Young bowler destined for success
GREG Moss, Condong Bowling Club’s captain, is not one prone to exaggeration so when he states that James Knight is destined for honours in the game, you have to sit up and take notice.
The St Patrick’s College, Murwillumbah, student – he turned 15 on Anzac Day – is not only an outstanding bowls prospect but has recently become the youngest club coach in New South Wales.
Tweed-Byron District Bowls Association conducted the club coach accreditation course on James’ home “track” at Condong and he was one of seven locals who passed their tests with flying colours.
“I just think he is a champion in the making,” enthused Moss.
“He took up the game five years ago and during that time I’ve been privileged to observe his growth in the sport.
“Every time he goes out on to the greens, I reckon I can see improvement from his last appearance – he’s just maturing as a bowler in leaps and bounds.”
James is having an exceptional year.
Last month, he and Julian Richards (Cabarita) won the junior (under-18) Zone 1 District pairs and the deadly duo then combined with Mullumbimby pair Rowan Fenwick and Robert Gower to annex the foursomes.
The fab four head down to Warilla, near Wollongong, on July 13 to represent the zone in the Junior State District Championships where they will compete as one of the favourite foursomes.
“His improvement this year is remarkable,” said Moss.
“He was still only 14 earlier this year when he contested the Condong men’s B grade club championship singles and he played with great touch to beat Ron Fuller, one of the best and most experienced bowlers in the club.
Moss says James possesses “every shot in the book”, backed by a competitive nature and coolness under pressure.
“He’s got the lot – a good draw and upshot and an excellent drive as well as possessing great concentration,” he said.
Condong will be doing its utmost to unearth a few more James Knights. The club is now on its way to beginning a junior bowls coaching clinic and training existing and new bowlers in the art of lawn bowls.
“The main aim is to attract new bowlers to the sport and provide qualified coaching from beginners to advanced,” Moss said.
“Bowls is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed by every one of all ages and ability. It is the only game where grandchildren can play their grandparents on a level playing field with either having a fair chance of winning.”
Condong Bowling Club invites all interested schools, organisations and people who would like to get involved in the sport to give them a call on (02) 6672 2238 to arrange a social game or some coaching classes.