Three medals for WA Juniors

by Cameron Harris

Australian Under 18 Championships wrap WA has picked up three medals as the Australian Under 18’s Championships concluded at Capabala Bowling Club in Queensland yesterday.

In the boys singles Rossmoyne’s Jack East (pictured right) was solid going through his section undefeated winning 21-20, 21-16 and 21-19 against ACT, Qld and Tasmania.

In the final he played extremely well against a strong opponent in Victorian Jarryd Davies. The match was close throughout. Jack took a 19-17 lead into the latter stages and had a chance to win the match however luck was not to be on his side. His last bowl was just off target and knocked his opponent onto the jack resulting in three shots to him. Davies was them able to close out the match on the next end and replicating his win in the pairs became the only player in the event to win multiple gold medals
WA’s other chance for Gold came in the Boys Triples where the team of Aidan McAuliffe, Ashton Hagboom, Cory Day and Marcus Simpson made the final with a big 23-10 win in the last round over Tasmania to make it through on shots up. However they were beaten by a strong NSW team in the final but can holds their heads high taking home a silver medal.
The two WA girls who were making their State Junior debuts can also be very proud of their efforts. Emma Smith who played in the Singles and Pairs with our youngest team member Ruby Leggett from Joondalup. Ruby who played in a combined team in the Fours winning a Bronze medal with the side defeating South Australia in the medal playoff.
Coach Ken Perks was full of praise for his team and delighted to have come home with three medals from the Championships especially given the experience of the WA players against the stronger east states teams.
Victoria won both the Boys title and overall championship title whilst Queensland claimed the girls title.
Full details and medal winners can be found on the Bowls Australia Website
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