Aotea Col­lege bowl­ing along

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Aotea Col­lege keeps bowl­ing over its ri­vals.

Aotea’s im­pres­sive record on the green and the mat was main­tained at the Col­lege Sport Welling­ton in­door bowls cham­pi­onships in Porirua re­cently.

The four semi-fi­nal­ists in the cham­pi­onship sin­gles on June 26 were all from Aotea, as was the win­ning pair.

Bradley Down, a year 11 stu­dent, beat his school­mate, Fin­bar McGuigan, 12- 8 in the sin­gles fi­nal. The other semi­fi­nal­ists were de­fend­ing cham­pion Toss Rameka and his older brother, Ja­cob, who has won the ti­tle pre­vi­ously.

Sea­mus Curtin and Latisha Tuia com­bined to beat Colleen Mof­fat and Hamish Mof­fat (Nae­nae) 11-4 in the pairs fi­nal.

Down, a semi-fi­nal­ist last year, plays in­door bowls largely to help his out­door game, which is his main sport­ing in­ter­est.

‘‘There is a lot you can learn from in­door that you can use in out­door,’’ he said.

‘‘ This was the third year I en­tered the [in­door] tour­na­ment. I wasn’t that good at first, but I prac­tised a bit this year and was more pre­pared.’’

Down will con­test the na­tional in­door sec­ondary schools cham­pi­onships, at Porirua in late Au­gust.

Mean­while, his out­door ca­reer re­ceived a boost when he was among three Aotea Col­lege bowlers named to trial for a North Is­land team that will con­test an in­ter-is­land se­ries early next year.

He will be joined in the 28- mem­ber train­ing squad by school­mates Curtin and Brady Amer.

The North v South se­ries is part of a new high-per­for­mance pro­gramme for Bowls New Zealand, with the em­pha­sis on talent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment.

Aotea was also well rep­re­sented in the Welling­ton re­gional un­der18 out­door bowls teams this year.

Amer, Down, Curtin and McGuigan were in the five-per­son boys team that played against Vic­to­ria (Aus­tralia) in April and Tuia and Jes­sica Hall were in the girls team.

Amer and Hall also won the sin­gles ti­tles at the Col­lege Sport cham­pi­onships in Fe­bru­ary.

Down, who had his sum­mer sea­son in­ter­rupted by a bro­ken arm, recorded his most no­table suc­cess in out­door when win­ning the Welling­ton cham­pion of cham­pi­ons 1-5 year sin­gles ti­tle.

‘‘The ju­nior grades are based on play­ing ex­pe­ri­ence rather than age,’’ he said.

Aotea Col­lege bowls coach Rachel Wybourne-Curtin said it was very pleas­ing to see the large num­ber of schools rep­re­sented at the Col­lege Sport com­pe­ti­tion.

Bowl­ing bril­liance: From left, Aotea Col­lege’s Latisha Tuia, Sea­mus Curtin and Bradley Down with their medals at the Col­lege Sport Welling­ton in­door bowls champs.

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