Golden ef­fort Be­nalla sen­sa­tion wins pairs event

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Be­nalla’s Tyson struck gold.

The young bowls sen­sa­tion took out the pairs event at the Aus­tralian Un­der-18 Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane last week, rolling his com­pe­ti­tion to take gold along­side Vic­to­rian team­mate Jar­ryd Davies.

But that wasn’t the only big win for Cromie, with the Vic­to­rian team also be­ing crowned the over­all cham­pi­ons of the com­pe­ti­tion, for the first time in 22 years.

Com­pet­ing against some of the best ju­nior bowls play­ers from across the coun­try, Cromie said win­ning the gold was a spe­cial mo­ment for him and his team­mate.

‘‘It sounds quite funny, but Cromie has it was the first time I have ever seen my mate cry, it was the great­est thing,’’ Cromie said.

‘‘We both won to­gether and started tear­ing up after the game.

‘‘It came down to the last end of the game, which was pretty nerve rack­ing and we hadn’t been in front all game un­til the last bowl.

‘‘It was close as soon as it left his hand, so I was think­ing is he go­ing to get it, but he did which was good.’’

The Vic­to­rian team also took out the boys sec­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion, with Cromie just miss­ing out on the bronze medal in the fours.

Cromie’s fam­ily also made the trip to Bris­bane to cheer him on, some­thing Tyson said he ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘‘Hav­ing the par­ents’ sup­port by cheer­ing and fill­ing up drink bot­tles re­ally made a dif­fer­ence,’’ Cromie said.

‘‘I’d also like to thank the coach, the man­ager and the whole team. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause they made it that way.’’

Cromie hopes to com­pete in the na­tional event again next year for his last chance at play­ing in the un­der-18s.

For now, he has his sights set on com­pet­ing in South Aus­tralia in Jan­uary.

‘‘I’ve got a bit of a break now, but there will be plenty of hard work be­tween now and then,’’ Cromie said.

The vic­tory also left the 16-year-old with a golden tale to tell back at school this week.

Above: Be­nalla’s Tyson Cromie with his gold medal after win­ning the pairs event in Bris­bane. Be­nalla’s Tyson Cromie com­pet­ing at the Aus­tralian un­der-18 Bowls Cham­pi­onships.

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