A TRIO of Tweed ten pin bowlers will be crossing the border to bowl for Queensland in the upcoming national disability ten pin bowling championships in Melbourne at the end of this month.
The bowlers, Adam Sutherland, 17, from Pottsville, Alan Crammond, 21, also from Pottsville and Michael Boyd, 21 from Murwillumbah have intellectual disabilities and are regulars at the Twin Towns Ten Pin Bowling Alley.
Under the guidance of coach Beth Boyd, the trio have all qualified for the Queensland team and will be proudly wearing maroon when they take on the best from around Australia in the Melbourne suburb of Sunshine from May 30 to June 6 in the TBAL Australian Championship for Bowlers With Disability.
It will be the first time that Tweed bowlers have qualified for the Queensland scratch team and to have two members in the eight person team is a credit to the bowlers and their support team.
"Both Adam and Allan have made the scratch team and have an average of 165 plus while Michael is in the graded side with an average of 135," Boyd said.
"Michael has played for Queensland before but it is the first time for both Adam and Allan.
"All three bowlers have gone to Murwillumbah High and have shown themselves to be very good students both in school and in sport.
"They have been regulars at the Tweed bowling alley, practicing every Monday and also going to Brisbane once a month to train with the state squad in the lead up to the championships."
Boyd said in the graded competition, the Northern Territory was the team to beat while the Queenslanders would be looking to extract a little bit of revenge on NSW in the scratch divisions after being beaten twice by the Blues by only two points in previous years.
"There a bit a friendly rivalry there and I’m sure the boys won’t mind playing against their home state if it means they can come away with a win," Boyd said.
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