Keenan helps Vics to the ti­tle

Rochester’s Cameron Keenan play­ing for the Vic­to­ria Un­der 18 test team against South Aus­tralia.

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By LACHLAN DURLING

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.’’

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