Golden effort Benalla sensation wins pairs event
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.