlers un­der 19 and is part of a path­way es­tab­lished to iden­tify fu­ture na­tional play­ers.

The three are part of a strong bowls cul­ture be­ing devel­oped at Aotea Col­lege, in part­ner­ship with Plim­mer­ton Bowl­ing Club.

Each played three games in Palmer­ston North, of­ten pit­ted against bowlers much older than them­selves.

Amer fin­ished sixth, Down eighth and Curtin ninth.

‘‘It was really good to see how we com­peted against play­ers much older than your­self, it was a good ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ Amer says.

They all qual­i­fied for the Kit­ty­hawk na­tion­als Paku­ranga over Easter.

‘‘We’ve all got a few years left yet, play­ing at this [ Kit­ty­hawk] level, so we know we’re go­ing to im­prove,’’ Down says.

Coach Rachel Wy­bourne Curtin says the three will prove to be good role models for other young play­ers.

Her Aotea Col­lege bowls pro­gramme has 19 reg­is­tered play­ers.

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It is a sport that con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, Down says.

‘‘Peo­ple need to just get it out of their heads it’s an old per­son’s sport.

‘‘It’s really so­cial and you’re mak­ing friends for life.’’

He and his fel­low bowlers put in up to five hours of prac­tice on the greens each week, as well as play­ing both days of the week­end through­out sum­mer.

Aim­ing high: Sea­mus Curtin, Bradley Down and Brady Amer are ex­cited about play­ing the Kit­ty­hawk na­tion­als in Auck­land, ‘‘rep­re­sent­ing cen­tral [re­gion] and our­selves’’, Down says.

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