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GRADE 11 Dale Col­lege pupil, Josh Turner has found a new love – bowls.

Turner, who started play­ing the sport in 2016, has pro­gressed rapidly, so much so that he has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Bor­der at an U30 na­tional bowls tour­na­ment in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg in Septem­ber.

He has also been in­vited to join the Bor­der EZ squad, which is aimed at groom­ing young up-and-com­ing bowlers in the re­gion.

The U30 team will be cap­tained by Tar­quin Orm­ston, with Con­rad Pot­gi­eter (third), Tyler Pitcher (sec­ond) with Josh at lead.

Ear­lier this year, Josh, Pitcher, Ethan Grunewald, and An­drew Lentz walked away with sil­ver at the an­nual U20 Na­tional Bowls Tour­na­ment staged in Bloem­fontein.

Josh, who also plays squash, wa­ter polo, and soc­cer for the Dale first teams as well as lock or hooker for the school’s third rugby team, said he was proud to have been se­lected for the Bor­der U30 team.

“I think the team is a strong one which can go all the way,” he said.

He said: “Gen­er­ally peo­ple don’t ex­pect new bowlers to do well, but if one reg­u­larly prac­tises and plays in com­pe­ti­tions, they can im­prove their game.”

“I try and train be­tween three and four times a week along with Ethan and An­drew and when we play tabs-in we all learn some­thing new from the more ex­pe­ri­enced bowlers,” he said.

Both Ethan and An­drew were happy at Josh’s Bor­der se­lec­tion.

Asked why they had taken up the sport, Ethan said: “When I play I for­get about every­thing and just con­cen­trate on the game.”

An­drew, who is in Grade 10, said: “You can’t re­ally com­pare bowls with other sports as there’s no run­ning around.

“A lot of con­cen­tra­tion is needed and one has to be pre­cise with ev­ery shot.”

Both play­ers said they loved the sport and would play for as long as they could.

Josh said he would like to thank the King Bowl­ing Club mem­bers for all their sup­port.

“With­out the club I would not be where I am and I en­cour­age other young­sters to take up the sport.”

Pic­ture: BRIAN McLEAN

BOWL­ING ACHIEVE­MENT: Dale Col­lege pupils, from left, Ethan Grunewald, Josh Turner and An­drew Lentz take time off from train­ing at bowls to pose for a pic­ture

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