Young bowlers take over the greens

JUNIOR bowlers took their bowls very seriously at Glasshouse Country Bowls Club’s first ever Junior’s Pairs Carnival, held on the weekend of December 12-13, with a total of $5,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Competitors came from clubs across South East Queensland including Kenilworth, Gympie, Paradise Point, Gayndah, Bongaree, Solander Lakes, Mapleton, Geebung, Algester, Tweed Heads, Helensvale and as far afield as Cunnamulla.

The greens were at capacity with a field of 32 bowlers (16 pairs) competing across four divisions, which saw seven local bowlers taking home prize money.

Glasshouse Country Bowls Club has one of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest contingent of juniors and its nine juniors were keen to make the most of the local competition.

Chloe Runge and Jack Cirgwin took out the first prize of $600 as overall winners in division 2. In division 3, Caysee Wilson, who was teamed up with someone from outside the club, shared the $400 first prize for overall winner.

In division 4, Glasshouse bowlers took out all the prizes, with Hayden and Zach Flood taking home $200 for a first place overall win and Josh Williamson and Charlie Mens won $100 as the runners up.

More than 24,000 spectators enjoyed the event, although quite a few weren’t there in person but took the opportunity to watch via live stream.

Glasshouse Country Bowls Club is keen to increase the participation of younger bowlers into the sport. The club believes shining a light on the sport and creating opportunities for young members is a great way to make this happen. With the first successful carnival behind it, work is now under way for the next junior carnival to be held on Monday-Tuesday, June 27-28, which will also be live streamed.

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