Boys bowl 'em over for gold
WHEN it comes the bowls greens, a pair of South Tweed Sports juniors is seeing gold.
Last week, Braiden Leese, 13, and Ben Savva, 16, joined the Queensland team to contest the Australian Junior Championships at Halekulani in NSW, playing in the triples and fours teams.
While Braiden and Ben couldn't claim gold in the fours, the boys combined with Scott DeJongh to defeat the NSW team of Michael McIntyre, Jamie Eichorn and Aaron Teys 18-14 in the final of the triples to come home with the gold medal.
“It was a great experience to be part of the championships,” Braiden said.
“It was the hardest bowls that I have played and I found the greens pretty slow - I like them fast.
“It was great to have Ben on the same team and we knew it would be pretty close in the final against NSW.
“However, we had played them in a Test before and beaten them two out of three, so I think they weren't looking forward to facing us again.
“Before the championship, we set ourselves a goal of coming home with a gold medal and we did it.”
It was a hectic schedule for the boys, having to play in both fours and triples.
Braiden played lead in both and said the disappointment of the fours was made up for with the triples win.
“We just said to ourselves before the match to go out and have fun, keep our heads up and try and play some good bowls,” Braiden said.
“It worked and now we are the Australian champions.”
It was also a good effort for Braiden, who admitted that triples wasn't necessarily his favourite form of bowls.
“I prefer to play pairs, but having a familiar face in Ben in the side made it a lot easier,” Braiden said.
It was the first time the three boys had played together and their win in the championships gave the Maroon team their third gold overall.
There's little time to rest for the young man who will now contest the Gold Coast pennant final in the Open division for South Tweed Sports this coming weekend.