Young bowlers show skills in Alex

Eyeing it up: Craig James (16), of Cromwell College, works out his next move, with Alex Pasco in...
Eyeing it up: Craig James (16), of Cromwell College, works out his next move, with Alex Pasco in the background.
Made to measure: Liam Dowling (15), of Maniototo Area School, checks whose bowl is the closest.
Made to measure: Liam Dowling (15), of Maniototo Area School, checks whose bowl is the closest.
Supporters: Mt Aspiring College bowler Nick Jolly (left, 16) and David Weyer (13), of Maniototo...
Supporters: Mt Aspiring College bowler Nick Jolly (left, 16) and David Weyer (13), of Maniototo Area School, cheer on their respective team-mates while keeping score.
Keeping focused: Zion Napier (14), of Maniototo Area School, concentrates on his shot.
Keeping focused: Zion Napier (14), of Maniototo Area School, concentrates on his shot.
Time to refuel: The Roxburgh team takes a breather before the afternoon round of games. About to...
Time to refuel: The Roxburgh team takes a breather before the afternoon round of games. About to tuck into lunch are (from left) Jayde Parker (15), Ryan Bain (14), Alex Pasco (14), Aleisha Davidson (17), Emma Parker (12) and Sarah Davidson (14).

Young Central Otago bowlers are on a roll.

Central Otago secondary schools bowls co-ordinator Robbie Wyatt, of Alexandra, was impressed with the performance and attitude of 40 young bowlers who competed in the Central Otago secondary schools championship last Thursday.

‘‘I was delighted with how they performed, the maturity they displayed and their attitude towards the game and the tournament,'' Mr Wyatt said.

Five schools - Dunstan High School, Roxburgh Area School, Maniototo Area School, Cromwell College and Mt Aspiring College - took part in the tournament, which was sponsored by the National Bank. Dunstan won overall with 36 points and Roxburgh was second with 27 points.

A team was selected to represent the area at the regional final next month and the first two placegetters at that tournament will travel to the national final later this year. Two Dunstan bowlers, Kate Willyams and Olivia Smith, were second at last year's national tournament.

The Central Otago tournament was shifted from Cromwell to Alexandra this year, for the first time, using two full greens at the Alexandra Bowling Club.

The change was made so all the games could be played at one venue, Mr Wyatt said.

‘‘It all went well and I was very pleased with the support from the club and from all the businesses who offered sponsorship - they were spectacular.''

Tournament results:-Girls' singles: Aleisha Davidson (Roxburgh), 1; Kate Willyams (Dunstan), 2; Olivia Smith (Dunstan), 3 and Sarah Davidson (Roxburgh), 4. Boys' singles: Alex Pasco (Roxburgh), 1 and Zion Napier (Maniototo Area School), 2. Pairs: Connor Muir and Joe Cooney (Dunstan), 1 and Michael Smith and Cory Gutsell (Dunstan) 2. Most improved players Jayde Parker (Roxburgh) and Pip McNabb (Dunstan), runners-up: Leslie Whitley (Cromwell College) and Kate Mulvihill (Dunstan).

- Teams to represent Central Otago at the Zone 6 regional final in Gore on April 12: Girls' singles: Aleisha Davidson and Sarah Davidson; pairs: Kate Willyams and Olivia Smith. Boys' singles: Alex Pasco and Zion Napier; pairs: Connor Muir and Joe Cooney, Michael Smith and Cory Gutsell. Anyone unable to play should contact Robbie Wyatt on (03) 448-9133.

 

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