WA young guns in hunt for Gold

by Cameron Harris

The National Under 18 Championships are fast approaching with seven Western Australians set to journey to Queensland in the first week of October.
A full WA boy’s team and a combined WA/Northern Territory girl’s team will compete against the other States and Territories at Capabala Bowling Club on October 3-5.
Three of last year’s team members return for WA in Jack East (Rossmoyne), Marcus Simpson (Rockingham) and Cory Day (Carnarvon).
They’ll be joined in the boy’s side by country debutants Aston Hagboom (Goomalling) and Aiden McAuliffe (Mullewa).
Only two girls have been selected to represent Western Australia who will compete with three Northern Territory girls to form a team.
Within that team York’s Emma Smith has been selected for the showpiece singles event and will play pairs with Joondalup’s Ruby Leggett.
Leggett will also play fours with her new NT team mates.
WA’s draw could be worse on paper drawing the ACT, Tasmania and defending champions Queensland in the section, however the strength of teams often changes rapidly under 18 level.
Queensland looms as the biggest test for WA as defending champions and one of the traditional under 18 powerhouses.
WA will be looking for a return to the winners circle after only taking home one medal last year.
They’ll have a final practice game against a strong senior squad on Sunday at Morley Bowling Club.
The boys will play against Shane Knott, Anthony Williams, Simon Alden, Clive Adams and Cameron Harris while the girls practice side is yet to be determined.
Live streaming will be available via Bowls Australia’s Facebook page, however only one game per session will be shown with no WA games scheduled for the first day.
Schedules for subsequent days play are yet to be made available.
Further information including draws and results available via the Bowls Australia Under 18 Championships Page.
Image courtesy of Bowls Australia