Keenan helps Vics to the title
Rochester’s Cameron Keenan playing for the Victoria Under 18 test team against South Australia.
CAMERON Keenan was one of the Victorian Under 18s bowlers to go back-to-back in the annual test match against South Australia at City of Geelong Bowls Club from January 8-10.
As part of a team of five boys, it is the second year Keenan has played at the state level test, also winning last year’s series in South Australia.
The format for the test series is five male and five female players from each state contesting singles and fours as well as pairs and triples disciplines over a two and-a-half day competition.
Overall, on the second day it was the Victorian boys who came away victorious with six points to South Australia’s two, 63-52.
In the third test the Victorian boys once again took it up to the South Australian boys in an exciting finish, six points to two, 59-57.
David Keenan, Cameron’s father, said the 14-year-old handled himself well on the greens as the youngest of the side.
‘‘It was really good for him to be a part of this — he was part of the winning team at last year’s test and so it was good to have another win, and this time on Victorian soil,’’ David said.
‘‘South Australia is quite a strong state in bowls and so to beat them 3-0 is outstanding.’’
David said the back-to-back effort was a strong showing for the Victorian team, and a credit to the coaching of Matt Flapper and team manager Louise Morison.
‘‘We’re quite lucky in Victoria to have such good coaches,’’ he said.
Flapper spoke to Bowls Victoria before the start of the third test and said he was keen on using the Under 18 Championships in April at Darebin City BC to look at players for the Tasmanian test in July, as well as the Victorian-hosted National Champion- ships, which the Victorian Under 18s will look to defend in October.
For Cameron, David said he’ll be shifting his focus to the local region open pairs and triples, which coincide with a few Victorian Under 18 events.
‘‘There’ll be a couple of squad days he can’t attend but he’s hoping to represent Victoria (for Under 18s) in Tasmania in July,’’ David said.
‘‘And for the nationals, it’s exciting to have one of the biggest Under 18 competitions here in Victoria.’’