Young bowler on fire
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AS A young bowler, playing in a major singles final is a daunting task.
When you're playing against your coach in the final, it can be twice as difficult.
That was the assignment put in front of 16 year-old Matt Myles.
Myles had already won the Woolgoolga Bowling Club junior title before making his way through to the club's major singles decider.
Facing Frank Weigand who Myles had won the pairs title with, the Woolgoolga High student finished strongly to take out the title with a 31-18 victory.
"I think it was a little bit unexpected," Myles admitted.
"My coach didn't seem to think so but I didn't think I had a chance against him.
"The first couple of ends I started off a bit shaky but after that I got my momentum going and put my head down and got into it."
As you'd expect for someone so young, it's been a quick rise to the top for Myles who started lawn bowls four years ago.
"My grandfather basically got me into it," the young champ said.
"I broke my hip playing ice hockey and my grandfather said 'why don't you try a game of lawn bowls' as a joke.
"I gave it a go and I really liked it."
Over time, the ribbing that Myles' mates give him for playing bowls has died down but Woolgoolga's new titleholder says that players his age could find worse sports to play.
"It's probably just the atmosphere but also the people you play with," he said.
"It's competitive but they still clap you if you play a good shot.
"Everyone's trying to win but it's not over the top."
Practicing five to six times a week for over an hour each time as he works on drawing to the jack as well as his drives, Myles is now looking forward to the state CHS championships in Terrigal next week.