Junior pairs decided
THE inaugural West Coffs Club junior pairs reached its climax last Saturday with an enthralling battle in the final.
William White,15, and partner Brendan Hicks, 12, started strongly in the final against their opponents Josh McMaster,15, and Arden Sheath, 12.
White and Hicks managed to win the opening seven ends of the match to skip out to a commanding lead.
McMaster began the long climb back however, transforming the second half of the match scoring a five on one end as they attempted to close the deficit.
However, the consistent bowling of White in the opening ends of the match which had stopped McMaster and Sheath from mounting an early assault, proved to be telling with the opposition running unable to close the margin before ends ran out.
White capped off a great couple of weeks adding the pairs crown to his success as team captain of the West Coffs side that claimed the SSS Trophy the previous week.
Perhaps the best feature of the final is the fact that other than Josh McMaster the other three finalists have all been bowling less than seven months, with Arden Sheath only stepping onto the green for the seventh time to play the final, a truly remarkable feat.
The competitive nature of the final was quickly replaced with comradeship as the four have teamed together to compete in the men's club fours to be held in the New Year.
Although relatively new to the game, expect the youngsters to cause some upsets when the event kicks off with the talent of the four evident to all who witnessed the pair's final.
The junior clinics and events for 2006 will commence in the second week of January with numbers already expected to swell before this date as interest in the program continues to grow. Photo: CHRISRIX05121913B