Up for the challenge
LAWN BOWLS: The perception that the sport of lawn bowls is for the older generation is a myth.
And if Mt Larcom Bowls Club pair of Naithen Allen and Quinn Brew van Hecke have anything to do with it, the more juniors playing lawn bowls, the merrier the future of the sport will be.
Naithen and Quinn will represent Mt Larcom State School at the Bowls Queensland Secondary Schools Cup Finals (BQSSCF) this weekend to be held at Club Pine Rivers in Brisbane.
Coach and team manager Pedro Tappenden said it's a great honour for the talented pair who are the only players from this region to play in the event.
"They are raw kids and Bowls Queensland sent out an invitation out to all of the bowls clubs in Queensland,” Tappenden said.
The mentor added that he has pushed for the youngsters to take part in the event which will involve 17 other schools from throughout the state.
Naithen is in Year 10 while Quinn is a Year 8 student and Tappenden said both are relatively new to the sport.
"Naithen started bowls in 2015 through the school sports programme,” Tappenden said.
"Quinn started in 2016 through the same programme and also (played) bare foots bowls held during the Australia Day celebrations at the Mt Larcom Club.”
The BQSSCF has run since 2005 apart from last year and teams will play six rounds on Saturday and four rounds the following day.
Naithen and Quinn will be up against Mt Morgan High School pair of Ernie Tull and David Plummer
"Even if we win five games, I will be happy and as long as we are competitive,” Tappenden said.
"A lot of the other kids are in Year 10 or 11 and most are older than my players.”
Tappenden added the team with the most points will be crowned as the champions after the final round on Sunday.
The coach said each game consists of nine sets with a 15-minute break between each game.
"It will be a big weekend for them,” Tappenden said.