Experience is gold for Braidan

SOUTH Tweed Sports' Braidan Leese was one of 16 boys taking to the indoor bowls green at the Tweed Heads Bowls Club to contest the 2009 Junior Golden Nugget tournament over the weekend.

In a curtain-raiser to the main Golden Nugget singles event currently under way at the club, some of Australia's best junior girl and boy bowlers converged on Tweed in search of the prestigious title.

Braidan, ( pictured right) is one of three Leese brothers who play for South Tweed under the guidance of champion, Kelvin Kerkow, and is a Queensland junior state representative, having won the junior state under-15 Singles, Pairs, and Triples this year.

He started the tournament with a win over Queenslander Mitchell Wilson 20-11 before running up against eventual Junior Golden Nugget winner Dylan Fisher, from Victoria, in his second-round match.

Fisher, who was in devastating form right through the tournament, downed the South Tweed Sports bowler 37-5.

In a closely fought tussle against fellow Queensland rep player Scott De Jong, Braidan went down 20-18, missing out on the semis but gaining valuable experience in tournament play.

The final was between Fisher and NSW's Sean Mawdsley, with Fisher running out victor 25-17 to go through the competition undefeated.

In the girls' competition, it ended up being an all-Queensland affair between sisters Shahn and Carly Griffiths from the Caloundra RSL Club.

Both girls are Queensland state representative bowlers, with Carly being the state junior singles champ, but on this occasion, Shahn turned the tables on her to claim the Junior Golden Nugget title.

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